Race for Life: Walsall 2012


This year I decided not to take part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life as I had already taken part in a sponsored event earlier in the year. However, I knew I still wanted to help the charity and offered my services as a volunteer instead. I roped hubby and a couple of friends from work in and so today we got up early (7am) and headed over to Walsall Arboretum for the event.

We were given our orange volunteer t-shirts and then helped set up the Volunteer and Admin tents. Hubby was assigned as a Marshall whilst I was given the responsibility of Admin Manager for the day. It was brilliant. Unless you’ve volunteered,  you’ll never know how hard the Event Managers (including Stage Manager, Course Manager and Race Managers) work co-ordinating all the Marshalls, ensuring all the participants get round the course and ensuring everyone’s safety at all times. The behind the scenes work is amazing.

We were all given radios to ensure we could keep in touch and then before we knew it, hundreds of participants started to arrive and the atmosphere turned almost party like. I was looking after the Admin tent where participants came to get their race numbers and back signs whilst answering all sorts of questions about the event. I was quite surprised with myself at how comfortable I felt speaking to everyone but I almost felt quite helpless as there were many cancer sufferers and survivors taking part and their strength was incredible. A very humbling experience.

The race was a success, all the participants completed the course, the sun stayed out and hubby got a little sun burnt whilst marshalling the finish line. Hubby really enjoyed himself too and I think we’ll both be signing up again next year to volunteer if I don’t run the race myself.

Overall, a pretty brilliant day doing our bit for Cancer Research UK in the knowledge that we’ve done our good deed for the charity. {sig}

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