what a shambles
agree with all your points, esp the last one about where to meet up with friends/family afterwards. My girlfriend was with me, and we were annoyed that not only could she wave me off, but there was nowhere to meet at the end - even the marshalls knew nothing off the supposed meeting zones, which were not to be.
Thought the race number & chip collection at the RDS was bizarre, as it took as an hour to walk there from the town, but was good once there, and there were buses back (as long as you had correct change!)
Was a good run on the whole, and a nice course, but can't say I'd rush to repeat it there.
I thought it was a great race with a few organisational issues but nothing that couldn't be easily fixed.
I certainly wouldn't characterise it as a shambles.
As for the BOC issue - erm I am so far from 2 hour times its immaterial to me and, i suspect, 98% of the other runners.
Yes I agree with spike 95, this was my first marathon experience supporting my husband.
I was quite surprised that local people and the local Garda, did not seem to have a lot of knowledge that the event was taking place. I thought perhaps my expectations were probably high because of London and what I had seen on the TV. The EXPO information contradicted with important information contained within the souvenir program and website, so which is right.
As a result the overall impression was of disappointment with the organisation. Well done to the runners shame about the organisation
I enjoyed every moment of the day but do feel that the familys of the runners felt let down like i did.
Very surprised that it is an unratified course.
The start and finish could have been better . Good point on the bags being out in the open I hadn't even realised that would have been a problem.
Great course apart from the silly bottlenecks in the first mile , good water stations at the right points and great support .
Not a shambles but room for improvement.
Funny really cos I thought the organisation was pretty good. I breezed through the Expo and then on race day I thought the Baggage Collection was well ran - I was dealt with immediately and all the bags were laid out in numerical order so I got it back instantly too. I thought the one-way system to make your way to the start worked well as did the stuff immediately after the finish. All in all I left feeling quite impressed by the whole thing, so surprised to hear other people had a less than satisfactory experience.
My only complaint was the first half a mile or so was too narrow really. Oh and the bloody walkers who insisted on starting just behind the elite pen and then walked 5 abreast immediately off the start - causing complete havoc for lots of people behind them
That was probably cos you weren't local LS21
Not sure if you noticed but that filter at about the half mile point was caused by two cars parked up inbetween all the 'No Parking' cones the Garda had set up!!
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