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Baggage Handlers extraordinaire!

Mike Hay reports...

A merry (well, sort-off) band of York Rotary members, Friends of Rotary, and other acquaintances assembled on a pretty damp Sunday morning on the Knavesmire on August 1st to again look after the “left luggage” for some 3000 runners in the Jane Tomlinson 10K Charity run. Since many of the team involved had assisted on a number of occasions previously, it would be true to say that a “well-drilled team sprang into action”.

I was told that past experience had shown that the key to success was to store the luggage in strict numerical order - failure to do this could lead to long queues and unhappy participants.

As the morning progressed and the weather happily improved, the care taken with storage clearly paid off as the runners returned, some looking as fresh as if they had just taken a gentle stroll and others clearly suffering from the (perhaps unaccustomed?) exercise.

In many cases we were able to spot the entry number on the returning runner, and such were our slick handling skills that we managed to have the bag(s) available before the runner actually reached us. Impressive Rotarian efficiency!

So, job well done, £300 for the Club Charity Fund, and very positive feedback from the event organisers. We have been asked if we will be available to help with a similar (but longer) exercise for the full Marathon on October 17th.

A confession: although I have taken over the organisation of the event from Brian Joscelyne (who as you know is now masterminding Dragon Boats), I haven’t been involved in the Knavesmire event before; my vague, muttered suggestions during the morning were quite sensibly ignored by most present.

I’ll know what I’m doing next time; my grateful thanks to all the volunteers for their excellent support, flexibility and expertise!

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