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What are the duties of a marshal?
The duties vary according to the role you will be carrying out so Ive split them into sections below:

Controls (Arrival, Start, Flying Finish, Stop, Passage Control, Service In, Service Out).

Although the actual tasks involved vary with each control the fundamentals are the same. The role is to give the competitor a time on their timecard. This usually involves one person completing a checksheet, one person dealing with the timecards and additional people starting the cars at their due time or using the timing equipment to time the cars over the flying finish.

On-stage marshals:

On-stage marshals are usually placed at a ‘junction’ or ‘post’ that is defined in the competitors roadbook and their role is to keep the stage safe. This usually involves making sure the stage is setup correctly to the correct guidelines with regards to arrowing and taping; controlling spectators within their junction to keep them safe and dealing with any incidents that may occur – this can be anything from a car breaking down to a major incident where medical help is required.

Radio Crews:

Radio crews (using the MSA Safety Frequency) check the passage of cars through a stage by keeping a checksheet of the cars as they pass. They also look out for cars that may go ‘missing’ during a stage (ie breaking down etc between posts and out of eight). Its important to remember that radio crews are also marshals so unless there are also marshals on their post, they often have to deal with the stage equipment and arrowing. For this reason radio crews should be at least 2 strong so one can stay with the radio and one can deal with other incidents or become a ‘runner’ to attempt to find missing cars.