The Castle Combe circuit has an enviable reputation for the large crowds of spectators it attracts to its race meetings every year.
But many regular spectators may not appreciate there is another loyal and enthusiastic band of motor sport enthusiasts who also attend most of the meetings.
These are the marshals who provide a vital service to allow racing to take place and without whom most racing would cease to exist.
Richard Beard from Stockwood, the chief marshal at Castle Combe said, “Our sport is a complex one with many elements to it. The drivers have to be engineers, fund raisers, organisers and athletes, but they are also 100% reliant on the volunteers in orange who give them those vital flag signals, make sure everyone sticks to the rules and might even save their life!”
Every year the Castle Combe circuit provides a ‘refresher course’ for existing marshals, which is also open to those who might be interested in getting involved for the first time. It’s ‘Marshals Training Day’, which this year is on Sunday March 19. It allows existing and budding new marshals to learn or perfect skills such as firefighting, first aid and various other safety procedures.
This year, the circuit is being privileged with the attendance of Lord Jeffrey Rooker, the chairman of the British Motor Sports Training Trust. Lord Rooker, a former MP and Minister, started his career as a production engineer, working in various factories around Birmingham. He is expected to take a keen interest in the on-hands training being undertaken.
Anyone over the age of 18 can take part as long as they are fit and healthy. Further information can be obtained from Richard Beard via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 07905 535539.
The day starts with signing on between 07-30 and 08-00 and runs until 16-00.Posted on Friday 17 March 2017