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The Race for Life is Cancer Research UK’s biggest series of fundraising events. Taking place across the UK, the events include 5k and 10k routes for participants to walk, jog or run, as well as our ...

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Cancer Research UK | Race for Life Yeovil | Volunteer

Event · 22 May, 09:00 - 14:00
Yeovil College, Mudford Road, Yeovil, England BA21 4DR, United Kingdom
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Support participants at one of our biggest series of fundraising events, the Race for Life.

Detailed description

This year, we need more volunteers than ever and we would absolutely love to welcome you, your friends and family along to volunteer for an incredible day that will fundraise thousands and support our mission to help beat cancer sooner. 

So what does volunteering at Race for Life look like? 

This will look slightly different for everyone depending on your role but one thing is for sure - you are going to feel uplifted, positive and you’ll be buzzing from soaking up the atmosphere from the music, participants, emotion, stories, and coming together as a team to provide this experience! We have a huge variety of volunteering roles available including:

Volunteer Manager:

You would be the first point of contact on the day for all our volunteers, checking them in as they arrive, assigning them a radio if needed and supplying them with a snack pack to fuel them for the day. This is a brilliant role if you love being in the heart of all the volunteer action!

Admin Manager:

With the excitement of race day there’s bound to be questions, queries and forgotten running numbers. You can help by supporting our participants and spectators with any of these issues. You would be based in the event site, soaking up the atmosphere and helping all of our amazing participants to have an unforgettable day!

Set up and or de-rig:

In the Race for Life team, we have the skill of turning up to empty fields, transforming them in a matter of hours to deliver our events and then packing up and leaving the site spotless! We are always in need of any volunteers that want to get hands on and help set up our event site and courses and/or be around at the end of an event to help us dismantle and leave the venue in an immaculate condition. This is a brilliant opportunity to see first-hand the work that goes into Race for Life on event day. 

Start line:

Get stuck in at the start of the day - from pitching flags and hanging banners to helping line up our participants and sending them on their way - you definitely won’t be twiddling your thumbs and you’ll be buzzing from the atmosphere from all the excited participants about to set off! 

Finish line:

Similar to the start line, you will be involved in setting up this area and making sure our new ‘self-service’ area of water and medals is consistently replenished. If congratulating our participants as they cross the finish line is more your bag, then this is the role for you!  


Are you a natural on the mic? This year we will have hosts on both our start and finish lines. You’re charismatic, confident and going to engage all our participants to remember why they are taking part, getting them energised and relaying any key important information before they set off. Previous experience in something similar is great but with the right person, we can provide all the training that is needed. 

Lead bikes:

Are you a confident on 2 wheels? Our lead bikes will be at the front of our event and guide participants round the course. They will be on radio communication throughout to keep us posted on progress and any issues as they arise. This is a fantastic way to see our beautiful courses and a really important role for us on the day!

Back markers:

Similar to the lead bike, this role is for anyone that would happily walk along at the back of the event and reporting in to us on radio to keep us posted on location and any issues. You’ll probably end up chatting to participants at the back and hearing their inspiring stories of why they are taking part!


Race for Life marshalling will involve cheering on our participants and lifting their spirits along the way. You also ensure their safety and that they're going in the right direction through the course.  

All briefings and any training required will be given in advance of the event from the event manager so you would feel fully prepared on the day. It’s truly a fantastic experience to volunteer and we love how we’ve all embraced working as one CRUK more than ever during the last 18 months so we would love to see you there!

What we will provide to volunteers

🤝 Extra support

Getting there

Parking There is no parking onsite and we will be asking participants to utilise parking within Yeovil Town Centre. The nearest car parks are: Court Ash Public Car Park, BA20 1HL (11 minute walk to Yeovil College) Market Street Public Car Park, BA20 1HW (11 minute walk to Yeovil College) North Lane Public Car Park, BA20 1EQ (11 minute walk to Yeovil College) Huish Public Car Park, BA20 1AA (16 minute walk to Yeovil College) Train Yeovil Pen Mill Train Station is 1.4miles away, along with Yeovil Junction Train Station being 2.6miles away from the Yeovil College. Cycling There is a network of cycle paths leading to Yeovil College, which provides cycle storage space near to the event site.
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About Cancer Research UK

The Race for Life is Cancer Research UK’s biggest series of fundraising events. Taking place across the UK, the events include 5k and 10k routes for participants to walk, jog or run, as well as our Pretty Muddy obstacle events.

Race for Life started 26 years ago as a women-only event. The first event was held in Battersea, in 1994, where 750 participants raised £48,000. Since that point, Race for Life has grown into a series of hundreds of events across the country, raising nearly £900 million towards beating cancer over the last quarter of a century.

In 2019, for the first time, the Race for Life opened its doors to men to participate too, making it a truly inclusive event, giving people the chance to come together with their family and friends, and join the movement to beat cancer.