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Objectives of the event:
- To ensure the successful and safe completion by all competitors in the 2017 Humber Bridge Half Marathon and Fun Run
- To ensure safety and enjoyment of spectators
- To ensure the safety of other road users; and
- To guarantee future success of the event through excellent administration and organisation
This year, as last year, the Half Marathon will start at 09.00 and the Fun Run at 09.15, both from the usual starting place on Ferriby Road, Hessle. North Bank Marshals should therefore be in position by 08.30 to supervise both races. Car Parking Marshals are asked to be in position by 07.00am.
Please ensure you are aware of the route of the race (copy attached). Familiarise yourself with your location if you do not already know it. Ferriby Road, Barrow Lane, Heads Lane and Swanland Road will be closed along the route for the duration of the early stages of the races and ideally no traffic should enter the race route until all runners have passed safely through. All homes have been leafleted and public notices issued.
It is your responsibility to keep traffic stopped for as long as runners are passing that junction. You have no official powers to prevent the passage of traffic, although at some critical locations there are temporary road closures in place (see above). Please use your charm and persuasion as necessary. If motorists insist on proceeding onto roads which are officially closed i.e. if runners are still on the route, take the number of the vehicle and report it to the Chief Marshall or any other race official afterwards.
Safety of the runners, spectators and public is of paramount importance. Hull Rotary Club and the Humberside Police will support everyone acting in that interest. The Safety Officer is available for advice on any aspect of safety on 07802 872102.
If there are any special instructions relating to your location, these will be attached on a separate leaflet. Mobile marshals will be patrolling the route on motorcycles. A mobile marshal will visit you in your location before the start of the race and give you a high visibility tabard, if you have not received one beforehand from me. Please wear this throughout and return it at the end of the race to me or any race official at the finish line area.
If you have a mobile telephone, please bring it with you. The telephone number for Race Control is 07810 080906. These numbers should only be contacted in the event of an emergency. For non-urgent queries, you should attract the attention of a mobile marshal, who will be patrolling your section of The Rotary Club of Hull the course regularly. In addition, some marshals in key locations will be in direct radio contact with Race Control.
St. John’s Ambulance personnel will be located at regular intervals around the course. St. John’s Control Room number is 816043. Potential problems that may impact on competitor safety are regarded as an “emergency” and should be reported to Race Control immediately. In the event of a runner dropping out of the race through heat or any other emergency, please make a note of:
- their race number
- if they are conscious or not
- breathing or not
- what injuries they have
- an accurate location
- the approximate age and the gender of the runner
Then it needs to be passed to a mobile marshal or race control as soon as possible. St Johns Ambulance staff will be alerted to attend. If any of the runners appear in a distressed state but insist on continuing, advise them to stop and pass details to Race Control, or speak directly with the Safety Officer.
All runners have been instructed to keep to the left-hand side of the road and obey the instructions of marshals. In the event of an infringement, a note should be taken of the competitor’s number and the incident reported to Race Control at the conclusion of the event.
After all the runners have passed your position and it is safe to do so, you will be stood down by a mobile marshal, who will also take back your tabard if necessary. In the interests of safety, please wait in position until you receive this instruction. Some marshals near the beginning of the course will also a second position be allocated at the end. If so, it will be indicated in the e-mail accompanying this document. In certain cases marshals will receive an additional briefing by telephone.
We anticipate that the event will raise considerable sums for Downright Special and the many other charities supported by Rotary and individual runners. Thank you once again for agreeing to help these worthy causes.