21st October 2016

15,000 Applications Received To Become A 'runner' For The Summer Of World Athletics

21 October 2016

  • More than 15,000 applications have been completed to become a ‘Runner’ – a volunteer during the Summer of World Athletics, almost four for every single role.


  • The application period closed at midnight on Sunday 16 October 2016.


  • 4,000 volunteers will be at the heart of the Championships, helping to deliver the event in The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and across London


  • Selection Interviews will commence in December until February 2017 to fulfil roles including transport, way-finding, meet and greet and accreditation.


London 2017 Ltd has revealed more than 15,000 applications have been received from people interested in becoming ‘Runners’ for next year’s Summer of World Athletics.

With 3.75 applications received for every championship position, selection centres will have their work cut out to whittle the application pile down to the core 4000 roles required for the event.

The interview process will commence work in December 2016, aiming to complete by February 2017 with roles being allocated in March and April 2017.

London 2017 Ltd Managing Director Cherry Alexander said:

“We’re delighted that so many individuals want to be part of the Summer of World Athletics and help us to deliver the event. Volunteers can help make a championship truly successful and it’s exciting that so many have applied. 

“We’ve received applications from 125 different nations showing the global appeal for those willing to give their time up to make this a truly memorable summer. We can’t wait to start training and working with our Runners.”

The London 2017 Volunteer Programme, ‘Runners’, is being delivered in partnership by London 2017 and by Team London, the Mayor of London’s volunteering programme. Team London built on the fantastic movement of volunteering delivered by the 2012 Games, creating programmes that have engaged nearly one million Londoners and led London to become European Volunteering Capital 2016.

If you would like to register to volunteer at any British Athletics events in 2017, find more information via the link: http://www.britishathletics.org.uk/competitions/event-volunteers-registration/