Wednesday, May 7, 2014

News: Rotherham firms' marathon efforts


Two Rotherham firms have helped thousands of runners stay the course at two of the world's top marathons.

Fencing made by ZND UK was recently used at the 2014 Boston Marathon, the world's oldest annually contested marathon.

ZND are specialists in the design and manufacture of temporary fencing for crowd containment purposes. Their facility on Barbot Hall industrial estate manufactures more than 17,500 meters of temporary fencing per day.

35,755 runners took part in the event that was held on Patriots' Day on a course which spans 26.2 miles through the Boston area.

A spokesperson for ZND, said: "We are very proud to be part of such a successful event and hope our relationship with the marathon continues into the future."

Another Rotherham firm, Kiveton Park's Events Solutions, transported almost 15,000 metres of fencing and barrier to the capital on April 13 to create start and finish lines at the London Marathon.

Events Solutions provides crowd control and barrier systems for public gatherings of all sizes, from village fetes to film premieres, concerts, festivals and major sporting events.

A total of 3,650 metres of pedestrian barrier and 2,150 metres of heras fencing was used to segregate the crowd and runners at the marathon's starting point in Black Heath. Working with local firm, Capital Barriers, Events Solutions supplied a further 3,400 metres of pedestrian barrier and 5,500 metres of heras fencing for the finish on The Mall.

Once all of the runners have crossed the line and the crowds departed, the barrier was dismantled and some of it erected again outside the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in time for the Olivier Awards the same evening.
The firm, which underwent a management buyout last year, has invested in another Mercedes Actros tractor unit and 220m of aluminium touring barrier that makes them one of the country's largest stock holders of front of stage barrier.

The firm has seen an increasing demand from the producers of film premiers and concerts. Recent events include the Mandella film premiere, JLS' fairwell tour and for the 10th year running, Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations.

ZND website
Events Solutions website

Images: ZND / Events Solutions


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