Brathay Trust, organisers of the Brathay Windermere Marathon, is looking for extra volunteers for this year’s high profile event. With over1,000 runners set to start the marathon, from Brathay Hall on Sunday 22 May, Race Director, Scott Umpleby, is keen to give competitors and spectators the best experience possible. Mr Umpleby said: “This is arguably one of the most scenic, and challenging, marathons in Europe with runners having to complete a gruelling 26.2 mile course that is defined by its undulating nature. Because of this we always try to ensure that we have enough volunteers to cater for the runners’ every need.”
And paramount to the success of the event, as a spectacle, is the number of Course Marshals in attendance on the day. Their task will be to guide the runners, whilst warning the public, so that the two do not come into conflict with each other. This ensures the well being of the runners, spectators and general public alike.To keep runners hydrated, throughout the day, there will be regular Refreshment Stations positioned around the course, offering runners the opportunity to re-fuel with sports drinks and bottled water.
Mr Umpleby explained Brathay Trust would like to hear from those individuals interested in volunteering as either a Course Marshal or Refreshment Station Marshal. He said: “We’re looking for adults aged 18+ who are physically fit for the role and they also need the ability to be polite and considerate at all times. Volunteers have to be aware that when runners are particularly fatigued they can become very emotional.”
All volunteers will receive training where they will receive a wealth of information about the marathon including the route, use of radios and emergency procedures. Mr Umpleby concluded: “Our regular volunteers tell us that they get a great deal of satisfaction from the day and they feel that they make a genuine contribution to one of the greatest days in the Cumbrian sporting calendar.”