Sunday, January 10, 2016

Marathon Comms On 164.050

Whilst having a quick scan around today I came across someone on 164.0500 FM reading out numbers so I stopped and listened in for a minute and realised it was a team coordinating a marathon or run up in the Peak District not too far from my QTH. The radio operators were reading the numbers of the participants as they passed through checkpoints along the runs route.

I did a bit of Googling and found the race to be the Marsden to Edale Trigger Run. Here are the details of the run:
The Trigger Race will run for the fifth time on Sunday 10th January 2016. Entrants will navigate their way from Marsden over Black Hill, Bleaklow and Kinder to Edale visiting three trigs points on route. The linear route is measured at 20 miles with 4500 feet climb. The race is sponsored by www.MyRaceKit.com and all profits of the race will go to Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team. In 2015 we raised over £3200 for the team.
I assume Woodhead Mountain Rescue were on standby at the event due to the plummeting temperatures up in those hills. They might have even operated the radio comms for the run as the people on the radios were quite good operators. They did mention switching to a repeater but I couldn't catch the name of it and couldn't find it when scanning around.
Anyway, I thought it was quite interesting so I recorded it on the Icom 5100 and uploaded it to YouTube:

Thanks for reading!

73's, Lewis M3HHY.

Manchester, UK.