Under the Bridge Cancelled

Good morning friends,

We regret to have to advise the cancellation of the Under the Bridge challenge, which was due to take place during the weekend of 11th and 12th June in Barton Upon Humber.

Despite our best attempts to keep prices and costs down, it’s become apparent, as we approach the last month before event date, that in order to meet North Lincolnshire Council’s requirements, as well as the requirements of our permit issuer and our insurer, that we are not going to be able to afford to use our contracted medical provider, and as such, without medical cover, we cannot proceed.

It is a busy weekend locally for events, so we had to bring our medical team from outside the area, and there are significant extra costs that this incurs.

The event would have left me out of pocket personally to the tune of several hundred pounds, so, regretfully, I have been left with no choice but to cancel.

I have asked Event Entry this morning to begin the process of making full refunds. In order to do this I need to transfer the costs of these refunds to him, this will take me about a week, so hopefully refunds should start being processed before the end of next week.

I believe that the format would work, and am looking to revisit the idea some time in the future, possibly with a little more notice than this year’s event.

Once again, I’m sorry to have to cancel.

Be assured, the Maravan in November will still be going ahead as planned.

Thanks for your understanding,

Darren

Ribbon Design for “Under the Bridge”

Under the Bridge medal ribbon

I’ve been saying since the start of the “Under the Bridge” pilot that the event would be run on a low-cost, sustainable model. 

As it’s the first ever running, we’re reusing lovely old medals that we just can’t use at the Maravan any more. It would be totally unfair, though, to not give you something bespoke, so we’ve had a brand new set of ribbons created for this event and I’m really please with the design.

As it was cheaper for me to have 100 made rather than paying a short-order surcharge, I’ve ordered 100 ribbons, so there will be 100 medals of five different designs (so if you’re doing two days you can have a different colour or design, or have a pair of interlocking ones if you want), which means that there are 50 places available for each day.

I’ll even make some places available on the day if people want to run with a younger runner in our junior event

There are still places left for each day, I’d be keen to fill early so I know how to provision my feeding table. Norma’s coming over for the weekend so it’ll be a good fun time for everyone, as usual.

Entries are available at EventEntry.

Are you trying to join a club? Entry update.

Just a quick update from us today about “Under the Bridge” entries.

Some of you may know that there are a few clubs around who accept members based on the number of time they’ve run a marathon. There are strict criteria as to what constitutes a marathon, an ultra or a timed challenge.

For the 100 Marathon Club, inclusion on the club events calendar is sufficient for the event to “count”. All our events are on the 100 Club events calendar for this season, and therefore all of them will “count”.

“Under the Bridge” counts under the “Timed Challenge” criterion, and therefore anyone who completes a marathon distance will be credited as a marathon runner, anyone who completes 9 laps or more will be an ultra-runner.

However, there are criteria about the number of participants in order for an event to “count” in future years, and some folk, who are aiming to join the 100 club, like to be sure that the event meets those criteria before entering.

I’m pleased to be able to advise, having checked with Craig at EventEntry this morning, that the adult Day 1 Challenge at “Under the Bridge” has now passed the 15 entrants bar and will therefore count for future years as well. Day 2 is not far behind, if you fancy getting two runs in a weekend.

Those of you who I know have been waiting for the number to reach 15 can now feel free to enter.

We have a target of 24 entries per day to cover the costs of medical care and medal ribbons, although the event will be going ahead whether we reach this target or not. We do have to pay for ribbons now, though, so if those of you who have been holding off could  get some entries in that would be really helpful!

Under the Bridge – Juniors

Vigilantes Maravan presents:

UNDER THE BRIDGE JUNIORS

A chance for younger runners to take part in this challenge alongside their parent/carer and win a medal.

As this is run under ARC regulations, ARC rule 80 applies to maximum permitted distances:

12 years+ 3km (one small lap)

14+ 5km (one large lap)

17+ 10km (two large laps)

This is a cupless event, please bring a drinking vessel.

Although they may run unaccompanied, under 18s must arrive with an adult and remain with an adult known to them at all times on the race village. 

Entry limits to all Under the Bridge events are based on medal availability. Once the event is full no further entries can be taken.

DAY 1

DAY 2

Rejected again!

It hasn’t been a great month for us with marathon ballots. This is our second in a month.

To be fair, there are going to be far fewer places available in the big city events over the next couple of years as people take up deferrals and such like. That’s how come we’re running in Chicago in October, deferred a succesful ballot place from 2020!

Of course, there are plenty of other marathons available in November, including a lovely little event in Cleethorpes on the 19th and 20th. We’d definitely be running that one if we weren’t busy that weekend.

If you’d like to run a marathon or a half, or to take part in one of the best relay races around, then get entries in now. There’s no ballot, it’s first come-first served; but even though we’ve increased available entries, once it’s full, it’s full.

