It occurred to me, while I was telling the tale at work today, that only a couple of you know how I got into this whole working-on-events thing.

Back in my serious running days, I saw an advertisement for the South Downs Way Race, and thought it might be a fun thing to try. This event was exactly what it said on the tin: competitors started at the Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Petersfield (which used to be the start of the South Downs Way, in those days) on Saturday morning, and finished in Eastbourne, 80 miles away, anything up to 27 hours later.

After a couple of years taking part, I came to my senses and realised that it wasn’t such a fun thing to take part in, and contacted the organiser to offer to help instead. The first year I helped with the start, and took on more year by year until I ended up as Assistant Race Director – a job that involved being on the go from 6:00 AM Saturday until midday Sunday – and then driving home!

Event communications was provided by Raynet, and I got to know some of the Raynet people pretty well. What they did looked like fun and I hadn’t learned from previous experiences so I joined them.

And the rest, as they say, is history. Sadly the South Downs Race is also history, but it was fun while it lasted. And that’s why I’m a radio ham, why I’m in Raynet, and why I like the big, long, hard working events so much.

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