All motorsport events need volunteers to make sure they are run safely and effectively. Marshalling is a rewarding way of getting involved more closely and joining a community of like-minded enthusiasts.
Marshalling on Mid Antrim Motor Club events can involve anything from being in the middle of a stage on a stage rally ready to help if anything goes wrong to running a start control and seeing the nervous excitement of crews about to head into a stage or manning the stop control and seeing the elation of competition as crews come off a stage.
If you don’t have any experience in marshalling but would like to get involved then volunteer for our next event. Drop the Chief Marshal a line (their details will always be in the event regulations) and they will ensure you are paired with an experienced marshal who can show you the ropes.
Marshalling is a great way of getting close to the action and it’s an extremely important role – without marshals, there would be no events. As well as marshalling, rescue and recovery crews are also an important part of motorsport. For more information on marshalling, rescue and recovery crews and volunteering in general, click here.
There are plenty of other roles that need to be filled to ensure an event runs successfully - for example event secretaries are needed who do anything from helping write the regulations to ensuring caterers and toilets are booked. The Chief Marshal for an event recruits marshals and works closely with the Clerk of the Course and others to plan where marshals need to be and allocates accordingly. On the day, their role includes signing marshals on and telling marshals where they need to go. Clerks of the Courses have overall responsibility for the event.
The club operates a shadowing programme to help potential new organisers/volunteers so if you are interested in finding out more please feel free to contact any organiser of an event or any committee member.
For rally marshals, there is a new online training and accreditation scheme to ensure that everyone has a common understanding of their roles and responsibilities, the management of spectators and how to handle an incident.
To undertake the online training, click here and either login if you are an existing MSA member, or register if you are new.
Once logged in follow the links for ‘Online Training’.
The Motorsport Marshalling Partnership (MMP) was set up in 2000 by a number of motor clubs with the aim of recruiting more marshals, encourage marshals to help at more events, reward marshals for their contribution helping at events, and provide training to improve marshals’ skills. The motor clubs work together to achieve the common goals by providing a marshals incentive and reward scheme.