Logistics excellence for London marathon Sunday April 24

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Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge wins the London Marathon (2hrs 3mins 5secs) started in outer space by British astronaut Tim Peake as TNT were firmly on the roads to showcase of logistics excellence as the millionth runner sets to cross the line.

200 tonnes of drinks, more than a million drinks bottles, finishers packs & medals.

All done while London is full and the roads are closed !

A marathon effort swung into action behind the scenes to support Race Day for Virgin London Marathon.

Ben Cox - Senior Contract Manager - TNT UK, describes the mammoth effort that goes into preparing for Race Day.

Our team at TNT is already working round the clock to ensure everything is ready, whether it’s the bottle of water runners reach for at the mile markers, the revitalising supplies handed to runners as they cross the line, or the finisher medal around their neck that makes it all worthwhile.



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An incredible 1.25 million bottles of water and Lucozade are stockpiled in a warehouse on the Kent coast. That’s over 200 tonnes of drinks forklift operators are stacking to the rafters. In the early hours of Race Day, TNT fleet of vehicles will converge on London in an operation requiring military-style precision, moving every single bottle out of the warehouse and on to the course some 50 miles away.

It’s a race for TNT too as they have a narrow window of just 90 minutes to get all 26 on-course feed stations set up, the drinks in situ and vehicles out of the way. It’s a well-drilled relay team that achieves this, with 25 people involved in the warehouse operations and more than 80 helping with the delivery operation on Race Day. Or maybe it’s more like a decathlon? For TNT, the marathon is a multi-discipline event. At another warehouse, TNT are already collating more than 738,000 individual items - from nutritional bars to foil blankets, energy restoring drinks to those much sought after finisher's medals. Over 37,000 finisher bags are being prepared.

Last modified on Sunday, 24 April 2016 19:02