Oct Saturday 3 2015
Today for the seventh year running, the team provided standby rescue cover for this years Rivington Trail Half Marathon event.
Organised by 2:09 Events, the race enjoyed its seventh year in Rivington, with the route starting at Rivington & Blackrod School, and heading north to the White Coppice area, and then returning to Rivington via the Rivington Reservoir system.
This year the team concentrated as we have done since 2012, on providing standby rescue cover, rather than also undertaking some marshal duties as in the first three years of our involvement with this event.
Eighteen team Call Out list members attended to provide standby rescue cover, with members all around the course in four of our Land Rover Defender Mountain Rescue Ambulance vehicles.
In liaison with the event organisers, our presence today was co-ordinated from our Incident Control Vehicle, radio call sign ‘Bolton Mobile 6,’ by experienced team member Paul Brain, Trainee team member Steve James and our Team Leader Garry Rhodes MBE.
441 runners took part, with many new to the event, and a great many kindly personally thanking us at the race end for our presence today, and our work in the local community.
During the course of this years event, and not connected to the event, some team members assisted a male mountain biker, with some medication,with advice to visit hospital for further investigation.
The event concluded early mid afternoon, with members present kindly receiving from the organisers, as with all the competitors, and others helping with this very well organised event, a thermal shirt emblazoned with the Event name.
The team is pleased to be invited every year to help assist with this successful local event by 2:09 Events, with thanks to their Managing Director Mike Gratton of 2:09 Events Limited, of Farnborough, and we look forward to the possibility of an eighth event in October 2016 and the continuation of our involvement.