Wednesday November 9th 2011
Wake up in a cold sweat. Had a terrible dream that I volunteered last night to be Race Director for the 2012 Eccup 10. Reassure myself that I wouldn’t do such a stupid thing. Go back to sleep.
Tuesday November 22nd 2011
Meet Alex in the bar. He’s talking to me as if I was next year’s Race Director. Which is funny because I dreamt this was the case two weeks ago.
Thursday December 1st 2011
Seems I am Race Director. Write letters to a pub, a golf club, a church, a farm, a donkey and a dog to tell them this fact. They don’t reply. Is this what is meant by “living the dream”?
Wednesday December 7th 2011
A race needs a licence more than a fish needs a bicycle. I apply for a licence and return the Brompton to Halfords; Goldie could never get his fins around the folding mechanism.
Thursday 12th January 2012
Start to work my way through the list of people who need to know about the race: fire service, ambulance (in the air and on the ground), a brace of police, assorted councillors, highway engineers and the like. At the same time I find myself climbing the very steep learning curve that is the world of road closures, race prizes, insurance, risk assessments and chemical toilets. It’s the glamour that attracted me to the job.
Tuesday 7th February 2012
Catwoman and Comedy Jim have sourced some cheap technical t-shirts. In Stella McCartney’s absence, Comedy Jim has done the design. The back is emblazoned with our name, a fact that some other running clubs in Leeds are to complain about after the event since they object to advertising Abbey Runners when they wear their free t-shirt, which is a bit like Mary Whitehouse complaining about sex on TV…no one made you watch it Mary! But I’m glad I stopped him at “Abbey Runners” and deleted “probably the best running club in the world.”
Friday 30th March 2012
Jobs to do today:
- Write a risk assessment for St Johns Ambulance
- Write a risk assessment for Yorkshire Water
- Risk a rite assessment for Bishop of Ripon and Leeds (he’s in town on race day!)
- Right a wrong assessment for entry forms, water cups and safety pins
Monday 14th May 2012
Invite lovely Abbeys to stand up for Eccup. Lots do. Which is nice.
Friday 29th June 2012
Give all the lovely, fluffy Abbeys their assignments for race day. All accept their lot with minimal fuss. This is too easy.
Monday 2nd July 2012
Write letters to all the residents affected by the race, stressing the money we raise for charity and what a curmudgeon they would be to complain about the inconvenience. Dispatch two of our most senior and friendly looking vets (Uncle Peter and Grandpa Ward) to deliver said letters. Two curmudgeons ring me up to complain about the inconvenience. I decide to reroute the race through their front gardens, but fail to complete the necessary risk assessment in time for race day.
Monday 9th July 2012
Jobs to do this week:
- Collect finishing arch from Up & Running
- Collect reservoir gate keys from Yorkshire Water
- Tour the course by car
- Run the course by foot
- Perform a sun dance to counter the rain dance Prince Philip did on the Royal Barge that resulted in six weeks of rain
- Mop up all the water on the paddy field formerly known as Bedquilts. We can’t be losing cars in the Adel marshes.
- Ask lovely, fluffy, sexy Abbeys for cake
Thursday 12th July 2012
Spend far too long discussing chemical toilets. That’s 1 hour and 17 minutes of my life I will never get back.
Sunday 15th July 2012 – race day
Seemed to go quite well. The sun shone. No cars sank. People found the toilets. Cakes got eaten. Only hiccough was having to disqualify 631 runners for a false start. Runners’ World reviews were positive about marshals, t-shirts and cake:
Well organised. Good route. Well marshalled. Good value for money with a tech tee shirt and lots of homemade goodies!
Good marshalling, water stations and crowds. One of those races where everything is so smooth you don’t even notice the organisation. Cakes available for spectators and a cricket pitch for my daughter to run around on. Fantastic.
Fantastic organisation. Beautiful around the reservoir and fantastic quality shirts awarded at the end. A highly recommended race, see you next year!
A superbly organised race. Lovely route, plentiful undulations, and great marshals.
A real gem of a race this. Race organisation was impeccable – no traffic, loads of marshals, 3 water stations, a very nice technical T-Shirt, plentiful parking.
I might do this again.