The Fast and the Flawless

Tuesday 07 May, 2019

By Field & Lawn

The Field and Lawn team loves a marathon.

Though this may not mean pounding the tarmac in our best running shoes, it does mean supplying marquees for a variety of purposes. The team undertook work at two recent marathons – Brighton and London.

The Brighton Marathon Weekend is an exciting three-day event that takes places each April in beautiful Brighton. Over 18,000 participants and over 150,000 spectators line the streets to show their support, making it the second largest marathon in the UK.

With supplementary events running alongside it including a 10K race, a 50km bike ride as well as kids and teens mini miles races, marquees were needed all over the city. In total 70 marquees were built, totaling 5,339 sqm of coverage.

The heart of the build was the Event Village where a majority of the marquee tents were constructed. Located next to the finish line, the village is a free-to-enter area where race packs are collected, pre and post-race massages can be received, talks by experts are given, big screens show the race and bars, food and retail are all available. A great place to soak up the atmosphere.

This area is especially challenging to build a marquee structure on as not only does the trackway have to be built on the pebbled beach but also the famous Volks railway runs the entire length of the Village. This means access to the site is restricted and can only be achieved before 9.30am and after 5.30pm. With 21 artic lorries required for the build alone, you can imagine the planning and logistics required for such a job. We sent 22 of our best team members to the site for the six-day build and four-day strike and when asked for feedback, the client summed it up in one word – “immaculate”.

The challenge of the London Marathon takes on a different form – SPEED. Our crews must arrive on site at 6am and complete the build by 6pm. It’s a long day and one we share between the Bristol and Manchester branches as there’s so much to build in such a short amount of time. Marquees go up all the way along the Mall and on the Horse Guard’s Parade. The crews only stop for breakfast and at 11.30am for the changing of the guard.

The break is just as challenging as it starts as soon after the last runner crosses the line. The 10 marquees must be down and cleared in under five hours to help get London back together and operational for Monday morning. No small feat!

And the final challenge - the pollen! The Mall is lined with trees that emit the most incredible amount of pollen and with the help of some significant gusts of wind, this pollen was thrown around all day making the build extra interesting. However, being a part of this incredibly well organised event has always been a proud moment of our year and we can handle a little pollen for that.

Field and Lawn has the expertise and capacity to deal with some of the biggest mass participation events in the country so if you’re looking for structures to make your event a success then get in touch with your local branch now.