ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH, 14 April 2008 - CEVA Newsfast, part of CEVA Logistics - one of the leading supply chain companies in the world - has again taken responsibility for the London Marathon kitbag operation. The operation has already been managed by the company for the past 15 years.
Yesterday, more than 40 CEVA Newsfast vehicles lined up at the start of the course at Blackheath and Greenwich so that the 35,000 competitors could hand over their tracksuits and day clothes to the experienced CEVA Newsfast team. Twenty-six miles and 385 yards later, the runners collected their clothes (packed by CEVA in numbered kit bags matching their competitor numbers) from the vehicles in The Mall.
The CEVA vehicles travelled across London in convoy, accompanied by a police escort. David Bermingham, Managing Director CEVA Newsfast, says "The marathon operation is a smart solution which takes a significant amount of planning. It is a huge challenge to make sure that the tens of thousands of competitors are reunited with their clothes and personal belongings, but our team have the operation down to a fine art."
The vehicles arrived in Blackheath and Greenwich, the two starting points for the Marathon, at 6am and left about 10am to arrive in The Mall by 11am. The last vehicles left the Mall at 5pm to return to their depots. The vehicles were then utilised through the night to deliver the nation's newspapers - containing all the coverage about the event.
CEVA Newsfast is the market leader in transporting all the UK's newspapers from the printers to the wholesalers. It carries more than 100 million newspapers a year and also makes more than 1,000 wholesale magazine deliveries every week, for 1,300 different titles. Its other business includes delivering stationery, packaging, books (including the Harry Potter launches), mail and FMCG products.
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