It’s not all about the taking part…
UK Triathlon Events now run the biggest triathlon race series across the UK.
This is not just down to the hard work we put in at the office; it is due to the help, dedication and commitment from all our volunteers. Over 90% of the UK Triathlon race crew are volunteers, many of them have been with us for over 15 years, so we know how to put on a good event! We also have many organisations and individuals who help make the UK Triathlon Series the best races across the country!
Year on year we get fantastic comments about our race series, we also get lots of messages of grateful thanks to pass on to the volunteers. There is nothing better when you're competing than the passionate support from a volunteer!
We know we have a great race crew and a fantastic set of volunteers but we are always looking to make our events better so we will always want to expand our team of passionate, friendly and dependable people to guarantee the encouraging and professional atmosphere of our race series.
If you think this is you, we would love your help and commitment to come along and join us at any of our races across the UK.
All volunteers are provided with food and drink (hot or cold) to make sure that they are fully prepared for their fun and enjoyable day ahead.
What do volunteers do at the races?
All volunteers have one key role during the triathlon and that is to cheer on and encourage competitors during their special day. In addition to this volunteers can be involved in any one of roles below:
- Feed Station
- Swim course volunteer
- Bike Course volunteer
- Run Course Volunteer
- Transition area
- Finish line area
Why not volunteer as a Group?
This can include triathlon clubs, work friends, charity organisations or local (to the event) community groups.
Don’t take our word for what a great time our volunteers have, read below some of the feedback we receive from them after the triathlon....
Dennis Brittain (volunteered at the City of Birmingham Triathlon, the Ultimate Triathlon and the Warwickshire Triathlon)
“I have a real passion for sport and still run whenever I can. I have taken part in many events as a competitor and always highly valued the vital role that volunteers played. Without them, many events would not have taken place and opportunities to participate in weird and wonderful places lost. I first started volunteering in sport about ten years ago and consider it a privilege to have helped during the Olympics, the Davis Cup, the ICC Champions Trophy and major half marathons in the midlands.
In June 2013 I first volunteered with UK Triathlon in Birmingham. I enjoyed the experience so much that I have volunteered twice more, at Whitchurch and Stratford, and will do so again. You might ask why? The information provided before the events was engaging, full and clear. The welcome was always very warm and the provision of a hot snack and drink, given the early start, appreciated. The team were very supportive and totally committed to making the competitors’ and spectators’ experiences the best possible. Their enthusiasm was infectious and quickly you became swept up in it. Every event had its ‘unusual’ moments of excitement, like when a steam traction engine from a local farm appeared on the cycle course without warning. Such challenges were dealt with very quickly and effectively and the competition carried on. The days had their demands, yes, but shifts were managed thoughtfully and the provision of a very ample ‘goodie bag’ of food, drinks and snacks helped to keep energy levels up. Tasks were varied and interesting, ranging from course marshalling to distributing medals at the finish line. One of the most rewarding aspects was to be so close to the competitors. Triathletes are a really special bunch of people. They have to be to get up at early times to train and prepare in all weathers, all year round, for the three punishing disciplines. To help them participate and enjoy their sport was fulfilling. They seemed genuinely appreciative of the support of volunteer marshals and this was valued and reciprocated. Volunteering also provided opportunities to meet local people who were interested in the events. Answering their questions helped to promote the sport and to celebrate the efforts of the competitors. After the events, the team sent out attractive certificates of appreciation to volunteers which were a thoughtful touch.
Volunteering with UK Triathlon has provided me with great opportunities to put something back into sport and help others to achieve their goals. I have loved working with them and look forward to doing so again at future events. Why not give it a try yourself?”
Rino Costanza-Coventry Volunteering Ambassador (volunteered at the City of Birmingham Triathlon and the Warwickshire Triathlon)
"I have been involved with sports volunteering for the past couple of years since I became a Coventry Ambassador for the 2012 Olympics and wanted the experience to give back to the local community. During this time, we had connections with the Birmingham Volunteering group where we were asked to help out with UK Triathlon. It's a sport where it has seen great popularity on television and it was a great opportunity to see it live. I had the opportunity to assist with two of the local events where I live and I have to say each time, the experience and day out was met with high expectations. The organisers are absolutely fantastic. They were organised with the communication prior to the event together with exact instructions and supervision throughout the event. Ever so friendly to make sure you are comfortable with the role along in having great fun, experiencing teamwork and making new friends as well. It's just a shame I cannot travel to all the events but certainly I was more than pleased to sign up for the local events for next season.
I really do recommend anyone, any age, who want to experience volunteering and not sure where to start to try out UK Triathlon Volunteering. You certainly will be welcomed with open arms, a friendly smile and so many volunteers who'd be delighted to meet you for a fun day out.
Chrissie (volunteered at the City of Birmingham Triathlon)
My first ever triathlon volunteer was at the City of Birmingham Triathlon in Sutton Park. I volunteer for various sports and was offered the oppurtunity for the triathlon which I wasn't sure about at first but decided to give it a go. I am so glad that I did because I really enjoy them..
Arriving at 6.30 in the morning I expected it to be quiet but was very surprised at the amount of people about at that time of the morning. From the moment I was introduced to the team, I was made to feel very welcome by everyone involved.. It is a not stop job from the moment you arrive until the finish. I have worked in the transition area, the cycle route and at the finish line, giving them their medals and offering drinks but all areas are great places to work and good fun. I would definitely recommend volunteering at the triathlons.
The athletes are extremely friendly despite their early starts and tiredness at the finish.. I was surprised at the ability range of the athletes and I am definitely in awe of them.
Kevin (volunteered at the Stratford Triathlon)
Initially inspired by the Olympics, I have volunteered at several events since that time. Joining the team involved with UK Triathlon has been a truly uplifting experience. I was made to feel part of the team from the moment I arrived at my first event where I helped out in the transition area. The whole team are wonderful people to work with, and when given the opportunity to put medals around peoples' necks at the end of the Stratford Triathlon I realised too what our roles meant to those taking part. Seeing the delight on people's faces as they completed the course put a huge smile on my face too.
Without volunteers, these events would not happen. I'm proud to be part of it.
To join our volunteer programme, please email email@example.com or call 01270 842800 with your contact details, location and which events you are interested in attending.
Thank you for your interest and we look forward to welcoming you on board as part of our team.