Underfoot conditions this weekend

We’re very grateful to Mike Wells, who has run a recce of the course this morning.

Lincolnshire’s a bit wet at the minute, and down on the fields in the flatlands there’s a lot of standing water.

Canals are useful things, though, and the banks of this canal are quite high.

Wet underfoot, but bearing up well, as these photos would attest.

The bottom two photos are the area where we were planning on having the aid station – a little bit squelchier, but nothing we can’t work with.

If it were me running, I’d wear road shoes, although probably not the ones I’ve still got sitting in a box in my wardrobe.

Thanks Mike, see you Saturday.

Proposed medal design for Marabank.

They’re working quickly there at Zerowaste medals!

They’ve sent me a proposed medal design, which I love! There’s a bit of artistic licence there – you can see the cathedral from the course, of course – it was the tallest structure the world had ever seen for a few hundred years – but it’s not that close!

The remit was “Lincoln” and “canal”, though, and I think it captures that perfectly.

Medal for Maravan 2024

Some good news about Marabank medals

Because we’ve had a flurry of late entries, we’ve managed to secure enough to get a bespoke medals order in, so assuming that I have got enough lead time to be able to get the design approved, you’ll all be having a bespoke, sustainable wooden medal from Zero Waste Medals, who’ve worked with various race organisers over the years.

We’ll share the design with you once we’ve signed it off!

I’ll therefore have to cap entries at exactly 75 over the whole weekend.

That means there are 11 places left for anyone who fancies a go at running anything between 3.8 and infinity miles alongside the beautiful Foss Dyke canal.

We’ll be taking good care of you!

So, I’ve got the van booked. I’m buying food over the next couple of weeks.

Most importantly, though, is that I’m delighted to announce that Norma has cleared her diary to join us all on the Foss Dyke at the end of the month.

As a result, I’ve booked a comfier van!

There are a handful of places left now, if anyone still fancies it. Run anywhere between 3.8 and infinity miles in a seven hour window for Norma’s hospitality, and a goody bag with probably some chocolate, some crisps and a medal with a mobile home on it.

Most importantly, if you’re chasing numbers for a marathon club, we’ve got two events on the same weekend, to get you two closer to that much coveted vest…

Medals

Hi folks.

In the interest of transparency, I need to put a post about medals for Marabank next month.

Like many events, we use a local company to manufacture our medals. They have a 12 week lead time, and a minimum order of 100, and they require payment in full on order.

Before Maravan, we were nowhere near 100 entrants to Marabank. In fact, we still aren’t. Only half that many, in fact.

The intention was, therefore, to use up our existing stock of “crest” medals for Marabank rather than ordering a bespoke 100. The crest medals are designed like the Vigilantes Maravan company logo, the badge used as the logo for this page. This is a less “event specific” medal as it doesn’t contain the image of a hulking great caravan on it.

Each medal would have a new ribbon for the Marabank event, so it would be a uniquely Marabank medal.

(If the event proves a success, we’ll make a special set of nesting medals for our next two events.)

We had a number of very late entries to Maravan in November, and therefore to ensure sufficient matching supply for each event, I dipped into the stock of “crest” medals, in the knowledge that I’d probably not need them all for Marabank.

So, anyway, I did a stock check this morning and found that I’m about a dozen “crest” medals short. The nature of the event means I’m not anticipating many no shows. I can’t order any more in time for the event.

So that leaves me with a conundrum. I have well over 100 medals with a caravan, Lincolnshire flag and Vigilantes logo on, but not enough that don’t scream “Caravan park”. Each medal will have a Marabank ribbon on.

I realise that some folk don’t cherish medals as much as others, so I’m going to give you a choice of which to take.

I thank you for your understanding.

Final details will be with you after this weekend!

It’s getting quite exciting now, we’re really looking forward to our favourite weekend of the year!

Long range weather forecast is looking acceptable – our biggest worry was frost, but it looks like we’ll be getting rain instead; it’s not like that something we haven’t had to deal with before.

Darren is going to make a lap of the course this weekend to set out arrows and double check that Haven haven’t put any caravans or fences up on the course (it’s happened before!). Once he’s checked all of those arrangements, then he’ll let you know the final details for the 25th and 26th; by email, on this website and on social media.

Excited?