Runbase was set up in 2014 by two runners, Paul Bond and Gavin Stephens, with the intention of providing friendly and professional management and equipment to the racing events that they both enjoy so much.
They have managed and supported full and half marathons in their local areas of Brighton and Hove, and to several events across the UK such as the Royal Berkshire 10k, Oxford Half Marathon, Hackney Half Marathon and Nottingham Half Marathon. They also offer their equipment for rental to other organisers events.
We were approached in january 2016 by Paul Bond of Runbase Events management to quote on a truss based race gantry system for their own organised events and for hire purposes.
Runbase had already approached several companies for prices, so Stage Concepts went about our own quotation from the way that we approach all new customers and jobs, which is to find out their requirements and intended usage, then offer them several available options.
Budget is always important, and Runbase had a figure in place that had been roughly met by their previous quotations, though very vaguely it seemed, with just a final figure being provided with no real specifics.
At Stage Concepts we pride ourselves on being transparent and thorough, so all our truss based jobs will come with a complete parts cost breakdown, and a 3D Cad render of the finished design to allow the client to visualise exactly what it is they will be receiving. This part of the process is extremely beneficial to both the customer and ourselves during the quoting stage as it allows potential problems and miscalculations by the customer to become apparent if they have supplied dimensions or especially if they have ordered parts online, and also allows us to offer variations of design and structure on the same overall dimensions.
Happy to proceed with an order, the system had requirements for banner displays, a timing clock and PA mounting. The chosen system was a larger truss bridge package, featuring side and top banner display areas, and large ‘dual pontoon’ truss sections as feet.
It’s the classic marathon archway, with this particular build having internal dimensions of 5.5 metres (18ft) width and 2.5 metre (8ft 2in) height. Classic looking being both imposing and attractive too in its own unique way, the system offers all of the functionality and robust longevity required for outdoor rental purposes.
Obviously being truss based, this large structure can then be downsized for smaller jobs and configured in a multitude of layouts, for example the side banner pieces and second pontoon sections can be left off, giving a structure with the same internal dimensions but a much smaller external footprint. Starting with a larger complete system gives you this option immediately, but the beauty of truss structures is they can always be expanded upon at a later date if a smaller system is all the initial budget allows for.
One of the huge benefits to the truss systems Stage Concepts supply is that spacers are not required at all in any part of the structure unlike competitors standard offerings. Our custom fabricated truss sections and joints all use a patented flush finish internal mount system, and bolt directly to each other for the ultimate in clean look and easy of use. They are also compatible with standard truss and even scaffold pole sections with use of available adaptors should that be needed.
The team at Runbase are thrilled with their system, and it was put into immediate usage at the Robin Hood Half Marathon in Nottingham and for the Reading Half Marathon, and will no doubt go on to provide that all important finish line for many years worth of events to come.
With rental purposes in mind, a large truss system is a guaranteed investment return over a relatively short time period, so buying the best quality and task specific system makes the most sense, both for longevity and for trouble free usage.
For all of your Truss Bridge, Race Gantry, Arch Systems and all other custom truss based projects and enquiries, please get in touch for our expert advice and famously friendly approach to help you select the right equipment for your specific needs.
6m x 3m SC Pro Quad Truss Bridge System
8 x Truss Tee Junction
2 x 90 deg corner Truss
4 x 500mm Straight Truss
2 x 710mm Straight Truss
8 x 1500mm Straight Truss
4 x 2000mm Straight Truss
2 x 3000mm Straight Truss
6 x 1000mm Single Truss Pipe Leg Stabilizers
12 x Swivel Clamps
From the V&A museum and Saatchi Gallery, to Warner Brothers Studios and Crystal Palace FC, our truss systems and bespoke designed truss constructions have found homes in a wide selection of both public and private events and for a variety of tasks.
We have also supplied trussing and stage deck systems to the Next and TopShop group, Harley Davidson, Jump Giants Trampoline Park, alongside the many private individuals and trade customers that have purchased everything from a singular stage deck right up to a large festival stage roof system.
Large circular truss lighting rigs and stage platform systems for film sets, structural truss arches and walkways for exhibitions and shopping centre events, vehicle plinths and truss for showroom displays, truss based obstacle courses, and the supply of full professional sound and lighting packages means Stage Concepts can fulfill your project requirements no matter how large or small they may be.