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
In short: I couldn't understand how I had run so well and not broken 1.40 In full: Im so glad I just logged in and read about the over distance, it explains the mystery that has been beating me up all afternoon. I was really going to beat 1.40 time and when I crossed the line at 1.40 I could not understand - as I felt I ran a good race. At least I know now!! The race organisers had cocked up on the distance. Its a shame though as its a big effort to do a half M race and the distance being correct is fundemental. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: The error over the extra distance is unforgiveable. Last time I do this one I'm afraid In full: Whilst the apologies of the race director are appreciated, the cock up over the extra distance will put many faster runners off this race for good. The pre-race facilities were poor, with people squeezing into the clubhouse. Sadly the scenery was never going to compensate, making it a pretty miserable day out. There are plenty more half marathons to run at this time of year Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: despite the added length, I found this a friendly and enjoyable race In full: didn't look at my watch after 7 miles, but nevertheless was surprised to reach the finish in a slower time than I'd anticipated. The mystery was soon solved though, as the organisers owned up to an unintentional added extra 0.7 mile. Which means I probably did a pb, which is why I'm not too upset. I found this a really friendly race, with lots of support from marshals and other runners. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: The Roding Valley 14.1 mile Half Marathon In full: Due to a cock-up by the marchsall & the lead car mile 7-8 was about 1.7 miles (and uphill & into the wind).
In my opinion, once the organisers realised this, the should have instructed all other marshalls (where possible) to let runners know they had ran an extra 0.7 mile, as many didn't have a clue & were left with nothing to run for or push themselves for in the latter stages. Their revised times may come out quite good.
Other than that, which may be handy in prep for London, having ran 14! I wasn't overly impressed.
The course was tricky & hard to get any fluency, constanly having to avoid cars beside you, pulling out of junctions, roadworks, over hanging thorn bushes, the drink stations weren't up to much, there wasn't any marker at the start (that I could see) and no drinks for the last 4 miles or at the finish line was disappointing. Even a small goody bag with something to eat wouldn't have gone a miss.
On the plus side, the support was good, the parking was good & the price was good & being able to enter on the day was excellent & well manned. And there were some gorgeous women running around my pace which made it easier.
But it will always be remembered for the cock up by the marshall & the stretch along by the David Lloyd centre & M11 really needed to be roped off to some degree. It was hard enough to fit one person down it. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: cold, a bit hilly and the race was longer than shown on the map In full: I just did the race today and when comparing it to the race map, realised that the second large loop was in fact longer than described on the map. It incorporated the first small loop again, when I'm not sure if it was suppoes to or not! I really hope I haven't run more than the necessary 13 miles!! Date of review: February 26, 2006