Central Lancashire New Year Half Marathon

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06/01/2013 at 13:49

My wife always says stick to the facts, so I shall try to do just that.

There to support my son.

Two water stations, my son felt these were insufficient.  I was informed there were no road closures.  At a briefing in the hall when folk were talking over the organiser(?) they were told to 'shut your gob'.  Then a walk to the start. The longest starter chat I've ever experienced.  Mile 4 Inskip Road, a long stretch.  I pulled over in my car on the non-runners side.  Stayed there for about ten mins, two vehicles drove round me and four cyclists.  The half marathon support car asked me to park somewhere better, I ignored this as drivers could easily drive round my car with ease and not hinder runners. The support van then did a turn round and informed me again to move. I said I was not in breach ofany law.  One obese chap then started to swear and the other informed that a) he would call the police and b) he would disqualify my son from the race because of my stance.

Other martialls on the course were very friendly and supportive.

The organisation of the event seemed to be very good.

At the finish I said to the obsese chap and semi obsese colleague 'thank you for your support'.  This was met by the semi obsese chap swaering at me and the obese chap telling me to get out of his face or he will remove me, I would say I was about two feet from his face, perhaps this is too close for some people but I might be mistaken.

My son waited for his prize and at the presentation the junior prize had been left out and apologies came forthwith for this.

Thanks for putting this event on and my son is very pleased with his first 'proper' event.

06/01/2013 at 14:36
In my opinion the walk to the start and the time before setting off was largely irrelevant. The weather was fine. Contrast that to, say, the London Marathon where you are walking a mile and standing for a good hour.

I'm pretty sure there were three water stops, but even one at half way would have been completely sufficient. Personally, I didn't have anything to drink since leaving my house at 8:30am. The likelihood of being dehydrated on a half marathon in January are practically zero.

No idea about the stewards, but I think they were from G4? If so, you were lucky not to have your car flattened. I don't think they are practiced in the fine art of diplomacy!!!
06/01/2013 at 14:45
Terry - in fairness to your report, they did announce the wrong winner of the v50 class too.

My impression, as someone who races regularly and is generally hard to please(!), is that it's overall a great event and generally well run. The organisers seem very friendly both before, during and after the race. Reasonable entrance fee. the chances of something going wrong at some point to someone are high, but I'd hope they would investigate the road incident. It doesn't sound like you were in the wrong, although I can understand them wanting to do their best for the safety of the runners taking part.
06/01/2013 at 15:02

Well I thought that this was a great race. I have no negative thoughts about it at all, it sounds like Terry was unfortunate. The HQ in the village hall was great, brilliant to be able to leave baggage there, and then easily retrieved at the end. "Crowd support" sparse but then I expected that. I achieved a PB and am very happy indeed. Thanks Ron. Also a big thanks for allowing my mate to enter on the day.

06/01/2013 at 15:07

Thank you. I hve run over 80 marathons and can honestly say they were the most obnoxious chaps I have met, the two chaps, not the rest.  In general terms the event seemed very smooth as a spectator, my son had no complaints aprt from the water...on the map I thought I only located two stations.

Concering my parked car, I CAN see their point but I think it was a case of them wanting a smooth run for the runners.  When I have run and cars overtake a parked car taking half the road, then if they are careful then get on with it.  I did see one car on another straight going at about 60 mph, no runners were near 'him' but it did look a bit odd with other folk driving slowly.

I would imagine if there were to be a review of my incident, it will be a case of closing ranks, I don't hold your optimism in this.

My son got 1.38 which we are all pleased with though I think it will grate him for a while that he is 6 mins behind my pb for the distance.

06/01/2013 at 15:09

Didn't see where you were from, but I see Amanda you are from Yorkshire, well done my son had a Halifax Harriers top on.

06/01/2013 at 15:32
Terry, they did announce at the start that there was a change to the stewarding of the race and G4S were doing it. On that basis, you'd assume Ron etc would be annoyed at least with any behaviour which is out of place in a local running event.

There was deffo a water station late on, and one midway (cos I remember a bloke next to me took a bottle and offered me some). I must admit I can't positively recall one earlier than that.... I just have a vague recollection there was.

Plus there were two goats (female) at the 10 mile point, each offering a nice set of udders.
06/01/2013 at 15:33

The goats must be a lancashire things, well if it helps!

