The Events Team and Volunteers

What makes a 'good' race?

People have different opinions on what makes a race a good race. It can be a combination of many things, including the venue, the courses, the organisation and the atmosphere. We believe that whilst all these things are important, it is people that really make a race. 

It is the Event Team and army of volunteers that are responsible for creating the event venues, preparing the swim, bike and run courses at the race and delivering the field of play for the athletes to compete on.
It is people that make you feel welcome when you register for the event, enter in to transition, attend race briefings and pasta parties.
It is people who offer those all important words of encouragement when they are most needed and it is people who can get you through a world of trouble just by being there to give you your next feed / drink and raise your spirits when most needed.
It is people that are there to support you every step of the way and to welcome you back when you finish the swim, the bike and the run.

We believe that the 3.8k swim, 180k bike and 42.2k run, is a team effort between athlete and volunteer - one without the other doesn't work so well.

 

What do the Events Team do?

This list is massive and can be split in to pre-event, event day and post-event activity.

Pre-event activity includes setting up staging, fencing, bike racking, inflatable structures, swim buoys, direction signs, caution signs, marquees, branding and advertising material, filling up water barrels, transporting food and drink around the course, preparing athlete bags, car parking, working on the pasta party, security and setting up the athlete finish area and athlete village.

Event day activity includes car parking, securing, directing, organising transition, swim wave starts, swim safety, swim exit team, transition changing, transition flow, bike mounting, bike marshalls, directing athletes, road closures, bike drinks stations, run marshalls, lead bikes, safety bikes, race referees, motorcycle escorts, finish line team and athlete support.

Post-event activity mainly includes taking down everything that has been put up. It is also extremely important that when the event leaves, it doesn't look like a war zone and our impact is negligible. This means ensuring all courses and sites are free of signage and litter. Additionally, there is also the awards ceremony taking place on the Monday to celebrate the achievement of all the athletes. 

Whatever the role of the volunteer, you can be certain that through your efforts you have helped somebody to achieve their dreams of finishing the 3.8k swim, 180k bike and 42.2k run of Challenge UK

 

Become a Just Racing volunteer - We want you!

There are many ways to get involved with volunteering at Weymouth next September. The important thing is that you do. Without a huge team of volunteers there is no race for the athlete to compete in and during the course of the next 12 months we will be aiming to recruit over 1000 volunteers to help make the race an exceptional experience for all of the athletes involved. There are 3 main ways to volunteer: 

Option 1: Volunteer as an individual. Send us your contact details, any skills you may have that may be helpful to know, when you would be available to volunteer and whether you have any preferences to the roles that you will be asked to do. 

Option 2: Volunteer with colleagues or friends (from 2 people upwards). As with option 1, send us the contact details for just 1 person in the group, along with any skills any members of your group may have. We will try to keep the whole group together so you can share the volunteering experience.

Option 3: Volunteer as a club. There are certain areas that need large groups (20 plus people) all working together, such as feedstations and transition zones. In our experience, clubs working together generate a good banter and a really positive vibe, which is then passed on to the athletes giving exceptional on course support. If this is something you feel your triathlon, cyling, running or other club could offer, then please contact us with your club's name, primary sport that you take part in, approximate club membership numbers and how many club members you would be able to provide on race day.

For the clubs that volunteer, we can donate a number of free entry spaces for the Weymouth Half Marathon which takes place in March 2016. 

As a big thank you for joining the Just Racing Events Team, all volunteers will be looked after during the event. You will be fed and watered and receive a volunteer pack with a few surprises in. Additionally all volunteers will be invited to a special after party on the Monday as a way of saying thank you.

 

Contact Us

If this sounds like something you would be interested in being part of,  then please drop us an email Hayley@justracinguk.com and we look forward to welcoming you to the Just Racing family.