Wednesday 30 April 2014
Each year Queen Mary Students’ Union Volunteering offer students and staff the opportunity to volunteer at one of the biggest sporting events of the year, The Virgin London Marathon. This year, for the ninth year running, 80 volunteers marshalled along Mile 19, which runs through Canary Wharf, located in Queen Mary’s home borough of Tower Hamlets.
Positioned right along the course route the marshals had the important job of keeping the route clear and coordinating crossing points, keeping runners safe and providing information to and answering any questions from hundreds of spectators. Differing only in colour to the gold medals received by the runners, the silver medals received by the volunteer marshals are testament to the value of the volunteers’ hard work and efforts in ensuring the marathon runs smoothly (pun unintended!).
Right in the middle of the action, volunteers displayed initiative, confidence and team work and maintained a high level of enthusiasm throughout the day right from the start through to the very end, where their energy and good spirits were welcomed and appreciated by the final runners coming through the course.
Lwazi Sibanda, a second year Dental student, spoke about how she found the experience: ‘Volunteering as a marshall at this year’s London Marathon was amazing! I enjoyed every bit of it! Normally I watch bits of it on TV and always admired the runners, but seeing them in action was a completely different experience. Seeing how our cheers alone enabled them to continue running was a great feeling! It’s encouraged me to potentially do something like that one day. Oh, and seeing Mo Farah and being an arms-stretch away was just a little bonus!’
QMSU Volunteering would like to offer their thanks to the volunteers who offered their Sunday and also their congratulations to all those who ran.
For a full selection of photographs see QMSU Volunteering’s Facebook page.
If you’re interested in what other volunteering opportunities QMSU Volunteering have available visit the website: www.qmsu.org/volunteering