Volunteers and marshals are invited to sign up to help with the 2018 Women Can Marathon and be a part of this incredible experience.
It is only through the support of dozens of people that this community event can take place and the encouragement and support from marshals is a big factor in helping runners around the challenging route.
All those who help will receive the 2018 commemorative medal, which pays tribute to the suffragette movement in the 100th anniversary year of women achieving the right to vote.
The exclusive medal is a double-sided design, incorporating the Women Can logo and a ballot box, referencing this year’s marathon and the historic political advance of 1918.
Women Can administrator Jo Earlam said: “We couldn’t let such an important 100th anniversary for women pass this year without recognising the struggle they and men went through to enable women to be part of the country’s democratic process.
“We’re delighted with the medal design from Running Imp and that we can make it available to men and women by awarding it both to event finishers and all our marshals.”
Volunteers are needed to serve as marshals on the route, man water stations and help in other ways with the off-road, multi-terrain event. People can sign up to help for as long or as short a time as they wish and request a marshal point near to where they live if appropriate.
One marshal already on board is marathon running writer Lisa Jackson who’ll be the official sweeper. As author of the best-sellers ‘Running Made Easy’ and ‘Your Pace or Mine?’ unlike many runners, she's not afraid to finish last. She’s done so in 25 of the 108 marathons and ultras she’s completed.
Lisa is Contributing Editor to Women's Running magazine, as the self-styled 'World's Slowest Marathon Correspondent' and has reported on marathons in 22 countries, while always wearing fancy dress.
She said: “I was gutted not to be able to attend the Women Can Marathon last year as I'm a huge supporter of women's events and Kathrine Switzer's 261 Fearless Movement.
“Hence, I was delighted to be asked to be the official sweeper. Although I've never been one before, no one who's ever run (or walked) a marathon with me hasn't finished, so I know my chat-running skills will be put to good use in helping those at the back in achieving their marathon goals.”
Lisa will be selling and signing copies of her book ‘Your Pace or Mine?’ at the event, which starts and finishes on the village playing field at Tipton St John.
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