SAAB SALOMON Trail Running Series 2009, Rivington Trail Half Marathon

Today the team provided full standby rescue cover and assisted with the marshall provision for the SAAB SALOMON Trail Running Series 2009, Rivington Trail Half Marathon event.

This event held for the first time in the Rivington area, in association with 2:09 Events, has involved the team in planning for its participation since February of this year.

We were first approached by 2:09 Events requesting our involvement through a local runner who was aware of the team, and how we can provide standby cover on events of this nature.

A number of routes had been planned and investigated before the final Trail Half Marathon route was settled upon, taking in the slopes of Rivington Pike and then heading north alongside the Rivington Reservoir chain to White Coppice before returning to Rivington.

279 Senior entrants took part in the event commencing at 10.00hrs with two junior entrants in an event which started at 10.30hrs.

23x Call Out list members, 3x Support Group members and two team supporters provided our participation, with members meeting for the 08.30hrs event briefing, and with all entrants having completed the event by 13.00hrs.

A small number of minor injuries were dealt with alongside one competitor who required being taken to hospital, (see Incident 71-2009)

The team would like to thank Jackie Waterman of 2:09 Events and team friend Andy Staveley of Rivington for their co operation with the team over the planning of this event.

Special thanks to team friend Carl Silver who accompanied the team thoughout this event to provide a photographic record of our involvement, a selection of his photos are shown below.

Start finish after the storm of runners have left…..

,,,it’s lonely being a Marshal….

….running through the village of Rivington…

…. Bolton Mobile 1 escorts the last 2 runners through the finish line.