Reading back the race info it does sound a bit like we don't have faith in the timing guys. Nothing could be further from the truth - they are a highly professional outfit who have timed some very reputable national and international competitions, read about them here to put your mind at rest http://www.hssports.co.uk/about.htm
We were just trying to cover all bases, that's all. If you have a Garmin or GPS enabled device it'd be wise to use it, for your own peace of mind as much as anything else.
Don't be nervous about the race, that's our job. Just relax and enjoy the view.
Wrexhamrob - the chances of chip counting going pear-shaped are very slim. Much more likely that someone mis-counts you going round if it is done manually. Probably the biggest risk associated with counting is tripping over the mat at some point - and that's not very likely either.
Stu - perhaps see you Sunday lunchtime then?
Haven't see any race info as yet. How do I get hold of a copy please?
Everybody on the start list should have received a copy via email, but in case it went awry or was spam-filtered there is a copy here:
Michael - many thanks for the link to the joining instructions. Found they were very useful, clear and simple. I can tell you that there is no restriction on MP3 on track - only applies on roads.
Noted that you didn't bother filling in the "Course Profile" section. I've drafted out something here as I realise that constructing this section of the notes is time consuming. "Flat."
I'm most impressed with the "Indoor Viewing Area". Whilst we have a "viewing area" at our track, it is outdoors and on the side of a grass bank which becomes muddy in adverse weather.
I'm looking forward to the weekend - thanks to the team for having the courage and conviction to deliver the event. Maurice
PS - Now seen the "Word" version of the instructions and noted the very detailed course profile diagram. Shame though that you have only drawn the first 300m of the 26.2miles!
Will pop in to watch.Look forward to seeing you Offord btw you will see 2 1/2 stone less of me -lol
when training is further up and I have a moment of insanity I may do it next year
The race will be run anti-clockwise for the entire duration.
It isn't practical to change direction during the race principally because it would throw the chip timing completely awry. Just for the record the track surface is absolutely fantastic. It's very well maintained and in our opinion with exactly the right amount of cushioning for a comfortable run. Admittedly we haven't run 105.5 laps on it so we may well be being somewhat naive, but surely this is all part of the challenge of the Déjà vu
The weather forecast at the moment is very favourable, so fingers crossed it stays that way.
Hope everyone is feeling good and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday morning!
Checklist : Shoes, shorts, vest, socks and water.
Looking forward to this.
Well went to see 'em off and my mate Offord. Will pop for finish as only 10 minute walk.
Great that they have music and now I want to do it next year Weather just right I reckon.
What a cracking event!
Well done to all the organisers and supporters, your friendliness and enthusiasm made this one to remember.
Also a big thanks to the chip timers who kept tabs on the number of laps we had done, if it weren't for them I might still be going, my Garmin completely lost the plot, recording 171 laps!
Personally I struggled today towards the end, maybe that was all the extra laps I did , but after today's experience, would certainly try something like this again.
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