Being a marshal is a huge
responsibility as it is the walkers welfare and safety in your hands. Your
areas of responsibility could include:
- Helping to register
- Organising traffic and parking
- Checking in walkers
at different checkpoints
- Collecting the walking
- Handing out water
- Putting lifejackets on
- Cheering on and boosting morale
- Assisting medics
and First Aid staff
- Being visible and available to anyone who
requires assistance or help
Marshals Kit List
- MAP - Event maps will be distributed to
each checkpoint, but we advise you to have a road map in the car so you can
find your checkpoint in the first place!
- Wide-rimmed sun hat, sun
- Comfortable shoes/trainers
- EVERYONE is encouraged to bring sleeping bags, tents and an
- Warm clothes
- Spare clothes and plenty of socks
- Anti-midge repellent, midge net and clothes that cover all
skin are essential in the early evening, the midges can be a
At the start of June, Marshal's will receive further details
of where to be and at what time.
Marshal's help is
much appreciated as we have quite an operation to organise with around 1500
walkers and a further 750 plus people in support teams. This is Scotland's
top charity endurance event and we hope to raise many thousands of pounds.
Your help is just as necessary as the walkers taking part - it is their
safety you will be in charge of, so it is vital that you pay attention to
the instructions you are given now and on the day. If you are asked to get
some sleep, please try and do this, as without alert marshals, accidents
are just waiting to happen.
It is also vital that the
marshals, despite often trying circumstances, retain a high degree of
humour and competence. However tired, try to keep up morale not just for
the walkers and their support teams but for the other marshals too. A
simple smile is better than nothing. Remember it isnít you that is
necessarily going through a pain barrier. Tiredness is rife, emotions run
high, tempers are short and everyone will be so appreciative of the
smallest morale boost.
- Remind walkers they must check in and alert the retiree
marshal if they are not continuing.
- Keep noise to a minimum in
built-up areas, especially in the early hours
- Drive with caution -
you might be awake for 30 hours depending on your checkpoint's
requirements, so please make sure you get some sleep before driving
anywhere. Other than catching some sleep in the car at various checkpoints,
there will be the opportunity to use a bunk house, tent or
- Fill up with petrol before the night section in Fort
William, Onich, Glen Coe and Tyndrum (Tyndrum is open 7am-10pm)
- Only walkers and event officials are allowed at the water stops,
so please ask all others to move on. This is for safety reasons, as
congestion at these mainly roadside venues could cause an accident. If
necessary, threaten to disqualify their team if they donít move on - that
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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- At the finish area, there are NO shower or washing
- Disqualify any walker you find walking along the road,
(unless genuinely lost or injured). Do not instruct any one to walk down
the road unless specifically instructed by one of the event organisers.
Under NO circumstances will this order come from anyone else.
you are given a report of a walker in trouble, please inform the chief
marshal at your station / checkpoint. Failing that, immediately advise the
Army medics and radio communications centre at your checkpoint. If
necessary, the helicopter will be sent to their rescue with a medic. The
event organisers, Army medics and the officer-in-command will make this
decision at the time. Do not try to influence this and please only report
the facts as given.
- Ask the walkers to carry any litter they
might have to the next rubbish skip.
- Make sure walkers display
their number at all times.
- Remind walkers to inform the retiree
marshal if they decide for whatever reason to retire from the walk at any
stage. If you are given this information, immediately make a note and pass
this on to the retiree marshal, who will inform event HQ and the subsequent
checkpoints. From a safety perspective, please ensure the necessary action
has been taken. This will save sending out rescue parties and prevent the
event organisers and emergency services who might waste time looking for
walkers on the hillside.
If you have any
questions about becoming a volunteer Marshal, please do contact us
Email: [email protected]
0131 524 0324