Enter The Maravan

 

Juniors at “Under the Bridge”

We’ve been asked a few times whether there’s any prospect of younger runners taking part in the Maravan. Sadly, the event format as it is has never allowed that. 

However, I have been speaking to the Association of Running Clubs, who provide our race licences and insurance every year about the possibility of younger runners taking part in our new event with their parents and receiving a medal.

I’ve had the go-ahead this afternoon that I will be able to open “Under the Bridge” up to runners aged between 12 and 18, subject to the rules of the Association of Running Clubs with regard to young athletes.

Children aged 12 and over are permitted to run 3km. This is equivalent to one small loop on the course we’ve planned. 

Children aged 14 and over are permitted to run 5km, which is one large loop.

Over 17s-18s can run 10km, or two loops.

Kids will need to be accompanied by an adult at the race venue.

Entry fees will be the same for children as for affiliated runners, ie £20.

We’ve just got to work out the finer points of this and we’ll open entries, hopefully this weekend.

Meet Vigilantes Maravan CIC

Since 2013, when Darren first had the idea of running a race around a campsite, the Maravan has been run as a one-man-band, never turning a profit, but run year-to-year  Legally, Darren was working as a “sole trader”, so he couldn’t carry any revenues over from one year to the next without it becoming liable for tax. So every year he’d start again from scratch, underwriting all the costs until there was enough in the coffers to pay him back.

As the Maravan has become bigger, and with one eye towards a future with a few more races, that particular business model no longer works. We need to be able to carry money from one year to the next, to be able to sell merchandise, and to be able to put surplus made from one event into supplying other events as a year round concern.

It’s all still a labour of love, though, with one man at the helm and a gaggle of willing volunteers working alongside, doing this all for fun. It’s never going to be about profit, or even eking out a living. It’s always going to be about bringing people together for a bit of fun a couple of times a year.

So we’re pleased to announce the arrival of Vigilantes Maravan CIC, a community interest company with, at its heart, a focus on providing fun, low key and accessible athletic events for runners of all abilities in Lincolnshire and the Humber.

As a community interest company, we don’t have shareholders, we’re not obliged to make a profit, but we can operate all year round, commercially, and this is going to guarantee the sustainability of the event, and any new ones, going forwards. 

We’re now very much on the lookout for new events and new ideas, though, so if you know of a venue that might be fun, and would suit a Vigilantes Maravan day out, or if you’re thinking about setting up an event yourself but want some support doing it, please get in touch.

Vigilantes Maravan CIC is a Community Interest Company limited by guarantee.

Registered with Companies House: 13984584.

Did you not get in?

london reject webpage

If, like us, you’ve received the rejection email, AGAIN, from the London Marathon, all is not lost.

Ask any member of the 100 Marathon Club, they’ll tell you, there are marathons going on the length and breadth of the country each and every weekend who would be delighted to have you run with them.

And if you want to run a marathon in autumn, come and experience the friendly fun of Cleethorpes’ own Maravan, a jewel in the running calendar of the East Coast and an superb event for established marathoners and first-timers alike.

Or if you have got into London, and you want a decent, fun “catered” training run with a fun atmosphere, friendly people and an iconic viewpoint, then we’d love to see you in June at “Under the Bridge” as well.

Enter the Maravan here.

Enter “Under the Bridge” here. 

A new event for June 2022

Vigilantes Maravan are very excited to have received the relevant permissions for a pilot new event for June 11 and 12, 2022, at the foot of the iconic Humber Bridge in Barton upon Humber, in Northern Lincolnshire.

Taking inspiration from events that we’ve taken part in “down south”, we’ve decided to put on a simple, six hour daytime challenge, where we challenge you to run as many or as few 3 mile laps as you wish within a 6 hour time limit. There’s even a shorter final lap possible to round up to 26.2 miles if you want to stop there! That said, if you only want to do three miles, you can still have a result and a medal – this event is for everyone!

(We’re looking at whether we can find a way to allow accompanied children to do a short run on the course, but at the moment, it’s adults only.)

In fact, you’ve got a bit longer than six hours, as that’s the time you  have to begin your final lap.

We’ve been looking for a suitable venue for an event like this for a little while, and we’ve settled on the Humber Bridge Park in Barton because it’s flat, there’s plenty of parking, there’s a train station nearby, and there are toilets and a cafe on site.

For those of you who know the Viking Way, Barton is the start point of that particular long distance footpath, and that’s where we’ll be starting the run from.

This event is a bit more “no-frills” than the Maravan, it’s a first running, there might be teething troubles, so we’re charging what we’re hoping will be just enough to cover the costs of a smaller entry field. We reckon £20 is cracking value for 6 hours of permit race, with medical cover, food and a decent chunk of metal as a medal. 

We’re redeploying an old classic “Vigilantes Badge” medal for this event, with a new ribbon to make it bespoke to the event. This makes the event even more sustainable.

More info can be found here.