Duties of a Time Trial Marshal

Rather More Marshals Than Needed for Club Evening 10

This article provides guidance on marshaling.  I have edited the CTT guidance to make it more applicable to the club evening events

The CTT Guidance says that:
"The marshal’s duty is a responsible one. Whilst our regulations state that "the onus of keeping to the course must rest with the rider", an organiser will want to ensure that competitors, some of whom may be riding on this route for the first time, do stay on course. A well-run event will have marshals at all major junctions."

Our courses have few major junctions and this is reflected in the Risk Assessments and most of our riders know the course and the roads well, and there are very few turns which significantly reduces the needs for marshals.

Marshalling may require you to stand out in adverse weather conditions so remember to bring appropriate clothing and (on much fewer occasions) sun block. If you have volunteered to marshal then you should.

1. As a marshal you will be requested to wear a high visibility jacket and these are available from the Racing Secretary if you need one. This helps riders to see you and alerts other road users that "something is happening". 
2. You will be briefed on your marshaling point so that you know the precise point where you are expected to marshal, the direction from which the riders will come and the direction in which they are to go. 
3. You need to be in position before riders arrive at your marshaling point.  If arriving by car, make certain your vehicle is parked off the highway. Do not park on the verge of a clearway, in a private drive, or in a lay-by which is likely to be used by public transport during the event. You may be moved on or summonsed if you are parked illegally. Park with courtesy and consideration for other road users. Do not obstruct the view of riders or other road users. 
4. Stand at a point where you can be seen by approaching competitors and where you will not endanger yourself or be a hazard to other road users. Do not obstruct road signs. 
5. Remember that, when you are marshalling, you are a representative of your club and sport so always be courteous to other road users, even if they take exception or are abusive to you. Most drivers are courteous in return. If you receive a complaint from a member of the public, do not get into an argument but refer them to the event organiser. Remember the public image of the sport is in your hands at such a time. 
6. A marshal’s sole duty is to indicate clearly the route the rider is to follow. Indicate the way before the rider reaches you, by pointing with your arms or holding something visible, e.g. a CTT approved direction arrow. The rider may not be familiar with the course and is looking to you for the direction to be taken. It is illegal for you to direct, or attempt to control, other traffic in any way or to interfere with its movement on the highway. Marshals will never be held responsible if a rider breaks the rules of the road.
7. You are not there to indicate to a rider that the turn is clear.  The rider must ride within their own ability at a turn and observe the Highway Code.  You may however shout a warning of any hazard
8. You should report any breaches of riding standards, non observance of the Highway Code or any complaints received to the Racing Secretary as soon as possible after the event.