brian porter


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Liverpool Rock n Roll Marathon anyone?

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 22:25

Best job in the world for me on Sunday. I'm commentating on the event to support and encourage all you brilliant people.

You can tweet me @brianporterrun with messages of support or send me a private email on here.

Course measureres urgently needed

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 11:20

Training for new measurers is free by the way.

Course Measurers urgently needed

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 11:16

training for new course measurers is FREE

Course measureres urgently needed

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 11:01

Interesting.

46 views, no responses.

Bump. this is important

Course Measurers urgently needed

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 11:00

No we don't because they are unreliable!

Course measureres urgently needed

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 19:59

 

Hello My name is Brian Porter, Road Race Course Measurement Secretary for The North of England.   The course measurers in The UK do an incredible job making sure road races are at least the distance advertised. However, due to retirements, injury and work commitments, we are decreasing in number.   If the decrease continues David Attenborough will do a documentary about us becoming an endangered species!   We are particularly short of measurers in Cumbria, Nothumberland, North and South Yorkshire, Humberside, Licolnshire.  

All that is needed is a bicycle, a notebook and a calculator.  The initial training is done on line at a time to suit you, then you go out with a qualified measurer to practice what you have learned.  Actual measurements of events are done at a mutually agreeable time arranged with Race Directors, and it doesn't cost you anything except your time as all expenses are covered.

Think you've got what it takes?  Take a look at www.coursemeasurement.org.uk

Here is what led a new race organiser, Doug Hyde, to become a course measurer in 2009,

As an employee of event organisers Birmingham City Council, I had been competing in and organising (at a low level) running events since the early eighties. My professional role is in Transportation and Highways and, with this experience, I was asked two or three years ago by colleagues in the Events team for views and ideas for a half marathon event. This led to a number of options being developed, which were then discussed with various experienced race promoters. When a final preference was arrived at for the 2008 race, I was asked to accompany the official course measurer, former London Marathon winner Hugh Jones, to carry out the measure. The details of this process were unknown to me beforehand, as they probably are to nearly all race competitors!

The system used is to measure the course using a “Jones counter” (named after an American measurer, not Hugh) on a bicycle wheel. This sounds very basic, and it is, but it has the advantage of simplicity and, used properly, great accuracy. The device measures approximately one “count” per 10 cm.

My own experience of course measurement came about by a lucky accident when I accompanied a measurer and he encouraged me to try it. I have met some wonderful people and cycled along many beautiful areas to measure.

I would be most grateful to hear from anyone who would like to know more about becoming a course measurer. Please email me at coursemeasument@btinternet.com

Course Measurers urgently needed

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 19:45

Hello My name is Brian Porter, Road Race Course Measurement Secretary for The North of England.   The course measurers in The UK do an incredible job making sure road races are at least the distance advertised. However, due to retirements, injury and work commitments, we are decreasing in number.   If the decrease continues David Attenborough will do a documentary about us becoming an endangered species!   We are particularly short of measurers in Cumbria, Nothumberland, North and South Yorkshire, Humberside, Licolnshire.  

All that is needed is a bicycle, a notebook and a calculator.  The initial training is done on line at a time to suit you, then you go out with a qualified measurer to practice what you have learned.  Actual measurements of events are done at a mutually agreeable time arranged with Race Directors, and it doesn't cost you anything except your time as all expenses are covered.

Think you've got what it takes?  Take a look at www.coursemeasurement.org.uk

Here is what led a new race organiser, Doug Hyde, to become a course measurer in 2009,

As an employee of event organisers Birmingham City Council, I had been competing in and organising (at a low level) running events since the early eighties. My professional role is in Transportation and Highways and, with this experience, I was asked two or three years ago by colleagues in the Events team for views and ideas for a half marathon event. This led to a number of options being developed, which were then discussed with various experienced race promoters. When a final preference was arrived at for the 2008 race, I was asked to accompany the official course measurer, former London Marathon winner Hugh Jones, to carry out the measure. The details of this process were unknown to me beforehand, as they probably are to nearly all race competitors!

The system used is to measure the course using a “Jones counter” (named after an American measurer, not Hugh) on a bicycle wheel. This sounds very basic, and it is, but it has the advantage of simplicity and, used properly, great accuracy. The device measures approximately one “count” per 10 cm.

My own experience of course measurement came about by a lucky accident when I accompanied a measurer and he encouraged me to try it. I have met some wonderful people and cycled along many beautiful areas to measure.

I would be most grateful to hear from anyone who would like to know more about becoming a course measurer. Please email me at coursemeasurement@btinternet.com

Goody bags in races

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 19:38

When i took over as Race Director for Wesham 10K and Freckleton Half Marathon I made a promise:

No tee shirts and no medals.

Race mementoes have to be useful i believe, so at Freckleton we have done since 2004,

Shoe bag, pint glass, pint mug, large drinks bottle, holdall, rucksack, bath towel, enormous umbrella, shoe bag big enough to get a large pair of walking boots into, gym sack that contained a gym towel and a drinks bottle.

This year is our 50th race and we have something special lined up.

 

Freckleton Half-Marathon

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 10:39

Here you go folks

A fine collection of photos from Lynne Brown. 1173 of them altogether.

Many thanks to Lynne for taking the photos.

Please note: they are copyright protected to Lynne so if you want any of them you MUST ask Lynne for permission please.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lynnthefetchie/9069827738/in/set-72157634162389735

Freckleton Half-Marathon

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 05:45

Good morning athletes,

A fine day for running here on the beautiful Fylde Coast.

It's going to be a briliant atmosphere with a record 850 entries. Get here early to get a good parking place

Collect your number before 1.15. Don't forget your email confirmation, that will mean we can find you on the list quickly.

If you have lost/deleted/irnored your email then you will have to bring prof of payment, eg bank or credit card statement please.

If off to Southport to commentate on a triathlon then I'm going to cycle round the course with the first lady so she gets the same recognition aas the leading man (or vice versa if the race leader is a lady)

See you later. Come and say Hello.

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