We love our volunteers, the runners love our volunteers and our volunteers love volunteering! The ultra running community and these type of races, survive only due to the help and support of volunteers, they truly are the lifeblood of the sport we all love.
With the kind of races we organise ie. marked and fully supported, we need a lot of help to get things running smoothly. A typical compliment will be 70 - 140 volunteers per race. If you want to help out we would love to hear from you.
Course Marking - All of the Centurion courses are marked to minimise chances of runners getting lost. To mark a 100 mile course requires 30 - 40 hours spread across a dedicated group of runners or walkers in the 24hrs leading up to and during the race.
Course Sweepers - The course is swept during the race, with sweepers following the last runners in and clearing all markings/ trash as they go. This is a great way of experiencing the race route and witnessing the incredible strength of those at the back of the pack.
Aid Station Crewing - Each Centurion course has between 5 and 14 fully stocked aid stations. Aid Station Crews are under the management of an aid station captain, but it is important for us to have a minimum of 4 people at each aid station at any one time. Duties include constructing the temporary shelter/ organising the hall if indoors, helping runners refill bottles, laying out the different food types for runners to help themselves to, recording numbers and uploading them live to the website and most importantly providing enthusiasm and encouragement in bundles for runners that are tired, in pain and in need of some TLC!!!
Ever got to the end of a marathon or ultra and said 'thank god for that volunteer back there who handed me that coke/ helped me fill my water bottles/ ran with me for that section/ told me about the upcoming hill and to take it easy/ called my family and told them what time I'd be at the next aid station/ made me a ham and cheese sandwich/ put the ice in my hat' etc etc etc. Well, we have, and if you are one of those people then consider this as an opportunity to 'pay it forward' but get something else in return.
We promise that you will enjoy your experience in whatever shape or form over race weekend.
You can register to volunteer to help at any of the Centurion Events by clicking on the button at the top of this page.