Sector 12

What is Sector 12?

For any new Marshal, Sector 12 is the last Sector on the TT & MGP course before the end of each lap.

It is an ideal Sector for any Marshal who lives (or stays whilst on the Island) in the Douglas or Onchan area as many points are within easy walking distance. It is also so popular that many Marshals who live elsewhere on the Island and who visit every year return to there favoured corner every TT or MGP.

The Sector covers the course from Llanjagan Lane, which is the green Lane on the right about 300 yards after the famous Creg ny Baa public house through to Dukes Avenue, the road on the left just before the Start / Finish area.

So what do we have at each location that could entice a new Marshal? I will try to outline the basics for you.

Brandish This is a very fast sweeping left hand corner. The area includes 4 locations that require a minimum of 8 Marshals to safely cover each practice or race. There is a Deputy with responsibility for the Marshals and where they are dispersed within the area.

These areas are, Sunny Orchard, Brandish Flag, Brandish Shelter & Brandish Exit.

On a nice day there are excellent views of the bikes from Kate’s Cottage area (in Sector 11) all the way down to Hillberry and then onwards to Cronk ny Mona.
There is a small old stone shelter and a portaloo toilet is provided for Marshals.
Take all supplies with you for each session as there are no other facilities.
Parking is very limited, quite a few bikes can be parked behind the shelter but Marshals with a car may have to park about 200 yards down the road in Slegaby Lane, or go with their car up to the Police lay-by (Sunny Orchard) which is the first point within the Brandish area.
There is no access once roads are closed.

Hillberry This is a very fast right hand corner with a down hill approach and an uphill exit. The area includes 4 locations that also require a minimum of 8 Marshals to safely cover each practice or race. There is a Deputy with responsibility for the Marshals and where they are dispersed within the area.

These areas are, Slegaby Lane, Hillberry Flag, Hillberry & Glen Dhoo campsite Lane.

There is good visibility all the way up to Brandish and most of the way to the next point at Cronk ny Mona.
There is no purpose built shelter at this location but there are plenty of seats under the trees and a portaloo toilet is provided for Marshals.
There is limited catering on race days from the Burger Van behind the spectator grandstand.
Parking can be limited as this is a very popular spot for spectators but Marshals with vehicles may take them to Slegaby Lane or the Glen Dhoo campsite lane.
There is access to and from Onchan when roads are closed, via Second Avenue and the Little Mill Lane in Onchan.

Cronk ny Mona A long fast left hand corner. This requires a minimum of 1 Flag Marshal & 4 Marshals including the Deputy.

There is a modern stone shelter and a portaloo toilet is provided for Marshals.
Good visibility of the riders exiting Hillberry and entering and passing Cronk ny Mona.
There are no catering facilities but it is only a short distance to the spar shop in the adjacent housing estate.
Parking is not a problem in the road that leads to this corner.
This corner links to the inside of the circuit and is accessible from most other inside points within Douglas and Union Mills.

Signpost A sharp right hand bend where riders are required to brake heavily which sometimes results in the riders overshooting and having to turn to regain the circuit. This corner also requires a minimum of 1 Flag Marshal & 4 Marshals including the Deputy.
A good point to watch heavy braking and tight cornering.
There is no proper shelter at this location; however this is the home of a local race team sponsor (Martin Bullock) and refreshments and toilets are available for the marshals and spectators.
Parking is not a problem in the adjacent housing estate that can be easily accessed through the garden behind the Marshals.
There is also access to Onchan and its shops once roads are closed.

Bedstead A fast left hand corner at the entrance to a housing estate. This also requires a minimum of 1 Flag Marshal & 4 Marshals including the Deputy.

Good visibility all the way from Signpost to the Nook, The riders sometimes get onto the pavement on the exit if they enter a bit too quickly.
There is no shelter but a portaloo toilet is provided for Marshals.
There are no catering facilities, but it is only a short distance to the spar shop in the housing estate or the facilities at Signpost.
Parking is not a problem in the road that leads to this corner.
This corner links to the inside of the circuit and is accessible from most other inside points within Douglas and Union Mills.

The Nook A sharp right hand bend where the circuit separates from the new road onto the traditional circuit, this also sometimes results in the riders overshooting and having to turn to regain the circuit. This corner also requires a minimum of 1 Flag Marshal & 4 Marshals including the Deputy.
Good visibility all the way back to Bedstead and a fast change of direction from left to right.
There is no shelter but a portaloo toilet is provided for Marshals.
Again there are no catering facilities but it is however just a short walk to the local supermarket or the shops in Onchan.
Parking is not a problem in the road that leads to this corner but must be accessed before the Roads close.
There is no access for vehicles when the road is closed but access is easily possible for pedestrians.

Governors Bridge This comprises a hairpin bend, a slippery left hand bend in the bottom of the old road and a fast right hand bend where the riders rejoin the main road. The area includes 3 locations that require a minimum of 12 Marshals to safely cover each practice or race.

There is a Deputy with responsibility for the Marshals and where they are dispersed within the area. These areas are, Governors Flag, Governors Hairpin & Governors Exit.

Good views of heavy braking on the way down the hill and into the right hand hairpin at one end and at the exit a you can watch the riders negotiate the slippery left hand bend in the bottom of the dip then accelerate hard out of the dip and exit right onto the run to the start / finish line.
There is no shelter but a portaloo toilet is provided for Marshals.
Again there are no catering facilities but it is however just a short walk to the local supermarket or the shops in Onchan.
Parking is available in the Governors Estate or in the Avenues on the Glencrutchery Road.
There is pedestrian access to Douglas and Onchan when roads are closed.

Dukes Avenue No bend here, this point is a very fast straight. This point also requires a minimum of 1 Flag Marshal & 4 Marshals including the Deputy. You must book early for this spot though as it is popular and space for marshals is limited.

This is next to the paddock so all facilities are available in the grandstand area.
Limited parking is possible in the edge of the playing fields behind the Marshals.
There is also access to Douglas when roads are closed and the local supermarket is just a short walk.

I hope these short descriptions have given you a little more insight into the Sector and perhaps will convince you to come and join us.

Please remember though that if you are at a point that is well manned you may be asked to go to a point nearby that is no so well covered. In this Sector that usually only requires little more than a 5 minute walk and in some cases you are able to take your vehicle with you so that you can get away easily when we finish. If you do walk somewhere, or are taken somewhere by car then I will always ensure that myself or one of the other Marshals you are with will give you a ride back to where you started.

I look forward to seeing you all at some point, and welcoming you in person.

John Walsh
CSM
Sector 12