2017 credits

A very big thank you to all the volunteers who helped with this year's Victoria Park Open 5 miles. Not only did Vicky Fabbri sort out the most amazing VPH & THAC-branded medals, she also led promotion of the event and was Chief Marshal on the day. Stanley Greening created our amazing posters and put together some great designs that you'll have to wait until next year to see. Major Carr was instrumental in liaising with the council, advising on being a Race Director, managing the backup timing team and stayed to the very end to tidy up. Susan Leese and David Wilkey organised and ran the fantastic refreshment stand, ably assisted by Naomi Bourne, with Susan also running the race. They also did loads of tidying up. Chairman David Robinson was there before anyone else and was last to leave, doing a million jobs in between, while also managing the bar refurbishment. Simeon Bennett set the course, liaised with the chip timers and provided lots of sage advice. Charlie Maling looked after the juniors and got them warmed up for the race. Baggage was diligently looked after by Vesa Lindberg, Faye Jeacocke, Mandy Dohren and Laura M, with Laura also staying to the very end to tidy up. Joyce Berry, Jordi MilĂ  Canals and Gemma Dunlop were the super-efficient Registrars, ably assisted by the photocopier-like skill of Naomi Bourne. Brenda Puech and Fab Lassonde were legendary Lead Bikes, doing enough figure-of-eight laps to make them dizzy. Out on the course were the magnificent marshals: Jo Singer, Ewan Cameron, Mick Cairns, Sue Bint, Martine Shareck, Tim Miller, Gary Bagnall, June Barrow-Green, Sophie Critchlow and Neil Cook. Ebolum Mordi set up the water and bananas at the finish. Glen Turnbull, Malcolm French and Tom Everitt were backup timing with Major, Malcolm also being the Race Adjudicator. Ian Warren, the club Finance Director, has made sure that all the bills get paid. Tony Payne, a.k.a. Toeknee Pain, was the official photographer (check out his photos). Andy Bevan from First Aid Cover was our great cycle response medic, and Craig, Martin and the team from The Race Organiser were our chip timers. Stacy and Son made our numbers and customademedals.co.uk made our medals.

We are also very grateful to Pure Active for sponsoring the 2017 race. Check out their pre-exercise formula at pureactive.co.uk/

Thanks also to the runners and spectators who made the journey to Victoria Park, both locals and those from further afield, particularly Morgan Woods and his parents who travelled from the south coast to take part in the junior wheelchair race as a warm up for the London Mini-Marathon. Good luck Morgan! Another special thank you goes to Kathleen Wenaden Mee, who sacrificed here own race to help a fellow competitor in need.

I hope that's everyone; if I missed you out please contact me.

Hopefully see you again next year!

Joe Feltham, Race Director

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