FLM runners and supporters

Your thoughts about support this year and next..

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21/04/2005 at 16:40
Hi all

I completely missed the support team, 1st FLM and all that was a bit nervous, didn't want to hit the wall and was completely sick of lucozade, jelly babies and mars bars so although it would have been nice to see friendly faces I wasn't too bothered about not getting my goodies, sorry!! I saw the team 9 marker and thought I'd gone too far so that was that! had I gone too far?
21/04/2005 at 16:56
Only if you were in Teams 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 or 8.
21/04/2005 at 18:45

BB . . yes I know it was and it was fab!!! But don't tell everyone or there'll be more supporters than runners next year!!


KK . . robust and large sounds good . . but what do we do about storage and stuff?


Claire . . glad to hear from you . . Team 6 were worried coz we didn't see you at all. Afraid that we were before Number 9, as LL has suggested. We'd got Mars Bars specially for you . .

since FLM I've had Mars Bars sandwiches, Mars Bars curry and I think it's Mars Bars bubble and squeak tonight!!!

don't worry . . the supplies at Mudchute were only there IN CASE you needed them . .

how did your race go? that's the important bit . .
21/04/2005 at 18:47
Gavo sourced the helium last year, and we didn't have anyone to bring it this year. I'll mail Sean about balloons.
KK - many thanks for that offer. When Leggy and I have had a recce, we'll report back.

Ideas for next year:
- team signs on poles
- Leggy's signs a big hit so repeat next year, and we can let all the runners know early on

One thing I don't want to do is overload supporters: this year some teams had nearly 30 runners, and I think that's about the max number. So maybe we need more support teams??
21/04/2005 at 18:48
Maybe not have such specific requests for supporters???????????
Ratbag    pirate
21/04/2005 at 20:02
Haven't read the whole thread but I did see the 800m etc. signs even though I knew where you were...in any case, I didn't know I had a team number...my fault for not spending more time on this forum....great to get the jelly babies tho' and a hug..from jj...
21/04/2005 at 20:04

Could you get your support effort sponsored ?
22/04/2005 at 08:43
Rich and Meerkat.

The only major problem I see with a large robust banner is displaying it well and safely!

Ideal is stretched lampost to lampost across the road, but going back to the ballloon scenario fraught with problems!

22/04/2005 at 10:00
sponsorships--what a great idea, welsh alex.
22/04/2005 at 10:27
Anything strung across the road has to be above a certain height, and stable and safe (may even need permission...). Have a look at the photographs of the mile markers to get an idea of the required height, and the solidity of the construction.

Sponsorship is a good idea to help with costs, but we also need to keep things simple, practical (easily managed by a gorup of volunteers in less than one hour without training)and able to be carried on the train.
22/04/2005 at 11:41
can we put the banner across the road, so we decapitate jimmy Saville as he rides on the back of the lead vehicle??????????
22/04/2005 at 11:48
Yes Helegant is correct about permission.

The "Flora Balloon" banners do in fact have 'minders' with them in case of a problem. My sister and her husband were due to look after one at Cutty Sark two years ago. In the event it had to be taken down because it obscured the BBC's cameras.
22/04/2005 at 11:55
Thats why I think we should use the mile marker ballons as our markers. Then the runners will know exactly where we are.

We had a bit of a prob woth the balloons this year as some of them got loose and got under the runners feet. At least in previous years if they got loose they floated away.
22/04/2005 at 11:59
Hi JJ, how's you?

22/04/2005 at 12:05
Fine thank you KK :-)

Been a bit busy with work probs and ill sprogs but things are on the up again.

Waiting to hear if I'm in NYCM at the minute.
22/04/2005 at 12:11
The 'Big Apple" huh?

This is what John Bingham said to me a few weeks ago:-

" As for running in the US, I am biased but I think that the Chicago marathon is THE one to run. New York is – well, New York, not America. Come run Chicago and I can all but guarantee that you can be a pacer!".

So I'd better get prepared!
22/04/2005 at 12:17
Thats why I think we should use the mile marker ballons as our markers. Then the runners will know exactly where we are.

We had a bit of a prob woth the balloons this year as some of them got loose and got under the runners feet. At least in previous years if they got loose they floated away.
22/04/2005 at 12:18
Don't know where the above came from ?????

I have friends in NY so have to that one first.
25/04/2005 at 16:44
I can only veeeery vaguely remember getting to the support teams- think i grabbed some jelly babies from someone and sort of meandered off again, which was a bit rude, but I was decidedly dazed by that point in the day... Saying that, its probably for the best that I didnt stop coz I only got about a hundred yards down the road before i had to stop and throw up (oops!)so if Id have stopped for a chat, one of the lovely support team members would have probably got hurled on!
25/04/2005 at 16:52
okay - that's something we can bear in mind for next year:

Supporters to wear waterproofs and carry buckets
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