Goodwood Roller Marathon 2011 was a year to break all records! But luckily not the record of a fab day with great weather all in the aid of charity :-)
1298 people registered for Goodwood Roller Marathon 2011 with a staggering 72% having never attended Goodwood before. The increase in Roller Derby in the UK was evident with over 59% of the participants being female and 53% of the participants on Quads overtaking only 42% on inlines. 726 registered for the Full Marathon - only 70 less than attended our whole event in 2010!
The distances were kept the same as the previous 3 years - if it ain't broke don't fix it (Mini, Midi, Full and Mega) and although a new pricing structure and registration system was introduced the prices remained at the same level. The Wheelchair race was also back with 7 participants starting at 2pm.
The main change to Goodwood 2011 was the introduction of Track Marshals following feedback last year of safety concerns. As always with something new there is room for improvement but overall the system seemed to work.
Although there was a massive increase in numbers from 2010 we also had to contend with the fact that costs this years were higher due to these increased numbers, the new registration systems and the VAT increase. This however didn't have too much affect on the overall totals. Our calculations suggest the following money was raised for the NSPCC and other charities.
Total for the NSPCC: £22,904.21
Total raised for other charities: £45,315.24
Grand total for all charities and GiftAid: £77,531.09
We would like to thank everyone that took part, helped with the organisations before, during and after the event and everyone who got sponsored. Without you all this event would not have become what it has and we would never have been able to raise money for good cause.
This year we were very privileged that the Camberley Skaters (the organisers of this event) have been recognised and awarded as NSPCC Champions - an elite group of fundraisers for the NSPCC recognised for the immense contribution to the cause. Over the last 6 years we have raised £62,669.22 for the NSPCC, a fact we are very very proud of.