November will soon be upon us!

So, we’re creeping into the final few weeks before this year’s Maravan, and like many other events this year, numbers are down a little on previous years. 

We’ve still got plenty of time, and we’ve got more than enough runners for both days to count fully for the 100 club and other similar events.

Of course, this means that there is still plenty of time to get entries in.

We’ve had a bit of interest over the past few days because of the cancellation of the Hull Marathon, but there are still plenty of spaces in all events, and we’ve got enough in the kitty to cover the compulsory costs this year of chip timing, toilets, medals and medical support. So the event is definitely go-go-go!

We’ve spoken to the park about the necessary arrangements, and they’re happy as usual, and I’m just waiting for the final bits of paperwork to come through. Insurance is provided, as always, by a permit issued by the Association of Running Clubs, with whom we have registered the Maravan Festival as multi-terrain races.

Therefore, the only decisions left to be made is with regard to what we are putting in the goody bag. That’ll all depend on how much money we’ve got left after everything else has been paid, but I’m still hoping for crisps, chocolate and a drink of some sort, and I’m sure there’ll be some decent beer sitting around somewhere.

In other news, Maravan Mum, Norma, will be back in her traditional role. We’re trying to go cupless this year, but we’ll still have the usual spread of foods at the feeding station-cum-buffet. However, Sue Burton, who has ably assisted us over the years and has recently made the post-run welfare tent her own, is having a well-deserved break this year. If anyone fancies giving up a couple of days to support our runners with post run hot drinks, then please let us know, as you’ll be wonderfully welcome.

Darren’s off to Chicago next week to remind himself how big city marathons feel, but we’ll be back in touch with you on his return. Will he see any of you there?   

November is creeping up on us…

Hi folks, I hope everyone’s OK.


I’ve been keeping a respectful silence for the past couple of weeks, but rest assured, I’ve been working in the background putting together the less glamorous elements of Maravan weekend.


To that end, I’ve now confirmed our usual toilets, and full medical cover for the whole weekend. They’re easily overlooked, but as important as the medals, timing and food.


Medals have arrived from China, are sat in Lincoln just waiting for my final payment. I’m due a final meeting with the park soon, too.


On a personal note, I’m racing a couple of times in the next few weeks. Chicago at the beginning of October, and a little trot round Milton Keynes in very early November.


Unfortunately, these are taking up time that I would normally spend shopping for the event, so I’ll have to use some of the next couple of weeks getting some stuff together. We’ve got entries open until the end of October, but to avoid too much wastage it would really help if you could get entries in early.


As is my custom, I’ll keep you informed about the preparations between now and the big weekend.


See you all soon.


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