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Marshalling Budget Tripled 16 May 2006

The Isle of Man TT Marshals Association (IOMTTMA) together with the Department of Tourism and Leisure and the Manx Motor Cycle Club have been working hard over the winter on improvements in all areas of marshalling the TT Mountain Circuit.

This year the budget for marshalling on the Isle of Man has been tripled, which has seen many more training days being held than before, which has resulted in a large percentage increase of trained marshals taking their places on the circuit this May the 27th. This winter the IOMTTMA and its members have worked harder than ever, putting together a training DVD and attending numerous shows and rallies recruiting new members for the 2006 season.

Everyone involved with the TT and Manx Grand Prix Races from an organisational point of view appreciate the effort these unpaid volunteers put into the events, and this year efforts have been made to reward the commitment from the marshals.

All marshals signing on for TT 2006 will be automatically entered into a Prize Draw where amongst those items up for grabs are VIP Hospitality Tickets with Klaffi Honda, HM Plant Honda and Hawk Kawasaki, team clothing from Stobart Honda, Martin Bullock Raceteam, TAS Suzuki and Uel Duncan Racing and VIP packages from the North West 200 plus many other exclusive items.

The prizes will be drawn at the Marshals Supper at the Villa Marina on Mad Sunday at the Villa Marina. As part of the efforts to show how much they are valued all marshals are invited to the supper. Over 20 local businesses have donated local prizes, ranging from printers to bike gear, free ferry travel and Duke DVDís. The TT Marshalís prize draws will be held at the Supper and throughout race week. Radio TT will be announcing the winners.

In addition to this, in the signing on pack, marshals will receive vouchers for free tickets to the TT Chat Show and one of the TT Prize Presentations this year, which are redeemable during Practice Week at the IOMTTMA Headquarters for TT fortnight, behind the Grandstand.

Speaking on behalf of the IOMTTMA, Chief Marshal Roger Hurst commented:

"As an organisation, the IOMTTMA has gone through the most sustained period of change in its history and has come out the other side as a stronger and more professional body. The effort put in by our Directors and all of our members is a credit to road racing on the Isle of Man, and I am delighted we are now in a position to reward these hard working volunteers better than in the past. TT 2006 looks like being one of the most exciting ever both on the track and off, and on behalf of the IOMTTMA I would like to wish all competitors the best of luck for a safe and successful fortnight."

Chairman of the TT Co-Ordinating Committee David Cretney added:

"Quite simply the TT and MGP could not go ahead without the commitment from the hard working marshals. I am delighted that as a Department we have been able to invest into the IOMTTMA with an increase in funding and the fruits of that investment are there for all to see with the large increase in trained marshals ready to go later this month. We have done all we can working with the Association to ensure we give these volunteers as much in return for their time as we can, and hopefully with the Prize Draw and free tickets to key events through the fortnight we have achieved this and perhaps we can encourage new marshals to join up for the future."

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