OK - here's my list of things that a great race must have:
Easy to register
Good value for money (not necessarily cheap - a £300 Ironman can be good value)
Easy to get to
Enough toilets at the start
Easy bag drop
Good atmosphere at start and on course (chin wag, cameraderie and ribaldry etc)
Starts on time
Great course - no constrictions - ideally good views - accurate distance measurement - adequate water on the course* - clear course signage*
Accurate timing at the end*
Good drinks/nosh at the end (Bacchus half impossible to beat on this - a feast)
Good goodies (doesn't need to be in a bag!)
Easy bag collection
Easy to get away
Results, video, write-up, photos etc etc up promptly on t'Internet
In my experience, runners will forgive many things, but the ones that they won't forgive are marked with * - enough water on the course, clear course marking and accurate timekeeping at the end (does not necessarily mean chip timing, since chips fail).
Not too much to ask for, surely?
...and there are plenty of races that don't tick all these boxes.
Posted: 30/01/2013 at 09:35