Here you will find all the information you will need to carry out your Race Marshall Duties .
Firstly a big thank you for volunteering your time to be be a race marshall at our events. With out you guys the hundreds of racers that turn up to race simply would not be able to. Although being a Marshal carries with it some responsibility in keeping the riders safe from harm and danger it can also be one of the most rewarding, getting up close to the action and being engaged with the riders as they come past you in some of the best view points not available to the ordinary spectator.
We hope this guide will make your time more rewarding and enjoyable as part of our race day team. As marshalling is on a volunteer basis we can only pay towards your out of pocket expenses and we also provide a packed lunch and drinks for your services. We pay £45 per day in cash on Sunday after racing has finished. At Nationals this will be £60 as its a slightly longer day.
Firstly there will be a Marshall Briefing that you will need to attend this will be notified to you in advance of the weekend, and will typically be near the signon Tent. This will take about 10-15 mins and you will be given instructions relating to your day duties and may also include specific info regarding your Marshall point if near a Hazardous feature or road crossing etc. You will also be given your Marshall Kit , including a Radio, flags,a sanitised whistle, spare course tape, a rubbish bag aswell as your Packed lunch inc sandwiches, snacks, crisps, chocolate bar cold drink and a Flask of hotwater and choice of drinks sachets tea/coffee to take with you.You may want to bring extra food along with you aswell.
If your position is in need of transportation you will be directed to this and also be informed of your return arrangements at the end of the day. Please note that you will be stationed on a mountainside for the duration of the practice and on race day, please make sure you have brought suitable clothing and footwear to be comfortable and please bring any waterproofs to cope with changing weather conditions swell as any suncream or insect repellent. If you need toilet break please let your head marshall know and we will arrange cover for you.
Your specific responsibilities will include:
Ensuring that spectators and any Media stay in designated areas and off the course at all times. Ensure that nobody enters the ‘B’ zones whatsoever, or below the course tape on steep corners and are always on the high side of the track. Media personel do not position themselves in harms way or in a position that may break a riders concentration, any flash lenses are not pointed so as not to blind a rider. Anyone found should be addressed and asked to move, if they refuse please contact the Head Marshall who will come and deal with any situation.
A full Marshall Radio check will be carried out before a course will go ‘Live’ “Marshall 2 in position” and so on .
Once Practise is underway
• A single blow of the whistle should be made for every rider that passes past the marshal position, this allows the rider to know if he has another rider behind him.
Before using any flags on course check to see if another rider is nearby and allow the fallen rider time to get up and carryon, during racing there is 30 second intervals and this may be plenty of time for the incident to clear without using flags and slowing the race down.
• Yellow Flag, this may be used during practice only and is to slow the riders down if there is an incident in front of you so that the riders can negotiate at a slower speed i.e walking pace. A yellow flag must not be used once racing has started on Sunday . you should also use the radio to let the chief marshal know of any incident or flag i.e.” Marshal 6 yellow flag rider down” when the incident has passed radio again ” Marshal 6 track clear”
• Red Flag, this may be used during practice and racing and is to stop riders for when the track ahead is closed. A red flag should only be used during racing if a serious incident occurs and requires the track to be closed for medical assistance. Again use the radio ” Marshal 6 rider down RED Flag , ”
• Informing riders of accidents and or dangers using the red flag a rider must not carry on down the track. he must stop as soon as its safe to do so.
The marshal should ask if a rider is ok or needs medical assistance, if its a race run and the rider is off the track and isn’t in harms way the race may continue if the Commissaire approves.
Commissaires: Once the race has started the Commissaire is responsible for ensuring the race is run under the race rules. They may contact you to seek your input on a certain situation that you have witnessed at your location. For those holding radios and red flags then only the Head Commmissaire can call a red flag situation and it is their command you must follow.
• Should a rider break the tape, Radio to Head Marshal and arrange any necessary course repairs as soon as possible.
• Reporting any incidents of foul riding, cutting of the course and any other significant rule infraction.
• Inform any possible infringements made by riders by rider number only.
•Helping to clear the course of rubbish, course tape, race signage and poles after the event on Sunday.
Radio’s Key Points:
• If you are talking on the radio – No one else can transmit.
• Only communicate over the radio on event/race information, please don’t use this do communicate with you friend on another marshal point.
• Ensure the Radio is close by and you are able to hear any communication.
• Respond to all radio checks with your Marshall number only.
• If an emergency situation arrises, act immediately and communicate a response.
• All emergency communication must go through your head marshal who will directly inform the Commissaires.
• You may be the first person to contact medical assistance after a crash. Provide your Marshall number, location of the incident from you i.e.; above or below. near any features on track etc. what the riders condition is etc. .
• Please look after your radio and return it to the head marshal at the close of each day.
During the day:
if a rider comes off his bike more often than not they are ok, raise a yellow flag to warn other riders of his position and radio in that there is a ‘yellow flag at marshal point X’. More often than not a fallen rider will quickly rise to his feet check around that he poses no danger to anyone and will remove himself and his bike from harms way, allow him to do so only if he poses no risk. Do not move to assist at this point as you may yourself come into danger! If it is more serious a red flag will need to be raised , Radio this in and get all riders to stop immediately, if a rider is deemed to ignore a red flag radio in his number to the head marshall who will along with the Commissaire deal in an appropriate manor. If safe to assist , either seek assistance from a fellow rider or at the worst assist yourself and asses the situation and communicate with the head Marshall.
You may also see that the course has changed and become unstable to safely compete on and may require observation or assistance from the course maintence team. Again radio in to the head marshall.
Upon the end of racing each day if you see any litter around your area we ask that you could use the black bilinear that you are given each day to keep your area clean as we are usually in either a forest or private farm land and any rubbish can be a danger to both wildlife and the envioment.
At the end of racing on Sunday we also ask that each Marshall clear from his marshall point to the next of course tape that can be put into the bin liner and then also any signage and course poles. There may be designated collection points for the poles and these will be given at marshall briefing on Sunday morning. This does help us tremendously at the end of the event.
After Saturdays practise please make your way to the Marshall briefing area, where we will have a small marshall debrief you can hand back you kit . At the end of Sunday once you have cleared down the track and made your way back , we will have a marshall debrief and you will receive your payment from our marshal team for your services.