At Pi Wars, we are lucky to have people volunteer to help us with the event. This is really the only way we can make the weekend work – by accepting help from those who attend. We typically ask volunteers to give up 2-3 hours of their time (depending on how many volunteers we get) and, during this time, they are asked to be Judges and/or Marshals. Entrance to the event for volunteers is completely free – our way of saying thank you! The rest of the time you are not on duty, you are, of course, free to enjoy the event as a spectator.
This is not as scary as it sounds! You are armed with a copy of the rules, a clipboard with scoresheets attached, a pen and a stopwatch. 95% of the time, you will be timing course runs and ticking boxes to say how the run went. On the rare occasion that you have to make a “judgement”, you are given the authority to do so, but with a backup of Head Judge Dr Lucy Rogers and Mike & Tim, the event organisers.
Duties of Marshals include: staffing the front desk, running scoresheets back to the Scorekeeper (which is normally Tim!) and generally keeping an eye on things and directing people where necessary (normally to the loos!).