Race For Life Event Volunteer – Cancer Research UK


Each year over 700,000 people join the fight against cancer by taking part in an event and fundraising in aid of Cancer Research UK, they can't cross the finish line without the passion and energy of an amazing team of volunteers, like you!

Be a part of something special. Support participants at one of our biggest series of fundraising events, which has raised over £500 million since it first began. Come and be a part our Race family! Helping us set up and support our racers around the course, or handing out medals at the finish line, we'll find the right activity for you.

Event Day Volunteer – Pretty Muddy Manchester – Saturday 16th July 2022
(Approx 8.30am – 3.30pm)

Event Day Volunteer – Race For Life Manchester – Sunday 17th July 2022
(Approx 8.00am – 12.30pm)

400,000 participants across the UK are limbering up to join the fight against cancer, but they can’t cross the finish line without the passion and energy of Event Day volunteers like you. Our events raise an incredible £40million each year and this funds our researchers who are working hard to make sure 3 in 4 people survive cancer by 2034. 

Whether you want to help at our Race for Life 5k, 10k or Pretty Muddy event, bring your energy, smiles and passion and let’s beat cancer together.   

What you'll be doing

As an event day volunteer, you'll be getting hands-on to help deliver some of our great events and provide a fantastic experience. No two events are the same, but you could find yourself doing some of the below activities, all of which play an important part*:

  • Support on the course – You could be located at one of our marshal points, cheering and encouraging our participants to keep them going along the course, or at the finish point handing out the well-deserved bottle of water and medal. At Pretty Muddy you may be asked to oversee our fun and muddy obstacles, and perhaps even get chance to squirt our participants with water pistols! 
  • Helping at the Start/ Finish/ Water Sations – You may be able to help line up our participants and start off the event; help hand out medals to participants at the finish or help give out water at our station points.
  • Answering queries at our information points – You'll help answer queries from participants and spectators during the event. From simple directions to processing on-the-day entries, swapping t-shirts and replacing runner numbers.
  • Helping set-up and pack down the event  – This might include the course, signage, flags and marquees and getting water to the finish line if you are available to help for earlier or later hours.

This is just a sneak peak of some of the ways you'll be involved and is not an exhaustive list. No matter what you do you’ll know you are making a huge difference to those taking part in our amazing events. 

What kind of person we are looking for:

We’re on the lookout for individuals and groups who are

  • Enthusiastic and willing to get stuck in.
  • Willing to get their hands dirty (literally at our Pretty Muddy events but trust us, it’s great fun!)
  • Flexible and who can use their own initiative.
  • Team players – you’ll be joining a lovely bunch of other volunteers! 
  • Good communicators.

At Cancer Research UK we value diversity. We're committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone is able to be themselves and to reach their full potential. We actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures and believe that a diverse volunteer community will help us to beat cancer.

Your commitment and location

  • Event season normally runs from May to October, all over the UK.
  • You can join us at one or more of our events at locations which work for you. Our Manchester events take place on 16th and 17th July at Heaton Park, and you would be welcome to join us for just one day or both!
  • Most events take place at weekends. Hours vary. Some events have early starts or late finishes but we'll always discuss your availability with you! 
  • You will be briefed by one of our event team staff when you arrive so that you know exactly what you'll be doing.  You'll then be supported and guided by them throughout the event, as well as the Event Manager. 
  • Our volunteering roles are open for everyone and if you have any accessibility needs or queries; or any general questions about the role, please apply and we'll be happy to answer your questions.

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