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    Marshal's arm

    Does anyone know a good exercise regime to prevent fatigue and discomfort when standing for long periods with an arm extended horizontally to point runners in the right direction?
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    Turn 180 degrees and use the other arm!
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    Stick with an arrow on it. Cure the cause not the symptom.
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    Donít bother pointing - itís a fell race, they can go whichever way they want!

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    No, it wasn't a fell race, Navigator; it was parkrun. So, Llani Boy, it wouldn't seem in accord with the friendly traditions of parkrun to have my back turned on the runners half the time!

    Actually, I was posted to a rather interesting marshalling position yesterday. I was at a corner of the playing fields, where the runners come past after half a lap (about 0.5km) and then again after another lap (about 1.5km), when they turn off the playing fields. Then they return to the playing fields from a different direction about a bit more than 4km. So I had leaders lapping the stragglers on the first laps and having to be directed opposite ways; and then leaders returning from the north to be directed west at the same time as stragglers arriving from the south to be directed east.

    Anyway, I might ask the Run Director for an arrow on a stick (or maybe two!) if I volunteer again.
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    Ah, parkrun is different! Maybe you need a traditional shepherdís crook to rest your arm on!

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    Our local park run has signs - lap 1 this way, lap 2 the other etc. Then you just have to gesticulate appropriately for those who seem incapable of reading them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteS View Post
    Our local park run has signs - lap 1 this way, lap 2 the other etc. Then you just have to gesticulate appropriately for those who seem incapable of reading them.

    Hmm, gesticulate appropriately

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