I’ve just found a new timing solution that should make things a lot easier moving forwards. It’s tablet based, generates results files automatically and uploads, real-time apparently – to the cloud.
Getting timing right on the day is one of the hardest things I have to do, given the small team that I have working with me every year. Sue always does a fantastic job, but hopefully this should relieve the pressure on both of us.
I’ve paid for it – it was only £40 – out of my own pocket this year to see if I can use it, but it will require me to get the start lists into a specific format to work on the tablet. It’s going to mean that I can’t chop and change entries now, because once I’ve uploaded, I’ve uploaded.
If I’ve emailed you recently to facilitate a swap, then that can go ahead, but any more after this will be administratively very difficult.
I’ve got almost everything, now. Just got to get event-day food and drink and we’re ready to go.
I’ll send an email to everyone who is registered before the event with final instructions.
Unlike certain other events, we don’t oversell places. We know that some people won’t make the start line, but we don’t like to be presumptuous. We know that if you can’t make it, you have until the end of this month to find someone to take your place off you, and we think that’s only fair.
That said, there are only two more people who will be able to apply to have a bit of Maravan fun this on the 24th November this year, as there are only two more places in the Half Marathon up for grabs..
Everyone who finishes the half marathon will get a bespoke medal, some chocolate or something similar, some crisps and a beer and a can of cola or such like. It’s a fun way to take part in the festivities without having to commit to running a whole marathon.
I liked last year’s medal. It was a good size, a lovely design, and had a couple of clever features. I’m not a fan of change for change’s sake, so I’m using the same basic design this year as well.
So as to mix things up a bit, though, I’m changing colours around a bit. Runners on Saturday, and Sunday’s Marathon will receive antique gold coloured medals this year, and the ribbons are all individually printed with the event and year, so if you collect two medals over the weekend, they’ll both be different.
Half Marathon runners will have shiny silver medals this year.
We have received confirmation from the park that we are welcome back to use their site for Maravan 2019!
Although I was hoping to move forward another day, there was always going to be a day when I had to move the event back, and that time has come, as the caravan owners’ end of season party is a few days later next year. Hopefully we’ll still be OK for weather, but we’ve had everything that the North Sea can throw us over the years.
Maravan 2019 will be on the 23 and 24 November, 2019.
I’ll open up entries some time between now and Christmas, and let you know via the website and Social Media.