I have done several of your events and they have always been well marshalled and well organised.
I've not done the Lydd one so cannot comment but just wanted to say chin up matey and keep on organising great races.
As a race organiser and competitor I sympathise with marshalls and the lack of them. However, there are a number of groups you could ask for help who would be happy to help out. Scouts, Guides, Army Cadets, Sea Cadets, Venture Scouts all have ready supplies of 16-18 yr olds who are community minded and can actually sit still for about 2hrs with a bib on and follow orders. Schools that run Duke Of Edinburgh awards also have reasonably mature young adults that will do as they're told in return for you signing off part of their community help programme.Our local council also runs a HM as a showcase event and has an army of volunteers who are happy to help out, be they local council workers to members of the public.Have you approached local running clubs for help with volunteers?Our club has just introduced a rule that any person who wishes to run our own 10k has to provide a marshall in an effort to garner the 50 marshalls needed for the event and I know of another local club that doesn't allow ANY of it's club members to enter their 10k promotion - they have to marshall instead.Have you looked into asking PCSO's for their help instead of regular police? Might increase the costs but may be worth it
Hi MM - thanks for taking the time to post your thoughts.
My understanding is that there are some issues in Lydd which prevent those voluntary groups you mention from helping with this race - read into that what you will! In 2008 we did have the Scouts and also the Guides helped out but apparently neither is prepared to help now. I hasten to add that there are no issues whatsoever between us and those groups - and we would be delighted to welcome them as part of the team.
The challenge that we are faced with is relatively simple - if we are organising on behalf of a charity or a community group we will provide the race management expertise and key staff on the day - Race Director, Course Director, Timing and Results and also four people to act as Key Marshals. All we ask in return is that the small army of 'regular' marshals that we need to staff water stations and act as course guides are provided for us. The race profits are provided to that charity or group in return for that guarantee. The fact it works is evident from the respnse we get from races such as the Rye Summer Series, Beckley 10K and Ashford & District 10K.
What is annoying is that we had issues last year and made a decision that we wouldnt organise it again unless we were guaranteed the marshalling support. Our stipulation was for a minimum of 20 - which we reduced to 10 last week. On Saturday we were told only 8 could be found and, in the end, just five, two of them youngsters turned up.
More frustraing is the fact that we have links with local charities and groups who would jump through hoops to have the opportunity to be involved in an event like this - and provide the neccessary marshal support.
I have to say that we have been overwhelmed this morning with the emails of support from those who took part - astonishingly, we have had emails from over 20% of the particpants!! It is most heartening and we will take this as a sign that if we can work these issues out we will try our best to maintain the event on this course - but where the Race HQ could be and the what the event name could be is for dscussion later!
Thanks once again for posting.
I don't understand what people are moaning about,
Who runs that sort of distance without taking a drink with them?
I can't say I had any problem with lack of marshalls, just follow everyone else. The roads were mostly straight and wherever there were junctions there was someone pointing you in the right direction.
Please don't give up on this event, I think this route was really good, definitely the nicest half marathon I've done and much better than running along the coast.
Don't let people get you down, I'm sure the quiet majority of people enjoyed the race!
On a side note I noticed there were pictures being taken at the finish line, do you know if these are going online?
I really enjoyed the race and had no problems with the marshalling etc. Please keep the event going as its one of my favourites!.
In response to Jason - I don't carry water with me when racing this distance. i'm heavy enough, why carry more weight around when there is water provided on the course? It's really a basic requirement on this kind of event to provide water at appropriate points on the course, and sufficient toilets.
Really sorry to read about the problems, it's good to see that the majority of folk realise that nice work were let down again, and that it's not a reflection of how they operate.
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