Event Crew

MK Marathon Event Crew Needed


We’re staging a contact-free, covid-secure event experience between 25 and 27 June 2021, with reduced numbers of entries for each event as well as fewer volunteers.

We need your help with marshaling the route, assisting with the start and finish, as well as rewards.  All volunteers receive a commemorative badge and branded drawstring bag containing cool MK Marathon branded items and the gratitude of thousands of participants!

You will also be given PPE to wear during your shift and a hi-viz vest.

Sign up for your favourite 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

Read the Volunteer Code of Conduct here.





Roles on Friday 25 June

We will have one event on Friday evening and will need your help with the start line, marshaling, and giving out rewards at the finish.


Roles on Saturday 26 June

We will have three events on Saturday with the Rocket 5k, Half Marathon in the morning, and the fun run in the afternoon. We will need your help with the start line, marshaling, and giving out rewards at the finish.


Roles on Sunday 27 June

We will have two events on Sunday with the marathon and marathon relay running at the same time. We will need your help with the start line, marshaling, relay crew, and giving out rewards at the finish.

Event Crew Rewards

All Event Crew will receive a quality drawstring bag, face mask, cool wrist band, either a cap or beanie (packed at random), and a commemorative MK Marathon badge.

MK Marathon Weekend Event Crew Rewards 2021

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.”

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.

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.

Yes, you must wear the PPE supplied (gloves and mask) for the duration of your shift

Do not travel to the event if you are showing any symptoms of covid-19 as outlined by the NHS

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