Volunteering at the London Marathon
Waking up at 5am on Sunday morning in London could only mean one thing, the iconic London marathon. I headed straight to Mile 25 for 6:30am to secure a good spot and set up our banners, flags and balloons which would later become our last base to cheer on the Dream Team across the finish line!
At 9am Yvette and her daughter joined me just in time to cheer the young runners in their London 5k along with the wheelchair race!
Just before 10 we were joined by Helen and our wonderful volunteers, John, Lauren and Maddie! We had time for a quick tea run and then we settled in our positions ready to cheer the elite runners across. It was fantastic to offer this opportunity to Lauren and Maddie, it was their first time they ever had volunteered for a charity and also to John who has a wide range of experience in volunteering but was his first experience of London Marathon.
As the elites started running past, the energy and atmosphere exploded and not long after, we started spotting our runners!
As we started seeing our runners we seen the smiles on their faces as they went past, our team screamed and encouraged them along the last mile!
It was a fantastic experience for everyone and really felt like the charity staff, volunteers and runners were a team!
It really hit home to our volunteers how important cheering at London Marathon is, especially when one of our runners, Julian stopped for a picture with us and some jelly babies!
After the race we headed back to the post race party at the national gallery café where we celebrated the hard work and amazing achievements of our runners, it was especially nice when the runners thanked us for our support at mile 25 and said how relieved they was to see us there!
Fancy helping us at events by volunteering your time? Join the Dream Team by getting in touch with Claire.
Author: Claire Smith
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