ORGANISERS of the Ealing Half Marathon are currently recruiting volunteers for the 2014 race, which takes place for the third time on Sunday, September 28.
All volunteers receive a free breakfast, T-shirt, memento medal and training. Free race places for the 2015 race are also up for grabs for any volunteers who feel inspired after experiencing the unique race day atmosphere.
A total of 500 volunteer places are available on race day including marshals, water station teams, baggage co-ordinators, race village co-ordinators, race pacers and traffic co-ordinators. All details can be found on the website www.ealinghalfmarathon.com/volunteer.
The training sessions for volunteers take place during the week and at weekends in the two weeks leading up to race day, with volunteers requested to attend one session to receive the full brief and details.
Organisers are also keen to hear from community groups, clubs and charities who can organise a team of volunteers in return for a financial contribution, as well as exposure and promotion at the event.
Event Co-Ordinator Sandra Courtney said: “Volunteers are a key part of the Ealing Half Marathon, with each one actively contributing to the event. Last year, hundreds of volunteers got involved and helped us spread the #EalingFeeling and win a prestigious award for the race with the best atmosphere. “Volunteering is a great opportunity to feel part of the event and to meet like-minded people. It is also a fun and rewarding experience. To get involved, complete the volunteers form on the website and someone from the team will get in touch.”
The Ealing Half, which attracts 6,500 runners, was voted No.1 for Best Atmosphere in 2013 by Runner’s World UK and also recently won the Best Half Marathon’ award at The Running Awards.
One of only three half-marathons in London held on fully-closed roads, the race starts and finishes in Lammas Park. Registration is open with entry fees of £32 for affiliated runners and £34 for unaffiliated people. All finishers receive a distinctive medal and an online e-goody bag after the race.
Go to www.ealinghalfmarathon.com for further details and to register, like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/ealinghalf and follow @EalingHalf on Twitter to keep up to date with all the latest news.