Event Crew to help run the Milton Keynes Marathon

Event Crew

Please join our team and make this prestigious running event a massive success for Milton Keynes!

MK Marathon Event Crew


We need your help! Without your support and effort, the MK Marathon would not be possible. There are numerous opportunities to help ranging from helping to prepare before the event to setting up the course. On race-day, volunteers are needed to act as course marshals, to assist with the start and finish, to staff water stations along the running route and to help with wrapping up festival activities.  All volunteers receive an official volunteer t-shirt, packed lunch, invitation to join us at Wetherspoons, Midsummer Boulevard in the evening of the event and the gratitude of thousands of participants!

Sign up for your favorite MK Marathon volunteer position now!  You will be contacted by our volunteer team closer to race day with final instructions.  Thank you for your help and support!

My favourite race that I volunteer to marshal at all year, it’s so well organised and a great atmosphere. I look forward to seeing all the returning runners and the new ones, especially if it’s your first marathon.

Ann Virco – Volunteer




Stadium Area

This could be helping with registration, information, photography, baggage, marshaling, rewards, the start line or giving out medals at the finish.

  • Stadium All Day: 07:00 – 17:00
  • Superhero Fun Run Marshal: 07:00 – 12:00
  • Marathon Relay Team: 08:00 – 17:00
  • Event Photographers: 09:00 – 16:00
  • Course Cleardown: 09:00 – 17:00

Course Marshals

Ensure safety at junctions and direct runners along the course. The marathon and half are divided into 4 zones known as Command Posts or CP’s. Arrival time and duration of commitment will vary depending on which CP you select, as follows…

  • CP1 – start to mile 10 (08:00 – 13:00)
  • CP2 – mile 10 to mile 18 (09:00 – 15:00)
  • CP3 – mile 18 to mile 26 (10:00 – 17:00)
  • CP4 – half mile 7 to finish (8:30 – 13:30)

Event Crew Pin

All Event Crew will receive a commemorative MK Marathon pin showing the year and number of the event. Each year you can proudly wear a lanyard displaying the pins from every MK Marathon you have volunteered at.

MK Marathon 2018 Event Crew Commemorative Pin

Recognising our dedicated volunteer groups


Redway Runners support the MK Marathon events

The Redway Runners, with over 1,200 members, are the biggest running club in Milton Keynes. Established in 2010, the club caters for every level of runner. Organised runs take place every day of the week. Redway Runners have been a major supporter of the MK Marathon from day one. Apart from the many runners that actually take part, great pride is felt by providing the MK Marathon team with hundreds of volunteers from among its members to make sure the day goes well.

When asked why the group continues to volunteer at the MK Marathon, club Chairman Martin Lawrence emphasised that “the event is a great opportunity to connect with other individuals from the Milton Keynes running community.” His advice for other volunteer groups is to “make the most of the opportunity, as giving back in these events can feel as rewarding, if not more so, if you are committed and enthusiastic during volunteer efforts.”

Thank you, Redway Runners! We are proud to have you as part of the MK Marathon family!

Group or Charity volunteers

If you are part of a local community, club, company, charity or group that might be interested in getting involved, we would love to hear from you! Please email us at run@miltonkeynesmarathon.co.uk

Event Crew FAQ’s

1. What happens after I sign up?
2. May I bring a friend?
3. What if I cannot attend?
4. What if I cannot stay for the entire shift?
5. Is lunch provided?
6. How should I dress?
7. Can children volunteer?
8. Do volunteers receive a discount on race entry fees?
9. What do I do if I do not receive my Race Crew confirmation e-mail or phone-call?
10. What should I bring with me?
11. What if I’m unable to stand for long periods of time?

1. What happens after I sign up?

You will receive a confirmation e-mail from the Event Crew Coordinator. Some further information exchange may be needed, to ensure that we understand your requirements fully. This is where providing your (mobile) phone number is important, as sometimes it’s easier to get finalise details by phone. Nearer to race day, you will get all the info about your tasks, joining instructions etc.

2. May I bring a friend?

Yes you can. There are many occasions when friends sign up together, and wish to work in the same area. Please encourage them to sign up.

3. What if I cannot attend?

Please contact the Event Crew Coordinator as soon as possible by email. There are many reasons why volunteers find they cannot attend. The most important thing is to tell us as soon as possible, as we can then put contingencies in place. We always appreciate that you volunteered in the first place, even though circumstances may dictate otherwise.

4. What if I cannot stay for the entire shift?

Once you sign up, we are counting on you to stay for the full shift. We count on each volunteer to stay until the end of the shift.
However, we realise there could be an emergency, and if this occurs, we would appreciate if you contact your line manager by phone or text before leaving.

5. Is lunch provided?

All event crew will be provided with a baguette or roll and bottled water. However, bringing your own snack and drink is also highly recommended.

6. How should I dress?

The race is early May and the weather is usually warm and sunny, however there can also be rain! So you should bring layers and waterproofs if you are a course marshal. Please check the weather forecast beforehand and wear comfortable shoes. You will receive a Race Crew T-shirt that you should wear, that identifies you as a part of the official MK Marathon Event Crew.

7. Can children volunteer?

Yes, but there are restrictions. Normally, children will be part of an organised group, such as the Scouts, who will have their own supervision.

The minimum age for someone to work on their own, or as a marshal on the race route, is 17 years.

8. Do volunteers receive a discount on race entry fees?

Sorry, no.

9. What do I do if I do not receive my Race Crew confirmation e-mail or phone-call?

Final confirmation e-mails are sent 7-14 days prior to race day. If it is less than a week to the race, and you still don’t know all the information you need, please email the Event Crew Coordinator with your query. At the worst case, on race day, come to the volunteer check-in at the Stadium Arena – there will always be tasks to help with.

10. What should I bring with me?

Please bring your mobile phone. We highly recommend bringing as few personal items as possible. We cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items.

11. What if I’m unable to stand for long periods of time?

When you volunteer please state any special requirements or disabilities on the sign up form. We will do our best to accommodate you.


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More Information

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Email: run@miltonkeynesmarathon.co.uk