I signed myself to volunteer recently at a Cancer Research UK Race for Life event at Cheltenham racecourse.
Stick me in a high visibility jacket with a radio and I’m your girl (be it with a slightly inflated sense of importance).
It was very windy (hence the squint) and, being Britain, I did get caught out in the rain for a short spell. Observation of the day, racecourses aren’t great for weather protection.
Here are some choice phrases from my time as the very important marshal number six on the 3km, 5km and 10km run:
- “I want your tutu!”
- “3km that way, 5km that way. Also, check me out with my semaphore arms!”
- “You’re doing this so I don’t have to!”
- “No such thing as going too slow. Look at me, I’m standing still!”
- “It’s very windy here!”
- (In response to someone asking for a mid-course vodka tent) “don’t have shots, but lots of shouts – YOU’RE AWESOME!” (It made them laugh.)
A big shout out to everyone across the country who make Race for Life (and similar) events happen and to all those taking part and raising money to support such a worthwhile cause. I’d wholeheartedly recommend volunteering for anyone looking for a fun day out (with a laugh or two along the way).