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With dates and other information yet to be confirmed, volunteering places for 2021 Woburn Abbey Triathlon have not yet opened. Please continue to check back here to find out when.

We’re on the lookout for an inspirational team of volunteers. So, if you don’t fancy taking part in one of the races at the Woburn Abbey Triathlon, then why not come along and help support our incredible participants around the course.

We’re looking for volunteers to help on Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th September 2021. Volunteer roles range from giving our triathletes water along the route to working at the finish line putting medals around our triumphant triathlete’s necks – wherever you are, you will be a vital part of the day.

All volunteers will receive a full briefing and a lunch pack, plus a huge thank you from all of us at tri for life and Human Race.

An event of this scale takes a huge amount of manpower, so if you’d like to use your skills, gain valuable experience and be part of a fantastic charity event, please do get in touch.

To find out all about volunteering for us, make sure you check out our FAQs below, which should answer any queries you may have.

Can I volunteer if I am under 18 years old?

Yes you can and we would love to have you join us a part of the team. However, if you are under 18 at the time of the event, you can only volunteer if you will be accompanied at the event by a parent or guardian or, as part of a supervised youth group and you will need to bring a consent form signed by a parent or guardian to the event. Let us know if you need a consent form and we will send one over to you.

I have registered or offered to volunteer. When can I expect to get some details from the event organiser?

Our Volunteering Manager will usually contact volunteers around 1 week before the event date with the details about where and when to arrive and what you will need to bring. In the meantime, if you have any specific queries please email crew@humanrace.co.uk stating the event you are volunteering at / querying about in the subject line.

A member of the Event Team will contact you before the event to send you all the information that you will need to know about the event and your role.

Please note that in the run up to the event, the Volunteering Manager can be extremely busy and may not be able to respond quickly to detailed requests for information. However we will endeavour to answer your queries as quickly as we can!

I belong to a group – can we help out at the event?

Yes you can and we would love to have you join us as part of the team!

Groups with members aged 18 or over should register as individuals either via the website here or send your request to crew@humanrace.co.uk. When signing up online please ensure that you state what group you are a part of in the appropriate section so that you can be identified as a group in the database (please ensure that you write the group name the same!)

We are looking to recruit a lot of volunteers for the event so please get your friends and colleagues involved too!

Youth groups should email crew@humanrace.co.uk with the details of the group and the event you would like to attend. The leader of the Youth Group (who should be aged 18 or over) will then need to register on the day of the event on behalf of the group members. The group leader will be fully responsible for the group at the event and will need to have gathered emergency contact details for all in the group.

Do I need to have specific skills and experience to volunteer at the event?

Most of our event volunteer roles do not require you to have any specialist experience or skills and we will provide all the information and training you need to fulfil your volunteer role on the day of the event.

What support will I be given at the event?

Whatever volunteer role you take on, we will give you all the information and support you need to feel comfortable in your role at the event, This includes information being emailed 1 week pre-event. At the event all volunteers will have a Team Leader or Volunteer Manager who they can go to for help and support.

Can I still volunteer if the event is less than 10 days away?

Yes you can, and we would love to have you join us as part of the team!

However, to allow the Volunteer Manager to have enough time to contact all the volunteers you will be unable to sign up via the website if the event is less than 7 days away. Please call 0208 391 3913 or email crew@humanrace.co.uk stating the event that you would like to work at and let us know your name and contact details. Your information will be collated and you will be provided with a form to register with before or at the event.

What should I wear or bring to the event?

On the day please ensure you wear comfortable sports or outdoor walking footwear. You should also wear some warm clothes and lots of layers for this outdoor event given the time of year as it will be cold! Also as the British weather is so unpredictable please do come prepared for rain with waterproofs etc just in case! You will be provided with a volunteer bib to identify you during the event, these will need to be given back at the end.

The following are not essential, but are very useful to bring along if you have them:

  • Warm hat and gloves + waterproofs
  • A small bag with a drink and nibbles to eat
  • Money

When planning your outfit please remember that you will need to put on a volunteer bib over the top of your coat etc & that it will need to be visible so you are identifiable as part of the event crew.

Please note that there will be nowhere to store you bag or items so please only bring with you what you need and leave valuables at home. Please bring a rucksack or other bag that you can keep on you whilst you do your role.

Travel – how do I get to and from the event?

Please plan your journey well in advance to make sure that you are able to check in with us in good time and be deployed into your role in time for the day.

Your roles start time, sign-in and briefing locations will be communicated nearer to the event but please be aware that the volunteer check-in time will be from around 7am (sorry!) on Saturday and 8am on Sunday of the event.

We have free parking available for volunteers on site.

My phone number / email address etc has changed – what should I do?

Please email crew@humanrace.co.uk with the event that you have signed up for, your full name and the change of details required.

Are there any other volunteering opportunities with Human Race in addition to the Woburn Abbey Triathlon roles?

We host many events throughout the year and we would welcome your support! Please visit our website humanrace.co.uk to see what events we do and if you are interested let us know via crew@humanrace.co.uk.


tri for life is a registered charity (charity no. 1122677) and distributes all profits from its events to other charities.