Volunteers play such a vital role

IT WILL be reported elsewhere in this edition that the Eastbourne Hospitality Association Half Marathon was a resounding success again this year.

This is the seventh time it has been run and the event has built gradually over that time, so that when we reached a field of 1,000 entrants we thought we were doing well.

This year an extra push was made to promote the event through the marketing efforts of some of the bigger charities that have benefited, by Eastbourne Borough Council, by the Herald and by Sovereign Radio.

We all were delighted to see a 40 per cent increase in entries which resulted.

But many people will not appreciate that to run an event on this scale requires the assistance of many volunteers, most of whom the organisers do not even see or know!

We have marshals on the road closures and helpers at the drinks stations, there are motorcycle outriders, cycle pathfinders and members of the St John Ambulance.

There are volunteers running the radio communications, others signing on the runners and more are involved in staging the runners warm up.

People are asked for assistance on the day to help with moving things, with giving out medals and finally tidying everything away.

There are about 120 people each year who give up their time to put on this curtain raiser to the Eastbourne season.

They do it with a smile, all glad to join in.

Another group of people we need to recognise is all the sponsors.

There are too many to list here, and the variety of goods and services they provide is wide.

Each and every one of their contributions is gratefully received.

We have thanked the helpers we do know, or will when we next meet them but to those who we don’t, many thanks for coming along - you don’t know how much it is appreciated - and we very much hope you will come back next year!

Mike Reid

Reid+Dean

Chartered Surveyors

& Estate Agents

South Street