In 1993 as a last minute decision I spent the weekend with Sunderland MAG and SPAM volunteering at some bike rally they called Stormin’ the Castle. I have never looked back. Over the years the event, the crowds and the Stormin’ Marshal family have grown and I feel honoured to have remained a part of it year on year.
Yes it can be challenging, yes the hours can be long but watching so many people have a good time and sharing the atmosphere with the good friends I have made along the way can’t be beaten.
Between us we have home grown many of the younger generation coming through and am happy to say they too enjoy every minute. The more the merrier
Jen S – Durham
My first experience of Stomin’ was as a punter back in ’02, I know by most standards that was just yesterday, but for me that was back when I was 15. Stormin’ sold me the life style that first year and since ’03 I have been riding bikes and Marshalling Stormin’, to say it changed my life would be a bit much however it defiantly made me who I am today. Back in ’03 I came along with Durham MAG and have Marshalled every year since, the people that Marshall are the friends I socialise with through out the year so when we come together once a year it like a family gathering.
I joined the committee in 2012 and although it is hard work and you do get a bit of stick about being a “Committee Member” I haven’t look back. Once the site starts to fill up and general tone has been set for the weekend, there is nothing better than going for a bimble and meeting like minded people with the knowledge you extended family are keeping an eye on things.
Thank you to everyone who helps and most of all thank you for making the weekend the best in my calendar.
Why I volunteer to marshal — that is an easy one for me. I have been riding bikes for 34years and during that time I have been to many many rallies. At one rally their was a back log at a gate and I wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody, got of my bike and went and helped.
Since then I have been a volunteer marshal, I have been coming to Stormin’ for many years and volunteering for some ten years or so. Since volunteering I have seen a very different rally world, a lot of effort is put in behind the scenes that we don’t normally see, organizing the event that we love to attend year after year. Every year there is always a big smile or hug awaiting you when you walk on site and you meet up with friends you haven’t seen for a year.
Marshalling is a way of enjoying the rally, from the inside, and you get so many great experiences that will stick with you for the rest of your life. Everyone is always very appreciative of all our efforts.
Would you like a whole new family that you can choose rather than be born into?
Would you like to meet the best group of people on this side of the known universe?
If the answer to any of these is ‘yes’ then you should be a marshal at Stormin’
Seven years ago I turned up at Stormin’ to reunite with old friends and meet new ones; I spent a happy weekend attaching wristbands to lovely people on bikes, rolling programmes up in bin liners and general dogs-bodying. I had such a marvellous time I have been back every opportunity and have enjoyed every minute of it since, even the challenging muddy years have been made fun by the people around you.
There are loads of things that need doing so there is always something that everyone can get involved in. It’s a work hard play hard kind of weekend, rounded off with the phenomenon that is the “Marshal’s Party”.
So, if you have had any, even vague, thoughts about becoming a marshal and having the best time of your life then hesitate for not a second longer and DO IT! Make this year the year you become a Stormin’ marshal.