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The Race Director’s review of the 2022 Riverbank Rollick

After 2021’s ‘virtual Rollick’, Sunday 16th January saw the radiant return of the infamous but highly regarded TRC Riverbank Rollick. For the most sadistic or masochistic amongst us the weather may have been a little too kind on the runners but some good rainfall in the preceding weeks meant that conditions underfoot were still enjoyably challenging. There were a few changes necessitated by covid precautions but even without copious quantities of coffee and cake, the essence of the Rollick was well and truly evident. A fantastic on the day turn out meant we had nearly 300 runners on the start line (and luckily a similar number of finishers) and almost all were applauding our cheerful army of Marshalls and the joy of being back out on the familiar trails. 

Amongst the merry finishers were some impressive TRC racers – all of whom dual hatted and carried out their marshalling or car parking duties before stripping off high vis tabards to emerge as fully fledged athletes just in time for the start.  It was fabulous to see a TRC man in the top 3 with Sean Leadbeater coming in 2nd in a time of 1.07.09. 1st senior lady across the line and 4th overall female was our own Taryn Roberts (1.16.31) , Julia Jolley (1.37.30) was also an impressive 4th in her category and 2nd claim Ali Vaz (1.26.20) was 4th FV40 – many congratulations to all.

As always however, the success of the event lies in the fantastic efforts of the vast army of TRC club members who pulled together once again to ensure the best experience for the participants . Over 90 Marshalls and helpers stood out in the cold to cheer and guide the runners round the course and look after them before and after the trails. Without exception the feedback from the runners was fantastic. I have no idea when our Rollick Marshalls started dressing up but I know it now makes our race one of the most memorable around and Mr Blobby is now as much part of the rollick as the riverbank itself. This year we had even inspired the runners to join in the fun and amongst a variety of outfits we saw our first crocodile and bag of French-fries making it around the course. The cheeriness and humour of the Marshalls was praised by so many on the day and since then in e-mails and postings on more media platforms than I even have access to!

So to all who helped out in any capacity at all a massive thank you – you truly made our first race in over a year a great success, enhancing the reputation of TRC and most importantly leaving 300 runners with big smiles, happy memories and very muddy legs.

Se you next year 🙂

Jo Emerson – Race Director.

TRC’s Riverbank Rollick tomorrow – final update

Hi all involved in the Rollick tomorrow,

There have been no last minute changes that you need to know about except for a slight course change on Moray Sloan’s section at about 2.5 miles involving Marshal points 11,12,13 & 14 . This change avoids a locked gate and a field full of sheep and now follows the public footpath through a stables yard close to position 11 (Ian Evans).

The latest Organisation schedule is here (V8) Rollick Race Day Org 2022 v8 pdf      Map here (not changed)

We have just over 300 entries tomorrow but with the usual drop outs we expect around 240 to actually run – start at 10.30 with leaders back in just about an hour. We have a ladies team of “Last Runners” so when they have passed by you can clear up and head back.

The weather looks kind tomorrow – it may rain overnight but there is minimal chance of rain after 10am tomorrow. 6 deg, cloudy and a light wind (7mph)

It would be good if everyone would consider doing a Lateral Flow Test for tomorrow. We have asked all the runners to consider doing one as well. We will do what we can to keep everyone safe – face masks, gloves and hand sanitizer and social distancing – and we won’t be having any sort of party (work related or not) afterwards!

As a thank you to all the Marshals and helpers you can pick up one of the specially commissioned ‘Riverbank Rollick’ buffs from the finish area or at Club next Thursday or by contacting Jo Plumbley directly.

Any last minute issues contact Jo Plumbley (07860 623312) or Arthur Renshaw (07810 300025)

Thanks again and have a safe and enjoyable day tomorrow.

15/01/22

Riverbank Rollick 16 January 2022 – Marshals update – 03/01/22

Hi All,

Thanks to everyone who has responded, we are now only one person short to help with our race on Sunday 16th Jan.

See the updated attached schedule of who is doing what on the 16th. There are quite a lot of changes in Version 4 and some people are down for two or more jobs. Rollick Race Day Org 2022 v4 pdf  The position highlighted in purple is the one we are still missing. The one’s highlighted in yellow are helpers who have not done it before. All others not highlighted have done it in previous years and should know what to do.

The Course Marshals are divided into 6 groups each under the control of a Team Leader who marks out their section of the course and look after their group of Marshals. The Team Leaders will have a full list of their Team members telephone numbers & e-mail addresses. In total we require 51 course Marshals plus 9 others to lead the runners from the Castle School to the Start on the Pithay.

It has been tradition in recent years that the Course Marshals wear fancy dress and it looks like that tradition will be carried on this year!

See the points marked on the attached map marked 1-51.

Hopefully the schedule is now fixed but I will send out one last update next week.  If you are on the list and for some reason now can’t do it please let me know asap and it would be very helpful if you could find someone to replace you.

Thanks

Arthur Renshaw

arthur@arenshaw.co.uk

07810 300025

Riverbank Rollick 16 January 2022 – urgent call for helpers-2

Hi Everyone again,

Thanks to everyone who responded to my call yesterday. We now need just 9 more people to help with our race on Sunday 16th Jan.

See the updated attached schedule of who is doing what so far on the 16th. There are quite a lot of changes in Version 2. The positions highlighted in purple are the one’s we are still missing. The one’s highlighted in yellow are helpers who have not done it before. All others not highlighted have done it in previous years and should know what to do. Rollick Race Day Org 2022 v3pdf

The Course Marshals are divided into 6 groups each under the control of a Team Leader who marks out their section of the course and look after their group of Marshals. In total we require 51 course Marshals plus 9 others to lead the runners from the Castle School to the Start on the Pithay.

See the points marked on the attached map marked 1-51.

I will be sending out updates over the next 14 days or so but if you are prepared to help and you are not on the list then please let me know – by text, e-mail or voice call.

If you are on the list and for some reason now can’t do it also please let me know asap.

Thanks

Arthur Renshaw

arthur@arenshaw.co.uk

07810 300025

Riverbank Rollick 16 January 2022 – urgent call for helpers.

Hi Everyone,

We still need 21 more people to help with our race on Sunday 16th Jan.

See the attached schedule of who is doing what so far on the 16th.  The positions highlighted in purple are the one’s we are missing. The one’s highlighted in yellow are helpers who have not done it before. All others not highlighted have done it in previous years and should know what to do. Rollick Race Day Org 2022 v2 pdf

The Course Marshals are divided into 6 groups each under the control of a Team Leader who marks out their section of the course and look after their group of Marshals.In total we require 51 course Marshals plus 9 others to lead the runners from the Castle School to the Start on the Pithay.

See the points marked on the attached map marked 1-51.

See attached for some guidance notes for all Marshals and helpers. Marshalls Notes 2022pdf

I will be sending out updates over the next 14 days or so but if you are prepared to help and you are not on the list then please let me know – by text, e-mail or voice call.

IF you are on the list and for some reason now can’t do it also please let me know asap.

Thanks

Arthur Renshaw

arthur@arenshaw.co.uk

07810 300025