Event Crew

MK Marathon Event Crew Needed


Please join our team on 1-2 May 2022 and make this prestigious running event a massive success for Milton Keynes!

We need your help! Without your support and effort, the MK Marathon would not be possible. There are numerous opportunities to help from helping to prepare 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, and help with wrapping up festival activities.  

What are the benefits of being involved?
All volunteers will receive a briefing, an official Platinum Jubilee-inspired t-shirt, a commemorative pin badge, and a Subway-packed lunch.

You will also enjoy a sense of satisfaction that you are helping us stage the best event possible for Milton Keynes, as well as the gratitude of thousands of participants!

NEW FOR 2022

In addition to this, you will receive the choice of a FREE entry into a future event for yourself, a family member, or a friend.

  • Fun Run helper = earn a free fun run place in a future event
  • Rocket 5K helper = earn a free 5k place in a future event
  • Any other events = earn a free half marathon place in a future event


2021 – Sarah Jane-Bird

2022 – Natalie Garfoot [ NOMINATED: Annis Turner, Charlie March, David Stride, Sarah Evans, Natalie Garfoot, Jason Raggett, Debbie Dickinson, Nic Burke & Paul Swannell]

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

Roles on Sunday 1st May

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

  • Rocket Race HQ: 07:00 – 09:30
  • Rocket Finish: 08:00 – 10:30
  • Pre-Race Day Setup: 10:30 – 13:30

Stadium Area Monday 2nd May

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

  • Baggage and Rewards: 07:00 – 17:00
  • Race Registration: 07:00 – 16:00
  • Race Start Team: 07:00 – 17:00
  • Superhero Fun Run Marshal: 07:00 – 12:00
  • Marathon Relay Team: 08:00 – 17:00
  • Event Photographers: 08:00 – 17:00
  • Course Cleardown: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Cow Mascots

Course Marshals Monday 2nd May

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: 08:30 – 13:30
  • Course Photographers: 10:00 – 16:00

Event Crew T-Shirts

Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

MK Marathon Weekend Volunteer T-Shirts 2022

Event Crew Pin Badge

Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Milton Keynes Marathon Weekend Event Crew pin badge celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Recognising our dedicated volunteer groups


Redway Runners support the MK Marathon events

The Redway Runners, with over 2,500 members, is the biggest running club in Milton Keynes. Established in 2010, the club caters to 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.”

Find out more about the Redway Runners [ here ]

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

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.  Nearer to race day, you will get all the info about your tasks, joining instructions, etc.

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.

Please contact the Event Crew Coordinator as soon as possible by email [ run@miltonkeynesmarathon.co.uk ]. 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.

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 it if you contact your line manager by phone or text before leaving.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide lunches in 2021 due to the Covid-19 situation.

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.

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.

Sorry, no, we prefer to rewards our volunteers with merchandise and a lunch pack instead.

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. In the worst case, on race day, come to the volunteer check-in at the Stadium Arena – there will always be tasks to help with.

Please bring your own water and food and carry it with you during the race and please dispose of rubbish responsibly
Please bring warm clothing, rainwear and sun cream (hopefully you’ll need this)
Please bring a fully charged mobile phone (key contact numbers are on the next page).
Please bring your own hand sanitiser
Ensure you maintain the latest Government Social Distancing rules at all times

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

Do not travel to the event if you are showing any symptoms of covid-19 as outlined by the NHS. Please email us on run@miltonkeynesmarathon.co.uk to let us know that you won't be joining us.

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