Volunteers needed to spread cheer in city

Mayflower team with event organiser Chris Rees

Organisers of Southampton’s biggest running event are on the hunt for community heroes to help make the day its cheeriest yet.

Those behind the ABP Southampton Half Marathon are appealing for volunteers to act as ‘ABP Milemakers’ on April 23 when the event takes place for the third time.

ABP Milemakers are tasked with cheering on runners at each mile and keeping them motivated with everything from inspiring placards to sweets and water. They also provide marshalling duties and direct runners. Just like the Gamesmakers at London 2012 Olympics, they play a vital role in making the event a success.

With this year’s ABP Southampton Marathon set to be the biggest yet and the addition of a full marathon distance, organisers are appealing for more volunteers to sign up.

Every charity or community group that acts as an ABP Milemaker will receive a £250 donation from ABP, the company behind the city’s port, after the event.

Alastair Welch, ABP Southampton director, said:

‘The ABP Milemakers make a huge contribution to the event so we’re delighted to be able to reward them for their hard work. In the past our ABP Milemakers have put their donations to great use and used them to fund everything from camping equipment to educational trips. We can’t wait to meet some new ABP Milemakers this April.’

Already 33 groups of ABP Milemakers and race volunteers are signed up to help at this year’s event. Organisers are looking for a further eight groups, half of which would be based in the race village at Guildhall Square where the race finishes.