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MARSHAL INFORMATION

Like to get even closer to the action but not sure how?

 

Every hill climb event held at Prescott requires Marshals to safely run and organise it. All Marshals contribute to the event and as such form a vital part of the hill climb team, which is greatly appreciated by the Club and drivers alike.

WHAT SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED?

All you need is an interest in motorsport. Training will be provided on post whilst marshalling and at specific training events usually held at the start of each season.  No special skills are needed to start marshalling.

  • No experience is necessary

  • We provide full training

  • We have a variety of positions to fill

  • With a full events programme we often need extra marshals 

  • You don’t need to be available for every meeting, all positions are flexi-time

  • If you can only make one day a year we will still value your contribution

  • All you need is a sense of humour, a set of waterproofs and the desire to enjoy some great days of motor sport.

WHAT ROLES ARE THERE?

 There are many roles available:

  • Paddock – marshals are responsible for ensuring that cars are ready to run up the hill in the correct order.

  • Startline – the cars are lined up at the start line ready to start their run up the hill.

  • Course – Hill marshals deal with any incidents on the hill and stop other cars if necessary whilst also watching for car defects and the condition of the track.

Other duties such as rescue, course control, recovery and timekeeping can become possibilities once you have some marshalling experience.

WILL I BE WELCOME AND WILL MY FACE FIT?

Prescott has a very experienced marshalling team however this does not mean we do not want to see new faces, on the contrary new marshals are made more than welcome. We are a friendly bunch although we may look slightly intimidating all dressed in orange! We are more than happy to help any new people and encourage to be part of the Prescott team.  
Prescott is also the only hill climb we believe in the world to have its own independent marshals club which you will be invited to join.
In addition to Race Meetings, we also need marshals for Prescott Hill Climb Drivers' School days and Corporate days.

IS THERE A MARSHALS CLUB?

Yes there is!  The Prescott Marshals Club is a great way of keeping in touch with Marshal colleagues and join in with social events/activities. Please contact John Lusty the PMC Membership Secretary for further details. 

IS THERE A WAY I CAN TRY IT OUT?

Please contact Kevin Cornwall, Chief Marshal who can arrange for you to come along and try it out.  Your first day usually consists of a ½ day tour of the venue then you will be allocated to a marshal role for the afternoon.

IS THERE OTHER INFORMATION I CAN LOOK AT?

Yes, try looking at these useful links:

WHAT CLOTHES AND EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?

To start with natural fibre clothing such as jeans, long sleeved cotton shirt, stout or safety boots and a set of waterproofs.  To avoid clashing with the flag signals red should be avoided.  Once you have decided that marshalling is something that you want to do on a regular basis you can then move into buying orange overalls and more equipment if you decide to.  The checklist below will give you further information. We can give you help and advice in sourcing clothing and equipment. Things to do are:

Before the Event

  1. Check clothes:

    • Overalls aren’t mandatory although they will protect you from fire and keep clothes underneath clean.

    • Shoes/boots – should not be trainers but stout boots, steel toecaps optional.

    • All clothes worn should be of natural fibres (cotton, wool) i.e. jeans, long sleeve shirts, woollen socks in case of fire. Avoid red clothes as drivers could mistake you for a red flag.

  2. Pack a bag, which should include:

    • Tickets – to get in!! You should have been sent some in the post prior to the event.

    • Waterproofs – jacket & trousers (any colour but red).

    • Packed lunch/flask/water – never know if or when a lunch break will be taken.

    • Gloves – welder’s gauntlets are best for general marshalling, £5 or so from welder’s shops or available at Prescott.

    • Caps – handy for keeping sun & rain out of eyes.

    • Sunglasses if you need them in bright conditions.

    • Woolly hat – keep your head warm if necessary.

    • Sun Cream of a high factor – just in case we get a sunny day and you are in the sun all day.

    • Whistle.

    • Black bin bag – put your normal bag in it to keep it fairly waterproof it if rains.

    • Spare clothes – in case it is colder than you thought – always better to have more layers than necessary.

  3. Check sign on location/time. (Details should be on the letter with your tickets).

  4. If for any reason you are unable to attend even at the last minute let the Chief Marshal know.        

On the Day

  • Allow plenty of time to travel to the venue in time to sign on with the Chief Marshal.

  • Have tickets handy in the car for getting in.

  • If you are unsure where to park or what to do ASK any marshal (usually in orange), we all had a first day once and they will be happy to help.

  • Listen to the briefings given by the Chief Marshal and your Post Chief.

  • ENJOY YOURSELF!!

  • Ask questions at any time.

After the event

  • If you have any comments good or bad please let the Chief Marshal know, we are always looking for ways to improve marshalling at Prescott.

WHAT DOES IT COST?

The only cost involved will be your travel to the venue, food and equipment.  Event entry is free and you will get the best view possible with no one in your way!  Marshalling is a hobby and although marshals don’t get paid for their services the Club does give you £10 towards your expenses. Members of the Prescott Marshals Club also get a free lunch on race days.

CAN I ONLY DO MARSHALLING AT PRESCOTT?

No. There are plenty of other venues (hill climbs and circuits) that need marshals, further information can be provided. Motorsport UK run a marshals grading scheme so other venues will be aware of your training and experience.

IS IT DANGEROUS?

All motor sport can be dangerous. However we take safety, especially that of our marshals very seriously.  Marshals posts are well protected with barriers and placed in careful locations to minimise the risks.  These are under regular review.

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Prescott Speed Hill Climb,
Gotherington
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL52 9RD

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