37,000 people will be racing 26 miles on April 17th  2011,  in one of the world’s best marathons. Please join us and help to support the runners in Team CAFOD

CAFOD has twelve runners in the London Marathon this year, and we’d love to offer them all the support and thanks from CAFOD that they deserve for their efforts.  Feedback from runners shows that our support along the course and afterwards really makes a difference to them, so we are looking for people who can volunteer on Sunday 17th April – it would be very much appreciated!

There will be two types of jobs, and there is no upper limit to the number of people who are welcome to come along and support!

The first type of job would be to turn up to a cheering point along the course and shout encouragement to the runners.  In addition to people who just want to cheer, we need someone to be responsible for collecting the CAFOD flag and resources and returning them afterwards.

We’re hoping to set up two cheering points along the course, at mile 13/22 (near Tower Bridge) and mile 17 (near Mudchute Park).  The job here is to set up a CAFOD area with banners and flags and cheer along the runners, making extra noise for any you see in a CAFOD vest!  For both of these spots we would need key volunteers for set up (around 9.30 am for Mile 13, and 10 am for Mile 17) and to pack up (around 3 pm or later if possible); these volunteers would be responsible for picking up the flags etc from, and then returning them to Community Fundraising on the working days before/after the marathon.  Then we need as many people as possible to turn up in between and cheer the runners along.  The cheering materials will all be provided, so for most it will simply be a case of turn up, enjoy the race and cheer along.

The second type of job will be a welcoming role, meeting runners when they finish the marathon, directing them to our reception, setting up the reception etc.  We will be holding our reception for the runners in a pub on Whitehall, and will also need people to help around this area, meeting runners in Horse Guards Parade as soon as they finish, escorting them to our showers and masseuse, or providing them with a cheery, thankful welcome at the pub.

People are needed throughout the day, from 9 am; any help would be greatly appreciated.  Also if anyone has a preference for the jobs they’d like to do or where they’d like to be, that’s absolutely fine.  If you fancy joining us for a drink afterwards, all our volunteers will of course be welcome at the post race reception.

This is one of London’s most exciting events, and CAFOD would really appreciate any help you can give.  If you would like to make a day of it and bring along friends and family, the more the merrier!  37,000 people are due to run the course so the bigger splash we can make to get our flags seen by these, the better.  It’s always an amazing day and really inspirational to see this amount of dedication and determination by so many people.  Fun guaranteed.

If you can help at all please contact Siân Hughes on 020 7095 5333 or by e-mail –

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