Announcement: The next Wheelbase Fred Whitton Challenge will be on Sunday 7th May 2023
What jobs need to be done?
Before the event
Putting up road signs, putting rider packs together, getting the site ready… even mopping the banners
Out on the road, all junctions are marshalled along the 113 mile route so we need lots of volunteers to man these. We have received countless email and Facebook messages telling us just how much their efforts are appreciated and how important you are to the cyclists standing in the rain for hours, cheering the cyclists on and boosting their morale.
Specific skills aren’t a requirement to volunteer but if you do have any specialised skills such as First Aid, Mechanical, IT, Catering and you’d be happy to assist in these areas please let us know.
Volunteering will guarantee a place in the following year’s ride at a reduced price, details are sent out in the December before the Event.
Frequently Asked (volunteer) Questions
- What is the minimum age to volunteer?
You will have to be 16 but you will not be alone as we always have at least two marshals on each position.
- Will we receive any training?
Because of logistical problems with the distances involved we can only offer advice from our chief marshal by email, but each area will have a manager who will contact you on the day.
- If I volunteer will it guarantee me a place in the following year ride?
Yes you will be guaranteed a place the following year at a reduced price, details will be sent out to you in December.
- How do we get back from our Marshalling position?
Normally we would expect you to have your own transport, but if not we can help with travel arrangements for you.
- I am a joiner, do you need that kind of skill too?
Because we have a varied number of positions for our volunteers, we try to make the best use of any talents you may have.
- Do volunteers get food & drink?
Yes, on route there will be a volunteers pack handed out with sandwiches, choc bar, water etc. Any volunteers near the Grasmere HQ will have food provided there.