Welcome to the 2016 Great Ouse Marathon
Well, last year’s race exceeded all our expectations – 160 crews took part. That was up over 60% on the previous year, and created a critical mass such that we were able to offer 26 boat / crew categories with “3 or more in a category” to race for pots!
Comments from last year’s competitors makes us think we might have even greater interest this year. However, old hands will know that the start is in a rural area with narrow roads, and the critical factor is car parking at the start. We don’t want this to become a problem which restricts the race in future years, so a couple of thoughts from the race organisers to help manage it:
- We haven’t put a limit on the number of entries, but will monitor number and type of entries (managing 160 single sculls would present a different challenge to 160 eights); and we may have to close entries early if numbers surge again in 2016. So – to avoid disappointment, please get your entry in early, particularly large boats and clubs with multiple crews.
- We are exploring extra / alternative parking with a local landowner, and will send out detailed arrangements nearer the time. But – please take careful note of arrangements when you get them, and help us avoid any problems with the local community. Also please give yourself a bit extra time at the start to allow for this.
We look forward to welcoming old friends and new crews on 4 September. For all the latest news sign up to our mailing list below and follow us on twitter @ioerc
The Race Organising Committee