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Marshaling Duties


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Chris O'Prey & President Stephens ready for the off

For EFR Team Jersey members, there will at some point during the year, be a requirement to marshal at an event.  All road users, be they part of the event or not, are responsible for their own actions or inactions. 

However you should be conscious of the fact that at all times the marshal has a duty of care for all road users that come within their sphere of influence during an event.  This doesn't make you responsible or accountable for anything that may or may not happen!

Obviously, some events are more enthralling than others.  Marshaling at Le Quennevais is probably more exciting than the 50 mile TT, but it all has to be done and this is how you should consider doing it...

Before we start, it is the duty of the rider to ride in a safe manner, adhere to the rules and laws of the road, and use their competencies, judgment and abilities when dealing with all road hazards. 

This is especially pertinent when approaching corners, traffic islands/crossings and yellow lines.  It is also the duty of the rider to understand the route and remain on course for the duration of the event.

At all times, it is the duty of the marshal, to be constantly on guard, paying full attention to their surroundings and to ensure the safety of the riders and other road users.  You can not do this effectively if you have a pair of earphones in, listening to music, or are checking text messages!

Briefing & Event Information

The normal process is that the JCA will send out an email to the selected riders the week before the event. 

All riders who indicated they were racing during the year, will have received the Marshals Rota, so should have an idea of the events they are covering.  Once you have your event-specific information, here is the process to follow to ensure a safe and successful event...

Please confirm your attendance with the race organiser

Who will forward event sign-on and briefing information

The organiser may exchange mobile numbers with you

If you are called upon to marshal please make sure you (or a replacement) are there, otherwise a team member will be asked to step down from the event and fill your place.

We are currently using the Grupetto Strava Discussion Page, as a vehicle to try and "swap" sessions.


EFR's Ten Marshalling Commandments

  1. Be aware of your surroundings and environment; behave and act accordingly for the situation in which you find yourself. 

    Sunday morning at seven am, is not the time to be screaming encouragement to your friends when stationed at a crossroads outside a collection of family homes.

  2. Report to the race organiser as soon as is practicable, to be given your position and to make sure you are there early, with all the necessary safety equipment you need.

    If arriving at your post by car, park with courtesy and consideration for other road users.  Ensure you park in a safe area that does not obstruct the event, normal traffic, driveways or cause a potential hazard to other road users. 

  3. Your sole purpose as a marshal is to ensure the safety of riders and other road users.

    Upon arriving at your post, scan the immediate vicinity for any potential hazards.  If you spot any, and you can (gravel, glass, rubbish, etc) remove them.  If not (oil, pot holes, parked car, etc), either make a judgement call to inform the organiser who will make a decision, or accept the  responsibility and clearly inform and warn riders as they approach.

  4. Stand in a position from which you can clearly see and be seen, that does not cause a danger to other road users. 

    Do not block a road user's line of sight at a junction and do not stand in front of road signs.  Stand on the "apex" of the corner that gives you maximum visibility in all directions.  Make yourself seen.

  5. Traffic control is not within your remit or legal competencies.  Unless a police officer is present, under no circumstances whatsoever, are you allowed to stop, or guide, traffic. 

    However, commonsense would suggest that you can encourage or request other road users to "give way" should you be able to prevent an accident occurring.

  6. One of your duties is to indicate the direction a rider should take at a junction and if that rider has "safe passage" to do so.

    Be assertive and ensure all your intentions, instructions and communications, verbal or otherwise, are crystal clear. 

    In any given situation, there should be no ambiguity about what you want the rider, or riders, and/or other road users to do.

  7. There will be times when things don't go smoothly.  Remain calm and take notes, photo's, contact details, J numbers, wherever possible.

    If a member of the public has an observation or complaint, tell them you are "acting under instruction" then calmly refer them to the event organiser and to where they can find them.

    If there is an "exchange of views" or verbal harassment from a rider, take their number and report it to the event organiser as soon as practicable after the conclusion of the event and (if possible) before results are posted. 

    They will deal with any disqualification and/or report the incident to the relevant body, pending disciplinary action that may follow.  Do not take up the matter with the rider directly!

  8. Marshals should only stand down from their posts when they have been given indication to do so by the last rider and/or the event organiser.

  9. At all times remain professional it may seem strange, but cyclists aren't universally loved by other road users.  If in doubt, smile and wave.  But not when riders are coming; they're easily confused.

  10. Have fun, keep safe, shout (quietly) for your favourite...

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