In short: Once you got started you soon warmed up In full: Not being a very fast runner found it very rewarding that over 5 minutes was taken off my time!!! I think the organisers did very well in letting everyone know so quickly that they had run too far and I will definitely be there next year.
I have been on so called prestigious runs paying three times as much to enter to find they have run out of water, had to walk over half a mile for your medal after the race and people have even died out there. Date of review: February 28, 2006
In short: A bit of a mixed bag! In full: The incorrect distance was a disappointment at the time, but most people - well those sticking to split times - realised something was amiss and just got on with it. Top marks to David Hollingworth for then going to the hassle of recalculating correct times. Although the course is run through rather dull suburbia, the hills and variety of different roads kept it fairly interesting. Quite dangerous in parts though - particularly when a dog escaped from its owner's clutches and chased three runners for about a mile - as the course isn't traffic-free and most drivers weren't very considerate. All in all a fairly good race, but you would expect a little more from a club of the calibre of WG&EL. Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: Only disappointment - was the whinging at the end!! In full: Yes - a mistake was made with the route Yes - there were a lot of roadworks and possible bottlenecks as a result Yes - it was cold
Personally, I really enjoyed this race - It would have been nice to have run the measured course - but the fact that the organisers, and expecially the Race Director (who must have felt his whole world caving in today) recognised the error - ensured that it was the same for everyone and thereby ensuring that it was a legitimate race - and have undertaken to make it as right as they can in the circumstances - is just brilliant. It's a great course - I obliterated my PB on it today - even at the 13.6 - 13.7 miles that it turned out to be! So the corrected time (Thanks for doing that David) is just ACE!!! I'll certainly be back!
Oh - and being able to run events like this is a privilege, not a right.
As I said - the REAL disappointment, was the bellyaching!
To err is human, Getting all shirty about it.... is just Rude
In short: What can i say we are all human!!! and things do go wrong!!! In full: It is a shame that so many of you had a terrible time, I personally thought that it was not to bad, and the furthest I have ever run!!!!!! Runners who have been to races and had hot drinks before- please come forward and let me know!!! as that is a new one to me!!!! Any body wanting to run this in future years for fun or training for the LFM - it is like any other LONG DISTANCE!!! A LONG WAY!!!!
In short: Isn't a half marathon supposed to be 13.1 miles? In full: Disaster about all of us being sent the wrong way, but I think the marshalls did the right think by sending everyone the same way once the mistake had been realised. Unbelievable mistake considering the race has been run for over twenty years. However, the organisers are to be congratulated for attempting to put things right by measuring the extra bit and deducting a pro-rate time. However, I had pretty much given up once I realised I was 3-4 mins off my predicted pace. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Shame about the extra distance In full: Having done this race several times before, I feel I must step in and defend it against some of the comments made by others. Hot Drinks: at how many races can you find hot drinks at the start? Drinks at the finish: there were drinks at the finish round by the clubhouse. Water stations en route: sufficient. Facilities before the race: there was ample space, toilets and changing rooms (and showers for afterwards) in the building nearest the car parking. I don't know why the pavilion behind the finish line appeared not to be open although there seemed to be a small class going on. Roadworks: what can a race organiser do about this? There were an unusally high number of bits of roadworks but they didn't severely impact the flow of the race.
Goody bag: wasn't a medal enough?
Yes, it was a shame about the extra distance - due to confusion in the lead car. However, the organisers did the right thing very quickly in ensuring that everyone then ran the same distance so there was still a race. I've been in two other races which went off-route and neither managed this. I don't think people realise how difficult it would be to communicate quickly with all marshalls on a course in such a situation. The chap on the corner in question was doing a sterling job. The race organiser has said that he will get the discrepancy measured as soon as possible and issue amended results. That is an awful lot of work which he could have simply decided not to do, leaving the results to stand for the race albeit of an unspecified distance.
I shall be back to support what in all the other years has been a very good race.
In short: great potential,shame they messed it up today. In full: I have run it before and despite a cold thought i would come close to my pb. With my legs going to jelly after 3 miles and the extra distance i did not come close.
Given how cold it was i was a little disappointed there was no hot drinks available before the start. Date of review: February 26, 2006