Ok, cheers for the reply.
Anybody any idea of logistics?10.30am start per RW, but 10am on MCC Promo website?Numbers being sent out?Where exactly in WMP does it start? Big park.
This is from MCC Promo's twitter feed posted yesterday: "Hello ALL runners the Coventry race on the 18/11/12 starts at 10:30am pls b there at 9:30-10:00am to reg and get numbers". The map of the course I cannot open in a full screen view from there web page but it looks llike it starts near the new visitor centre by the main car park.
Appreciated, thank you, and see you there.
Are entries still available on the day?
Being a Coventry local, I regularly do a saturday park run followed by 4-5 laps around the park and noticed this event, overhearing a conversation on the startline.
Looking online, entry on the day was possible so opted to give it a go instead of a solo long run.
It is another shambles, I'm afraid. Just a bloke on the make by holding a minimum organisaton race with a few volunteers to make a few quid. The memorial park is always busy on the weekend and without any notice, people had no idea what was going on. Running on the grass when frosty and thawing is dangerous, as is the number of lapped runners who are wearing ipods that can't hear any requests to move right or left. The course distance, again was not right, being 400m too far this time. Too many loose dogs, kids on bikes and angry pedestrians who had a lot of beef with the marshals.
Its a challenging course in a great park but done on bare minimum organisation. No entry forms, just give your name and a tenner, thats it. You are better off going to the park an hour earlier and running 3 laps on your own.
I really do hope that there is a good donation to the red cross, if so then it was worthwhile.
Its a little harsh. It was a fun run and was that. But a lot of people on narrow paths is a recipe for trouble.
There needs to be a few signs up saying its on and runners need to be more respinsible and not wear headphones so they can hear dogs, bikes, other runners etc. Good run for the money, assuming it does support the quoted charity.
Hd - I agree with you that the event was poorly run and right from the off there seemed to be an air of not knowing what was going on by the Marshalls. Not the best organised 10K event I have done this year and guess there will be complaints made from other park users about this event which I hope does not get mistaken with Parkrun which is far better run than this event today.
Did you clock it at 400m too long? My Garmin had it at 120m too long.
HD no need to say sorry, its your opinion and a completly valid one. The conditions wernt ideal, all I was just trying to say is that it wernt all that bad...
Maybe sticking to the larger paths in the park would have been a little better although thinking about it proberly too repetative (double parkrun)
I will proberly see exactly what you mean even more so once ive done a few more events mate that are organised differntly...
Maybe see you around this Saturday at the parkrun if your there
wasn't this event clocked too short last year ?
Has anyone had much experience running events organised by MCC ? if so are all their events organised "badly" ?
Craig - if you want to try a well organised event - some to look forward to next year would be Northbrook 10K & Stratford Big 10K (or anything organised by Threshold Events or any of the Coventry based Athletics Clubs) these were very well organised and run this year and I will be taking part again next year. I have to say this event caught me off guard as I expected something better for an organised event.
Coventry New Year 5 Mile Run Organised by Godiva Harriers on 30th December is the only local one I am aware of unless you are prepared to travel further afield.
I ran in this event today. Agree with comments on not enough signs for other park users, and not enough marshalls. I also clocked it at 120m longer which I thought was reasonable not sure if 400m was a glitch HD.
My biggest gripe was the park is too small to contain a 10k race. 3.5 laps was really repetetive. It is lovely park though and will definetly drop in to the parkrun as it looks perfect for a 5k course. Would not diss the event to much though.
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