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Magpie
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« Reply #105 on: September 10, 2014, 04:07:15 PM »

Thanks Dragonman
I certainly will be emailing RBWM with my support for this excellent community event and urging them to continue supporting it in its current format and route.
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Dragonman
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« Reply #106 on: September 10, 2014, 05:09:50 PM »

To quote our local Bard: "Methinks our Magpie is a Maidenhead Towniepie!"
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Merlin
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« Reply #107 on: September 10, 2014, 05:21:22 PM »

I daresay this wont close the matter but I was one of those jobworths and proud of it, albeit in Orange not yellow.   There were two motorcycling marshalls on duty and one of their jobs were to escort residents out through the road closures but I suppose the resident mentioned above was too impatient to wait.   Personally I engaged with the duty manager at Moor Hall to allow his guests to leave before the roads were officially re-opened when there was a big enough gap in the runners, but equally I reported two cars for driving dangerously through the runners and stopped some others from doing likewise.

Did being a jobs-worth in your orange vest, controlling traffic, reporting cars and being charitable to Moor Hall
residents make you feel REALLY REALLY important?!

Your insensitive comment (highlighted above) confirms my low opinions about "jobs-worths in orange/yellow jackets" anyway!

I will assume that no one told my friends' mother not to be seriously ill as the roads would be closed to her daughter
 for a gap to develop between groups of joggers ...  (Read my mail - NO JOGGERS WERE IN SIGHT) and that an officious
jobs-worth would hold up her impatient daughter!!  Your words, not mine.

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Gazzetta
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« Reply #108 on: September 10, 2014, 05:52:17 PM »

So the condition has deteriorated from ailing to seriously ill?
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Merlin
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« Reply #109 on: September 10, 2014, 08:03:46 PM »

Ah .... silly me!

There's obviously a difference when it comes to old people who are ailing, which I clearly overlooked.

Precisely my point about jobs-worth's ...
Love the uniform and the strutting about looking (and acting) important ... but a tad blinkered and
overwhelmingly obdurate.

I'm done here.
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wannabe
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« Reply #110 on: September 11, 2014, 11:09:08 AM »

Just a little point but only Police and Traffic wardens (and I assume road workers with stop/go boards are allowed to direct traffic)
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Paris
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« Reply #111 on: September 11, 2014, 02:44:14 PM »

It's amazing what powers a Hi-Vis vest can impart to a person . . .
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localmum
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« Reply #112 on: September 11, 2014, 06:52:22 PM »

What distressed me (in my bright yellow binbag) at my marshal point was not any drivers during the best part of the race, but the ones who clearly decided that once 12:00 had arrived they would drive down the Maidenhead road at 50mph regardless of the fact that there were still runners in the road - such as the chap collectiong for Ebola charities who was therefore slower than the expected time.  They could just as easily have gone down the Switchback, but obviously felt that as the official closure was over they were practically obligated to drive down there as fast as possible, with as little regard for safty as possible.  The one exception to this was the lovely lady who lived at the halfway houses (and was therefore totally cut off) who still offered to walk back to her house rather than put anyone at risk.  I was worried for the Cookham runners who I saw walking back up the route after they finished their race clearing any litter they found as they went.

From what I saw it was a well supported and fun event as usual.
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Gazzetta
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« Reply #113 on: September 11, 2014, 08:44:56 PM »

Just a little point but only Police and Traffic wardens (and I assume road workers with stop/go boards are allowed to direct traffic)
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Is that genuinely true ??
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wannabe
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« Reply #114 on: September 12, 2014, 11:03:58 AM »

Also  VOSA officers,  Highways Agency Traffic Officers and in Hampshire ...."The public have no lawful powers to direct traffic at planned events. However, Hampshire Constabulary have a scheme event organisers may obtain accreditation for their staff. Accredited staff can then direct traffic on the public highway in strict accordance with the traffic management plan for that event. Please contact Hampshire Constabulary for futher information (at present they do not have a web page about the scheme):
As far as I'm aware TVP don't have such a scheme.

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wannabe
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« Reply #115 on: September 12, 2014, 11:09:19 AM »

http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/9990681.WALTHAM_ABBEY__Teen_hero_directs_traffic_for_90_minutes_after_lights_break/

So it looks like it's not an offence for a person not authorised to direct traffic but you don't commit an offence of not obeying their signals. Bearing in mind of course that they might just be trying to stop you ploughing in to an accident just round the bend...
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Gazzetta
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« Reply #116 on: September 12, 2014, 02:09:36 PM »

So if somebody drives on a closed road are they not breaking the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984?
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wannabe
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« Reply #117 on: September 12, 2014, 07:55:03 PM »

Not too sure I said that anywhere and I wouldn't advocate it either.
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kingfisher
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« Reply #118 on: September 15, 2014, 06:16:19 AM »

Hey Gazzetta, i bet you're the 6'' 4, built like a brick outhouse sort, the type who ejects young kids from football matches for shouting, 'because you can'......
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Gazzetta
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« Reply #119 on: September 15, 2014, 11:12:17 AM »

Nooooo.  6 foot 1 and he deserved it.
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