Guidance for Marshals

Marshalling is part of club life; anyone who wants to race depends upon others helping. Marshalling is an enjoyable experience if you are prepared and know what you are doing. It’s also a good way to involve non-cycling friends and family.

Before the event

Get a copy of the programme so you know exactly what is happening. The organiser should post a programme to you.

On the day

Take with you:

  • Enough clothes to keep warm during the event(s).
  • A sun hat and sun cream on hot days.
  • Waterproofs and over trousers if it may rain.
  • Shoes you can stand up in or get out of the way of cars or riders quickly. (Not ‘Look’ plastic cleats!).
  • Food and drink to keep you going through the event. (Good organisers should provide food and drink but don’t be caught out!)
  • A whistle for letting other marshals and the public know that the race is approaching.
  • Pen and paper to note details of any incidents.
  • If you are in a car you can take a broom to sweep any gravel or glass off the course, and chairs for waiting time.

Go to the headquarters, collect a fluorescent jacket and a red flag and let the organiser know you are there.

Check the warning signs at your location can be easily seen by road users, and are positioned to give adequate warning of the event.

During the race

  • One marshal should direct the race, other marshals should warn other road users. It is most important to warn oncoming traffic.
  • Stand in a prominent and visible position for maximum public awareness. Stand in the road in a decisive and positive manner, but also make sure you are safe.
  • Hold a red flag out into the road, so cars may drive round it.
  • You are allowed to ask the traffic to stop, but traffic does not have to follow your instructions or wait. (Only Police Officers, Police Community Support Officers or legally empowered marshals may stop traffic.) If you stop or direct traffic or pedestrians without lawful authority you are committing an offence.
  • Politely thank any traffic that stops. Explain what is happening, request the driver’s patience and apologise for any inconvenience.
  • If there is an altercation, or a driver endangers the event or other road users, record the vehicle registration number, time and place and report these to the organiser.
  • If a member of the public makes a complaint, ask for their name and address and refer them to the race organiser or commissaire.

Things NOT to do

  • DON’T take photographs of the race – you must not be distracted from guiding and protecting the riders.
  • DON’T admit any liability after an incident; leave that to insurance companies, commissaires and organisers.
  • DON’T enter into discussions on incidents or complaints with the public; refer them to the race organiser or commissaire.
  • DON’T behave in a manner such as to give offence to the public interest or such as to bring the sport into disrepute.