SALTMARSH 75 6th & 7th October 2018

THE SALTMARSH TEAM

We thought it would be good (in a slightly humorous way) if you knew who your core team members are for the amazing saltmarsh 75 event. This motley crew are the brains (I use that term loosely) behind the preparation, organisation and delivery of the Districts best coastal ultra-marathon.

Some of the team have been here from day 1 and are lucky enough to be one of the originators.

These 2 pioneering individuals are none other than Ben Brown and Alexis Brown (no relation and not married…although Alexis certainly does enjoy bossing Ben around at times like most wives!)

Ben is Mr Saltmarsh although he is yet to complete the full event (made it to CP9 in 2017). Previous to participating Ben has been the Race Director, that means Big Boss Ben has to make all the key decisions regarding event H&S, participant safety and has responsibility on his shoulders for the whole event. Sounds like a lot of pressure, hence why Ben decided to participate last year as he believed this would be easier…..a regretful decision?!?

Over the years Alexis has ensured that all participants and volunteers out on the course are safely accounted for and manages communications and the HQ’s for the event. You are in safe hands with Alexis as she will certainly track you down if you have not been recorded at course checkpoints (as a group of participants found out one year when they retired between checkpoints to have a beer and watch rugby….naughty!)

Next up is Richard Heard and David Burnham (Little & Large). Richard has been out and about during his Saltmarsh career and experienced operating checkpoints along with logistics and often ferrying people about. 2017 was a big year for Richard as he took on the role of race director from Ben. We hoped that this new role would prevent Richard from driving any more Saltmarsh vehicles due to the mysterious damage his vehicle sustained in 2016. To this day Richard still has no recollection of how this damage was caused and denies all knowledge??

David is one of the key event organisers throughout the year and often bosses the logistics. On the event weekend he can often be spotted speeding around transporting checkpoint equipment and participant items away in a van….when he leaves we all have our fingers crossed that he is not heading to the nearest car boot sale! David is also trusted to transport checkpoint refreshments and foods, again we slightly worry that somewhere in the District Dave may well park up and have the picnic of his dreams.

Jack Ellum and Matt Wilson are the next components to the well-oiled Saltmarsh machine. Jack has now completed a sentence of 3 saltmarsh years in a combination of roles and is definitely our ‘techie guy’. Jack is like our version of the ‘Doc’ from the Back to the Future films as he is always making contraptions and really cool gadgets for us to use. His finest saltmarsh creation today is the novelty finish photo machine called the ‘clapper snapper’.

Matt has turned his hand to a variety of roles during the weekend events and can often be seen gliding across the course as a sweeper / gazelle and then operating checkpoints amongst other items. Matt is an important part of the planning team during the year and helps make the event safe and accessible due to his contacts at the local land agencies who now recognise his number and get a cold sweat.

Sarah Nash is one of the newest core members and is the Saltmarsh Mummy, Sarah thinks of some of the great details that goes into ensuring that we offer a brilliant event, especially at the finishes and in the kitchen (which pleases David a lot!). As well as being a key organiser throughout the year Sarah puts in marathon shifts in the kitchens during the event to ensure all participants are feed, watered and importantly have a big smile on their face!

Rachel Jackson is the new recruit to the 2018 core team. As a previous entrant who completed the full 75 miles in 2017 (did you hear that Ben??), she has decided to take on more of the event organisation with updating the website and creating a spreadsheet wherever possible.

Obviously, the saltmarsh team is much more that these individuals and includes other key people such as Nigel Harmer, Steve Krolzig and Alia Hamdan. Nigel and Steve aka the chuckle brothers play a huge part in the event logistics, set ups and take downs amongst other items and work tirelessly across the weekend. Alia is very much Sarah’s partner is crime at the finish lines and will often be found cremating 200 baked potatoes for participant (or David’s) consumption.

In all honesty there are many other people who help create the saltmarsh 75 and play a key part in the delivery and success of the event. All our volunteers do a truly great job and help make the event what it is today and we thank you all.