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Accredited Marshal Scheme - Update by Simon Bedford

Thanks for your interest in the Accredited Marshals Scheme (AMS).

The current situation in the South East region for 2017: The Region now has authority from the Police to use the scheme in Surrey and Kent, and I am hoping to get permission for use in Sussex as well.

We successfully ran 10 races using AMS between April and September 2016 in Surrey and I plan to expand this to 20 races for 2017.

Training courses are planned for late January and February 2017, there will also be other courses throughout the UK in 2017 so hopefully an opportunity will be available to you. Training takes 4 hours and has a short online module to complete beforehand.

Following the course you are required to attend and marshal as a trainee at 5 events in order to complete the training and become accredited, ideally within a year. Following successful completion of training you are asked to attend 5 races a year, get a free Bronze membership or the value off a higher level of membership, and get a waterproof jacket.

You can claim 20p per mile for travel expenses to and from an event as soon as you have attended the training course.

AMS is vitally important to the future of road racing, increasing safety for the riders and the public, and improving the reputation of races in local areas. Your support will be key in this, having the lawful authority to stop traffic at a junction with a designated sign enables the race to pass safely and professionally through.

Thanks you again for your interest and support, please feel free to pass this on to your friends, clubs and groups for more volunteers, they just need to contact me.

All enquiries to simonbedford@britishcycling.org.uk

Simon