The organisers of the Kielder Marathon weekend have put out a final call to members of the public to help out.
More participants than ever have signed up for the Kielder Run-Bike-Run, 10K, marathon, junior races, and the new half-marathon, which take place this weekend.
However, that increase in enthusiasm to take part has had an impact on the number of volunteers who have signed up to help out on Saturday and Sunday.
Volunteers at the Kielder Marathon weekend can fulfil a wide range of roles, from course and waterstation marshalling, to goody-bag packing and handing out medals to finishers. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to help out.
Every volunteer will receive an Events of the North crew jacket and a packed-lunch for the day they help. There is also an option for volunteers to stay for the whole weekend, with accommodation provided on a first-come first-served basis.
Event organisers have arranged buses to transport helpers to Kielder from Newcastle Central Station and return them at the end of each day.
Kielder Marathon founder Steve Cram said: “Competitors in the Kielder Marathon races really appreciate the contributions of the volunteers.
“The events have the most picturesque setting possible, but the courses are certainly challenging and I know that our runners and cyclists really appreciate the encouragement they get as they make their way around Kielder Water.
“Many of our volunteers from last year have been inspired to take part this time, which is great, but it does mean that we could do with a few more people to step forward and help us to create the wonderful Kielder Marathon atmosphere once again.”
One volunteer this year will be 17-year-old Alix Pennington from North Shields. Alix’s involvement will contribute towards the work she is doing to achieve a Level 3 Sports Leader qualification.
While Alix is helping out, she will also be able to cheer on her mum, Jill Clark, who is tackling the full marathon for the fifth time, and her brother Archie, who is running in one of the junior races.
Alix said: “I am really looking forward to helping out at this year’s Kielder Marathon events. Although I won’t be taking part in any of the races myself, by volunteering, I’ll be able to help everything run smoothly for the competitors and be around to support my mum and Archie in their races. On top of that, I will get to spend a day out in a really beautiful place.”
Anyone who would like to volunteer to help over the Kielder Marathon weekend should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07932 661031.