The Sector D marshals, ready for duty! (Taken from the Facebook page).
On Sunday, I was up and on the road by 5h13 (yep, such a traumatic experience that I remember the exact time on the clock!) to make my way down to Brighton for the Bright10 road race. But instead of running, this time I donned my BOSH top and a bright pink high vis jacket and experienced things from the other side of the cones – or in this case, in between them!
If you’re going to volunteer at a road race, BOSH are a fab group to do it with. They’re a hugely friendly and supportive bunch, and welcomed me into the fold from the moment I arrived (in the cold and the dark, pre-7am!)
The marshaling itself was fairly straight forward; we were assigned a junction each along the Marine Parade and were instructed to manage the road blocks that were in place. There were a few notable moments – the biggest of which being when the lead runners were almost taken out by a bus! (I can confirm the crisis was narrowly avoided, and the winner finished in an amazing 47:04). There were also a couple of sumo wrestlers, a running minion and an elderly guy in teeny tiny Union Jack shorts and a bright purple wig… Rather you than me, guys!
Whilst we were spaced too far apart to talk to each other, we managed to create a Mexican wave of cheering and support for the runners as they passed, and the atmosphere was brilliant (despite being freezing cold – after 2 hours of standing still, I definitely envied the runners!)
Once we got the nod to leave our posts, we crossed the road and cheered the runners on from above. (We might also have heckled a man who took a not-so-sneaky bathroom break at the side of the course…) 😉 I think we managed to spot almost every Bosher on the course!
I then headed back to the race village, where all of the marshals were given a free cake (sooo good) and I got to have a bit of a chat with some of the other Boshers – in the daylight, this time 🙂
My thank you note and epic Bosh bag. What a lovely gift!
The marshals were each given a very thoughtful thank you gift – a BOSH bag, which I will definitely be taking to ALL of my races from now on to show it off!
If you want to join a fantastic group of runners of all abilities, ages, backgrounds and from all over the UK, I encourage you to go and join the Facebook page!
Failed selfie that makes me smile so up it goes!
I spent the afternoon with James (yep, I totally made him get the train down to meet me. But I let him have a lie in, and drove him home, so I feel completely justified!), eating my body weight in sausage and chips and trying to keep myself awake with coffee.
Brighton was stunning, even with the clouds – and sitting on the beach listening to the waves was a perfect end to a brilliant day!
Brighton, you beaut.
Did you run this weekend? How did it go? 🙂