More than 15,000 applications have been received from people interested in becoming ‘runners’, volunteers during the IAAF World Championships London 2017 and the World ParaAthletics Championships in London next summer, local organisers have announced.

“We’re delighted that so many individuals want to be part of the summer of world athletics and help us to deliver the event,” said London 2017 Ltd Managing Director Cherry Alexander. “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.”

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 in December 2016, aiming to complete by February 2017 with roles being allocated in March and April 2017.

The World ParaAthletics Championships will be held from 14-23 July and the IAAF World Championships from 4-13 August.


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