06/01/2013 at 15:41

From a personal perspective, the race was a bit of a disaster for me.  I am capable of and should have run under 1.30.  All my training said so.  After mile 5 of being really comfortable and ahead of pace, it hit me like a wall (whatever "it" was) and I never recovered.  I thought I had recovered suffiently from Norovirus but had  abad day yesterday and thought I might have to pull out.  Woke up ok, did the race but just felt terrible and cold from mile 5 on.  Bouts of stitch saw me stop 4 times (I was the receeding chap with the flourescent yellow top wincing at the side of the road between 1.30-.140 pace) and I eventually limped across the line in 1.37.  At least I can be certain that me second HM will be a PB :-/

I have raced other events (5 and 10ks) and I have to say, I thought the organisation was spot on.  For £14, I don't know how you can moan.  Park and ride worked well, the hall was a great facility to have and there was plenty of encouragement all round.  Maybe one or two additional portaloos would have been handy but I waited no more than 5 mins so even that was no big deal. 

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be back next year - hopefully better prepared.

06/01/2013 at 15:43

keighley and craven, Terry. Well done to your son!

06/01/2013 at 15:43

2 water stations from what I saw, 5 and 10 miles roughly from memory.

06/01/2013 at 23:22
Interesting reading. I think watervstations are an issue for runners furthervdown the field as they are running longer and more water dependent; with a bit of experience you realise that hydration the day before oughtbto suffice, especially in winter.

Well done to your son Terry. He was a little ahead of what I ran last year.

This race is good value IMHO.
07/01/2013 at 08:08

I agree ET but I really think that 2 water stations (as advertised) is reasonable (or more than). If you need more than that then I would say it is reasoanble to expect you to carry it.

Terry - for what it is worth I thought the marshalls though efficient where the most miserable I have ever come across. Also, I don't often see presentations but was eating a bacon butty so witnessed this one. Thought it was a right shower of shit. Balls up on M50 prize, missed your lads and F60 missed also. If you are going to do presentation then have all of them listed, not rocket science.

07/01/2013 at 08:25

Terry. I am afraid any argument or criticism you have is lost when you call people obese. Especially when one of the people concerned is my son, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and consequently has difficulties with weight control.

Incidently, there was no advertised junior prize yesterday, and it was my son who arranged a late minute prize for him.

07/01/2013 at 09:27

Maxpower - On the prize giving - contrast this with the Leyland 10K where there was no presentation, no results posted till midnight, and whilst not really bothered I've still not received my prize.

Yesterday, The village hall was great, it was done in a timely manner, results pinned to the door, quirky but decent prizes, bacon butties close by, happy birthday sung to a young volunteer....

Having three times been sent the wrong way on races, I welcomed the highly visible, burly, yellow coated lot yesterday. Didn't notice whether they were miserable or not and didn't really care.  They were there at the right places.

07/01/2013 at 10:04

Take the point that you have been to worse presentations but not sure the one you describe sets the benchmark! If you are going to do it then just get organised. Longridge 7 set in a similar hall at least managed to run through the list without appearing so disorganised.

I have done this race every year so obviously think it is pretty good.


07/01/2013 at 10:57

Fair point. Whilst I would describe the presentation as charming, I suppose it is an opportunity to display how efficient the organisation is. If it runs like clockwork, people will come away thinking the whole event was well staged.

Ever done the Wilmslow Half? However good the start is, however nice and flat and well marshalled the course is, the annual chaos at the finish makes me feel they don't actually give a shit. Consequentally I've started doing the Coniston 14 instead.

07/01/2013 at 11:41

Did the wilmslow half a few times but it was a few years ago. Not really my cup of tea and I much prefer a smaller race like this one. Next up for me is Inskip Half so more of the same

07/01/2013 at 16:42

RocketRon, obese is not a term of insult, it is a descriptive term. There are various reasons for obesity, if I am mistaken I stand correctd. To rebuff all comments by me because of my perceived error or insult is highly illogical. Anyone who puts up prizes is to be commended and this I give.  Having looked at the info there appeared to be no list of prospective prizes, again that might be my error. A final note, as you say one of the people I identified was your son (one of the two in the car I assume) then as a marshall it is unacceptable for him to use 'foul and offensive language' ...for whatever reason, in nearly a hundred events I have NEVER   heard such language.  It is sad that others have commented on the poor demeanour of some of the marshalls.  Apart from the two characters I have mentioned, they were on the whole 'supportive' but I wouldn't say smily smily folk.  Work needed on customer/public relations.

07/01/2013 at 16:46

I don't know if Rocket Ron is the chap who shouted to the collection of runners in the hall 'shut your gob' but if he is then this is another example of the inappropriate language experinced by some at this pretty well run event (a comment alluded to by a runner in the event feedback).

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