FLM runners and supporters

Your thoughts about support this year and next..

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19/04/2005 at 22:49
On the way towards m17 arch there is an outside bend with (I think) 10-15 foot high raised railings behind. The pavement is quite narrow, but it is near to the toilets, and it would be easy to put up more visible signs. Also it's closer to Asda for extra supplies.

I've mailed Ahsley about the balloons - £5 per 100 for 11" helium quality latex (plus postage) and suggested that RW give a bit of sponsorship in the form of balloons and helium (I reckon it would take over 500 balloons to make an arch across the road and we would struggle to find anchor points high enough to allow buses etc to pass underneath (and someone has to tie all those knots - starting the night before as it takes a while, and we would have marathon blistered fingers!) However, balloons between railings and lamp-pots might be feasible - probably needs another reccee.
19/04/2005 at 23:41
It worked fantastically, you were exactly where you said you would be and congrats on your big sign Team 9. Can I be in your Team again next year. Promise I won't keep you waiting next time Legless.
19/04/2005 at 23:45
Teams were a fab idea


I do tbink a generalised support station to generically inlude peeps might be better
look its fab to get gin or whatever at 27-but the stuff doesnt matter THAT much-and i think it did strss the supporters who should also have a good day
19/04/2005 at 23:59
Thinking about ETA's, there is two aspects to it.
1) Time taken to cover 17 miles
2) time taken to get across the start line.

If we are splitting groups into time bands as well then it would be more important to include time to get across the start.

If we are going to be there all day, then ETA's are less important.

If we are going down the time bands route perhaps with the help of this year's runners, we can produce a table of how long to get across the start line?
So get an average time for all the people in red start pen 9 etc And do that for all the coloured starts and pens.

Or is that making it too complicated?
20/04/2005 at 00:01
In fact if RW do that, they can put it up on the website as a resource.

<<<<<Sean - hint, hint>>>>
20/04/2005 at 17:46
Would like to say a BIG thank you to the special group of individuals who gave up their time to support us. The considerable time you put into organising the support and the personal expense you went to in providing refreshments was very much appreciated.

Legless - your signs were great. I spotted them very easily, as you'd made it very clear to all your team beforehand where they'd be, and it was such a relief to see them as I needed the support when it came. Please pass on my thanks to your kids for helping to make the signs. Thanks too for all your encouragement.

20/04/2005 at 20:38
Another big THANK YOU here!

Meerkat - you did a great job, as did everyone who helped.

I don't have anything to add to what's already been said. Countdown signs were good, I spotted the numbers ok, founf lp with no difficulty whatsoever.
Maybe next year the supporters could have hair dyed a different colour for each team?
20/04/2005 at 20:51
Hipps, thanks for your concern. Speaking for myself - I had a fantastic day and didn't find it particularly stressful, although it must have been an organisational nightmare for Meerkat. It's a pity I didn't mingle more and get to know peeps in the other teams, but that was more down to general excitement more than anything else!
20/04/2005 at 22:15
Hair colours...now there's an idea :))
No, not a mare at all. Just delighted that we helped running peeps.
20/04/2005 at 22:16
well you DID

just the thought of you peeps being there really helped

i didnt make the most of it as i did last year-that pi on RW belies how dreadful i felt

thankyou, from the bottom

of my bottom
21/04/2005 at 01:47
Thanks for all the support, unfortunately i missed Team 1. This was despite the pictures on ultrameerkats website, i also missed the 800,400,200m to go signs. I only realised i had missed you when i saw team 4, i was a bit disorientated at that stage and definately didnt want to upset my rhythm and come back. I was gutted because i had also missed my wife, daughter and friends at the 13 mile point!
The reason i missed you is because the signs were low on the railings, they definately need to be up in the air. I wonder if you could have a banner high up stretching across the road for the 200 or 400m sign?
I know you guys saw me, i heard you shouting for me which i really appreciated and you got my picture aswell. I posted my report to Runners World and they have found my photo and stuck it with my report, it looks like im turning and smiling at you guys!

Massive thanks to you all a great effort and I WILL see you again next year! At the moment its looking more likely to be from the runners side of the the fence than the supporters side though!
21/04/2005 at 13:36
UM and Legless sounds like an outing and years planing are a great idea.

I used wood for our high posters as this doesn't bend, was light to carry and is easier to allow the posters to be placed with drawing pins. The railings with cable ties made them very firm.

With the crowds of people low down banners don't work until you are on them.

Countdown markers seem to have been a big hit.

As Legless says if we make up a set of banners that can be used year and again its not a problem. The URWFRC posters I used have been used in 2003, 2004, 2005 and a couple of other races as well.

For the record I bought the RW\URWFRC balloons back in 2003. At the time RW offered to pay half and URWFRC offered to pay half. I never got round to making the claim and put it through my company instead. This year the balloons were mentioned too late to get printed.

Another point on the balloons is that the ones we had printed were for Helium. Plummy supplied the Helium and this lasted for events at FLM, Abingdon, and Windsor. The downside was he wouldn't take the canister back and its a bitch to get rid of (legally).

Anything over the road is a no no. If something goes wrong, the wind picks up etc. can you imagine the catastophe of a mass pile up mid course. Not worth the risk to the runners or the legal backlash to us. I agree with Helegant. If there is a place where the railings are high on a bend that we can attach to behind us this will work best of all. The reason i suggest being on the outside of a curve is that as you enter the curve you see all the team meeting points. If its on a straight the previous marker hides yours (eg. TEAM 9 banner hid ours!).
21/04/2005 at 13:48
I thought you were all fab, and the jelly babies were just what I needed; many thanks team 4! The hug from RichK was nice too, as everything was hurting at that point. Maybe we should have designated huggers? I nominate RichK.
21/04/2005 at 13:53



you just never know what you'll find during a lunchtime lurk do ya :)

wonder if you'll find a seconder tho Kath ;)
21/04/2005 at 13:55
You mean you hugged other people too? Fickle, or what?!

(Sorry about the sweat by the way)
21/04/2005 at 13:57

were you sweating dear? I didn't notice :)

and . . erm . . there may have been one or two others . . but that's all honest :\
21/04/2005 at 16:00
RichK it was a snogfest as you well know:-))

My face was all salty from so many sweaty hugs and kisses.
21/04/2005 at 16:05
You didn't have to tell everyone BB !
21/04/2005 at 16:17
Hi Guys.

I'm more than happy to go supplying banners.

I've got the graphics file, I will make posters for individual teams if anybody wants. Just give me reasonable notice, and if you possibly arrange to have them mounted on boards yourselves.

Looking long term use on this I have had a chat with a local signmaker who produces banners on thick pvc. I can supply the file to him, he can have the whole logo, text etc CUT out of yellow pvc and mounted onto a blue background banner. The colours he can do match quite closely URWFRC colours. However this will cost a lttle and whereas everything I have produced before has come straght through the business I would have to fork out 'real' money for this sort of banner. However it would give a really robust weatherproof banner, big as well.

Besides I want to do FLM again next year, all being well pacing the Get You Round group again, so I'll need to know when I'm close!! I don't know whether anyone noticed but John Bingham wasn't there this year either! We were both crocked!!
21/04/2005 at 16:27
Plum supplied the hot air? now there's a surprise!
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