Marshalling at Safaris

As our Competitive Safaris have got more and more competitive, the pressures on both competitors and marshals have also increased. From the competitors' point of view they have a certain time allowance in which to complete the event and this dictates that they don't get stuck too often or for too long.


Good marshalling plays an important part here as a three man recovery crew with fixed rope, one man with the yellow warning flag, one man driving, and the other hooking on the rope can effect a very quick recovery. However, there are instances when a vehicle falls off the side of a track, causing no blockage to the course, and its removal can only be effected, by placing a recovery wagon across the course. The only occasion when such recovery can be contemplated is if this happens close to the start, where a hold can easily be arranged and where this has been authorised by the Clerk of the Course. Similarly, if a vehicle is stuck in the track (whether upright or not) leaving room for others to pass, marshals should only warn following competitors of the hazard. Competitors should not be stopped unless the course is completely blocked or if failing to do so would cause a dangerous situation.

Recovery of a vehicle stuck or overturned in the track should take second place to a competitor on the course, providing the track is still passable and no one is at risk.  Warning flags should be used sensibly. Re-runs or notional times will only be awarded after being authorised by the Clerk of the Course and so marshals reporting incidents which involve recommendations for re-runs or notional times should do so to the Clerk of the Course or Safari Control without delay. Any blockages on the course which cause the start to be held will force an increase to the event time allowance so it is important to deal with any such incidents in a quick efficient manner.

Notes for new Marshals

At all events you must sign on before you go out on the course. You must also collect a Yellow Marshal Jacket and this must be worn at all times during your duties at the event.

At signing on you will be allotted a section at a trial or in the case of safaris a marshal post, which will have a number displayed near by. You will be required to man this position throughout the entire event, unless an official of the event moves you to another point during the event. Never leave your position unmanned.

At safaris you will need to collect a yellow and blue flag when signing on. The use of these flags is as follows.

Yellow Flag: The yellow flag held steady is used to warn a competitor of a hazard on the course or a warning that they may have to stop.

The yellow flag waved in one hand and the other held straight out palm towards the oncoming competitor means you require them to stop immediately.

Blue Flag: The blue flag held steady is to advise a competitor that there is another competitor following close behind. The blue flag waved is to tell the competitor that another competitor is trying to overtake.

....and Competitors

You must stop if instructed to do so. Marshals will give you an alternative route if there is one. If there isn't, they won't have taken the decision lightly. You should also ponder whether a ten second delay is worth claiming a re-run. An extra run is a lot of extra risk for perhaps negligible benefit. Either way, any re-runs must be claimed BEFORE the subsequent run is attempted.

Organisers are expected to start the event on time and not to put any obvious black spots into the course. However, the AWDC relies on its members to turn up and marshal to ensure the event is able to start at all.

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