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Action Challenge Trek Master Registration 2019
Action Challenge Trek Master Registration 2019
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Thanks for taking the time to register as a Trek Master for our 2019 season.
Trek Masters are an essential part of Action Challenge, without them it is impossible to operate the events.
Firstly, we would like to find out a little bit about you and why you would like to Trek Master on our 2019 events.
Please also let us know what events you are available for in 2019 using this form, whether this is for one hour or a whole day - any time you can give helps!
At this stage, you are registering your interest to help out on the Ultra Challenges. We will be in touch 8 weeks before each event you have registered your interest in.
Finally, please read carefully through the Trek Master mission statement and description below, in order to gain a better understanding of the role and and responsibilities.
Trek Master Mission Statement:
To be a Trek Master is to be part of a dedicated and highly experienced team of volunteers who have worked hard to build the reputation of the Trek Master title to what it is today.
We are here to provide safety & support during an Ultra event to as many of those participants in need as we can. Their needs can take several forms, from just a few passing words of encouragement to walking alongside those requiring more support.
Our aim is to make a difference, helping those who may not be able to achieve their goals without us. This can only be done by employing our experience, working with a wider team, sacrificing our own needs and removing any hint of personal ego. We are volunteers, freely giving our time to help and support others. We feel privileged to be here for the participants, and we want as many participants as possible to cross the finish line.
Trek Master Role Description:
As the name suggests a Trek Master (TM) volunteer will be walking route support. The focus being on using their previous experience as Ultra participants to impart skills, knowledge and giving both moral and sometimes practical support to those encountering difficulties during the later stages of an Ultra event.
A Trek Master should look to have a meaningful impact on as many participants’ Ultra experience as possible. This can be difficult to achieve as often there may be an individual in need whom the TM forms a bond with. Where this is of course encouraged, the TM should also be sure to widen their view and look to spread their influence beyond that individual wherever possible.
As well as supporting participants along the course you will also be the ears & eyes on the route. You may be expected to work with the Route Team, Control Team and Event Management Teams during the course of your shift. Direction may also be given by the event Lead Trek Master.
Any issues with the signage, hazards (potential or real) on route or incidents in the field should be relayed immediately to the event control room as well as circulated amongst the wider TM team. A TM should have a small number of signage items in order to make corrections to any minor signage issues (i.e. Missing or damaged arrows).
When arriving at an event checkpoint the TM should make themselves known to the relevant site manager. Before departing the TM should check in again and look to give notice of their intended departure time in order to gather as many participants as possible to move on to the next checkpoint. The site manager and other site staff should also be able to help with announcing and gathering participants as well as the TM taking the initiative to do so also.
You will be provided a first aid kit (If you do not have one of your own) by Action Challenge and you will be expected to know how to use it. The event will be staffed by a Professional Medical Event Support team, and Trail Med, however given the TMs are in the field they could be expected to be a first responder to an incident.
Ultimately Action Challenge recognise that Trek Masters are a volunteer role, with people giving up their time and often at personal expense, to help others. That being said the Trek Masters represent Action Challenge during an event and should remain professional and considerate at all times when dealing with members of the public.
Experienced long-distance walker
Basic navigation skills
Personable and friendly
Positive outlook and the ability to coach others
Able to work under pressure
First Aid experience
Group management experience desirable
Why do it?
The sense of satisfaction and accomplishment felt from seeing someone cross a finish line, after fighting through mental and physical barriers, in to the arms of their loved ones is hard to describe in words but that feeling is the primary reason people volunteer for the Trek Master role.
The role also gives the chance to visit some of the most scenic parts of the UK, growing your own outdoor skills & experience whilst working with one of the most successful outdoor ultra-event organisers in the country, Action Challenge
For those interested or already working towards an outdoor certification, such as the Mountain Leader award, the days spent volunteering can count towards your dlog as well as the opportunity to learn from others already certified.
A big thanks from us all,
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