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Muscular Dystrophy UK

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Muscular Dystrophy UK is the only national charity focusing on all muscle-wasting conditions

Cambridge Town and Gown 10K event volunteer

This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

Each year, thousands of runners take on a Town and Gown 10k event in Oxford, Cambridge or Leicester. The series is a huge fundraising event for Muscular Dystrophy UK, raising over £2 million so far to fight against muscle-wasting conditions. Volunteers are required to carry a variety of tasks during the day which can include water station marshall, baggage tent coordinator, goody bag distributor, information tent administrator, start and finish line marshals and route marshalls.

Cambridge Town and Gown 10k Run is taking place on Saturday 16th October 2021.

Currently Active Volunteering Roles:

  • Registration Coordinator- You’ll be responsible for setting up the information marquees, helping runners to collect their race packs and assisting runners and spectators with queries. We’re looking for someone with great communication and organisational skills and a proactive attitude.

  • Baggage Coordinator- Your role will be to greet runners, take their bag and ensure they have attached their baggage tag with their runner number written on. Bags are placed in numerical order, and then you’ll be helping runners to pick up their bag after they finish the run. This is a high energy role that requires good communications skills and teamwork.

  • Goody Bag Distributor- You’ll need to help set up and organise our finish area so that you’re ready to hand out goody bags to all runners once they have crossed the finish line. You may be responsible for keeping an eye on stock levels and refilling the station with goody bags. Or, you’ll be the smiling face congratulating runners on their achievement as you hand them out, so you’ll need to have bags of enthusiasm

  • Route Marshal- This role is crucial for ensuring that the event runs smoothly and that participants feel motivated. You’ll be fully briefed on what’s involved covering one of the marshal points on the course. This role is ideal for team players who have great communication skills and are also able to use their initiative when dealing with anything that may occur on the course

  • Water Station Marshal- Help to hydrate our fantastic runners at our two water stations on the route. You’ll be setting up the station before the run starts, and then cheer all the runners on as they come past, handing out cups of water as they go. You’ll need to be ready to work quickly to refill the cups to keep everyone moving.

  • Start and Finish Line Marshals- At the start of the race, you’ll help ensure participants are ready to run. You’ll marshal them towards the start line from the Event Village and make sure everyone is behind the chip-timing mat. Once the race has started you’ll head to the finish line where you’ll either be checking off winners as they pass through, or presenting runners with their goody bags. This role requires someone with a keen eye for detail

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What will I gain?

• The satisfaction of knowing you are making a valuable contribution to Muscular Dystrophy UK • The enjoyment of meeting new people in your community and working as part of our skilled and friendly events team • The opportunity to develop new and existing skills in event organisation • The chance to gain experience of working within a leading charity • Food and drink on the day, a certificate for your portfolio and a charity t-shirt

Training and support

• Volunteer Induction • Support throughout the event by Volunteer Lead

Time commitment

Volunteers are expected from 7:30am-1pm.

Travel Expenses


DBS (criminal records) check

A DBS (criminal record) check is not required for this role.

Volunteer reference

No - but we will provide a certificate to recognise your achievement.


Midsummer Common, Victoria Avenue, Cambridge

Travel information

Midsummer Common is only a 10 minute walk from our Cambridge Campus.

Wheelchair Access

This opportunity does have wheelchair access.
  • Your CampusCambridge
  • InterestsDisability, Fundraising, Sport and Recreation
  • FrequencyOne-Off Events