COLCHESTER STAMPEDE 10K VOLUNTEER TEAM 2022
Firstly, thank you for joining the Colchester Stampede 10k this Sunday, I hope you enjoy the day
For helping out you will receive:
2 x free RunThrough UK races
1 x RunThrough Kit T-shirt (RRP £22)
1 x 15% discount code at one of the UK’s leading online retailers, SportsShoes.com – Access to Zoo after the event
To claim your 15% discount at SportsShoes.com you will need to head to: https://www.sportsshoes.com/ and use your code at checkout.
**the coupon box for your code is at the top of the payment page on RunThrough Kit, not the bottom.
Some people get confused with the gift card box which is located at the bottom**
Your codes will be given to you race day by Ja’Tila at the end of the event. Once the morning has finished you will be able to head into the Zoo for the rest of the day.
ARRIVAL TIMES & MEET UP POINT
Early team: 5:30am
Late team: 7am
Please pop an email if you would like to be in the early team at 5:30am, joining this team will mean you will be setting up the event so lifting will be required. If you have a head torch, we would highly recommend you bring it as it still might be a little dark for the 5:30am team
**You will be compensated with additional races and a T-shirt if you are in the early team**
Meet up point
All staff will be required to meet at Colchester Zoo and park in the staff parking area which is the carpark to the right-hand side when you enter the zoo (The left carpark is for runners only) then head to the event village which will be sign posted. Upon arrival at the information desk, you will be asked your name to sign in and you will be given an event staff Lanyard and Hi Vis. Your colour Hi vis determines the role you have requested. A green Hi Vis means you are COURSE MANAGEMENT and an orange hi vis means you are EVENT VILLAGE/FINISH LINE HOST. If you were flexible and did not have a preference, we have allocated you your role and the colour hi vis will be issued on the day. *Our Marshal brief will be taking place at 7:15-7:30am at the Marshal sign in tent located in the event village*
X Marks your entrance on Maldon Road, follow the dotted route to your free staff parking
As mentioned in the meet up point section, all staff will be able to park in the staff parking area which is the carpark to the right-hand side when you enter the zoo for free. The runner’s carpark will get busy on race day so we separate staff and runners so you can leave the park freely during the afternoon after you have been in zoo.
If you have chosen course management as your role and you also have driven to the event, you may be asked to take staff to their positions on race day, you will be given a petrol reimbursement if you have to drive on the course.
(We will assume all drivers are happy to carry passengers on course unless you tell us otherwise, please email if this affects you)
On race day there is a high possibility runners will ask you about the course so here is a brief overview of the course and the locations they run past alongside a map to explain this ☺
This 10k route is a fully road closed event. With one of the most unique start lines in the UK, the race both starts and finishes within the Zoo itself. The first and last kilometres are within the grounds of Colchester Zoo, with the route navigating you past Elephants, Tigers and Hyenas to name a few. The remainder of the course is made up of fully closed country roads which offer a picturesque run through the Essex countryside. The course is undulating with the main hills appearing at 0.8km, 1.8km and 8.8km. Despite the hills there is plenty of flat with some brilliant downhill sections too.
You can also see the course in action via relive here: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1789427?units=km
Roles on the day
If you are on Course Management your role will be supporting and cheering the runners on the course in a specific position given by our team leaders. Your team leaders would have allocated your position before the event so please do let us know if you are looking to be placed somewhere specific.
Some marshal positions require you to drive to your position so please let your team leader know via WhatsApp/email if you do not have a vehicle as we can re allocate you ahead of time.
ALL course management staff are required to download the app called ‘What3Words’. What3Words is a free app that also does not require you to sign up << WIN WIN. If you are on the course, you will be given your ‘What3Words’ on the day during your brief.
You will be issued a marshal bag during your brief which will include, tambourines (outside of the zoo marshals only due to the animals), recycling bags, gloves, water. You will also be given a medic card which will include 3 numbers:
Please call number 1 on your card which will be our course Lead: This number will be for anything course related I.e., a problem with a resident, a sign has fallen off, external parties/pedestrians requesting information you are unsure of.
Please call number 2 on your card which will be our event village lead: This number will be for anything related to our event village i.e., baggage questions, general runner questions or any other query you may have.
Please call number 3 on your card which will be for the medical team: This number will be for anything related to the health and safety of our runners I.e., a runner has taken ill, sustained an injury or any other medical assistance.
It is super important that you have your ‘What3Words’ at hand when calling the medics, you will be required to quote your ‘What3Words’ when they answer.
EVENT VILLAGE HOST/FINISH LINE ASSISTANT
If you are allocated event village host or finish line assistant you will be helping out within the event village, this may include bag drop, registration, start line assisting, crowd management and way finding.
Finish line assistant will include, preparing the finish line goodies for finishers, handing out medals, taking photographs for runners, litter sweeping and way finding.
Your specific role within these areas will be given to you by your team leader if you have not requested anything specific.
Any problems during your role and you cannot find assistance, please call your team leader via the number provided during your brief.
DURING THE EVENT ‘DO’S AND DON’TS’
- Help clear water bottles: It is super important that we keep the Palace, gardens and all other locations around the course as clean as possible so if you do come across water bottles, please help us and pick up any bottles you may come across by squeezing the remainder of water out and throwing in a bin or bin bag.
- Try to assist as many runners as possible and if you do not know the answers, please call the EVENT VILLAGE number on your marshal card.
- Take photos and videos of your experience and post in the WhatsApp group on event day, our team are looking to create a video of the event and we would love to have you all involved.
- Cheer on as many people along the way! You never know just how much your support can change a runner’s experience
- HAVE FUN AND ENJOY YOUR MORNING!
- Wear headphones: Runners and staff may need your assistance both on course and in the event, village so please remove headphones for the duration of the event.
- Smoke: We ask that you refrain from smoking for the duration of the event both on course and in the event village. If you wish to smoke, we ask that you do so before arriving.
- Guess an answer: If you are unsure on a runner question, please explain to them that you are not sure and you will contact someone who can help. Do not guess your response as this could hinder the runners experience on the day. You can call the EVENT VILLAGE number on your marshal card and they will be able to help you!
- Leave your position without letting somebody know or being given the go ahead to do so. The runners rely on you and your positions so if you do need to leave a position on course management, please call number 1 on your marshal card. If you are in the event village and need to leave a position, please ask the team leader or call number 2 on your marshal card.
- Please feel free to bring snacks/lunch with you. Unfortunately, there will not be a designated lunch time but you are welcome to eat during the event. You are also welcome to bring any food and keep it in the event village if you plan to spend the day in the Zoo after the event.
- The weather looks clear and sunny with highs of around 22 degrees on Sunday 15th May so please wear clothing that will keep you protected from the sun and even sun-cream if you wish.
- We have a number of stalls supplying hot drinks and food, alongside retail stalls so if you wish to purchase anything on the day all stalls will take card and cash payments.
- If you are in the early team, it will still be dark at 5:30am so please consider a headtorch. We may not have enough to give to everyone.
I look forward to meeting you all on Sunday 15th May.
Jatila and the Colchester Stampede Team 🙂