Wernick Events supplied the London Marathon for the sixth year in 2016, providing 25 cabins at the start and finish lines and 230 chemical toilets along the course for both runners and spectators.
The London Marathon presented the Wernick team with an unique challenge, in that the deadlines were much tighter than at most events.
The facilities at the finish line were set up on the morning of the race from 6am. The events team needed everything in place and ready for the first runner to cross the finish line. The toilets were set up on the Saturday before the race, between 12 midday and 6pm. On the morning of the race, a two-man team checked every toilet from 3am onwards, making sure they were safe, clean and ready to go. These inspections were completed by 7am when the crowds began to arrive around the course. As soon as the final runner crossed the start line, the events team began clearing up cabins as quickly as possible to get the course cleared and the roads returned to normal for the Monday morning commuters.
Senior operations manager for the Marathon, Andrew Smith, said: “We’ve worked with Wernick for a number of years and they never fail to deliver. The events team always provide a friendly, efficient service, which is why we’ve returned to them again and again as suppliers.”
“It’s a busy weekend but the day of the marathon is full on. We’re working from morning until night getting everything ready and then cleared away again,” said Gavin Cook, Wernick’s site manager. “Thankfully I have an excellent team with me; everyone knows their jobs, and when we pull together, everything falls into place.”