This of course may be the oldest excuse in the book (!) but did anyone else measure the course for today's ADT half a bit long. There was a brief discussion between people around me at the finish and pretty well everyone was a minute or two down on predicted times which - considering good conditions etc - was a surprise. I know Garmins and otehr GPS devices tend to measure all distances a bit long but fairly uniformly everyone I spoke to measured it at 13.4 miles. The course didn't quite correlate with the route map either around the 10 mile mark and seemed to go a bit further out to Cockenzie than expected.
Anyway - this all may a classic case of sour grapes on my part but I think I'll drop the race organisers (who otherwise did a great job) an email to confirm the distance was verified accurately.
I agree with you my Garmin GPS measured 13.41 miles and the two other people I was running with measured the course long as well. I was going for a PB and missed it by just over a minute! I have already emailed the organisers. I know some people might see it as sour grapes but it was also a different course to the one advertised so their must have been a change in distance somewhere.
By checking my pacing (7.47 minute miles) I should have come in at 1.42 over a 13.1 mile course. It is important to all runners to know you are running the correct distance as to most time does matter.
Were you on the first shuttle bus back to town? I was standing near some people in the queue who were saying exactly the same.
Re the measurement I know GPS isn't super accurate for course measurement etc etc, but I really didn't deviate much at all and had a clear run without much overtaking etc and do more than a dozen races a year usually so am pretty used to my garmin reading about right...and mine was 13.4 too. Sorry you missed out on the PB's . Lucky for me I'm doing London next week so was going for a steady run and wasn't really worried about time, so it didn't actually bother me at all, but thought I'd respond anyway to say hello
Otherwise a great race though I thought. The organisation at the start especially seemed loads better than previous years (well done the organisers!!) - except perhaps the cunningly hidden ladies baggage truck almost completely eluded me! (The compulsory gender split of the bags for transport confused me as after reading the race guide leaflet had planned to leave my bag on the London road truck) Admittedly it was a big truck and hard to miss once you turned all the necessary corners round the back of the stadium , but a marshall told me it was in the car park and it took me 15 mins to actually find! I'll know for next year though..
Well done and thanks to the organisers!
Good to get a clarification from them so fast.
Did anyone have problems getting water?
There was no water left at the first water stop and none at the last one. The amount of water must have been seriously miscalculated as there were a fair number of people behind me. I cannot remember what the entry fee was, but you should expect an accurately measured course and enough water for everyone as a minimum.
Having got the moan off my chest I did still enjoy it, and I'll most likely be back next year. It's a great course, and alot of people obviously put a lot of effort into organising it.
As far as I can see from the FB link from the race website it was 0.3 miles ! Looks like the revised time will be av pace over 13.4 miles multiplied by 13.1 - not really a particularly valid statistical manipulation but as close as anyone's going to get I suppose
Even though the race was otherwise enjoyable - for anyone vaguely interested in their finish times and aiming at goals (PBs, qualifying times for other races etc) it really isn't good enough. I was hoping for sub 1.20 and was more or less there until the 10 or 11 mile mark when things went Pete Tong and my head dropped (handy excuse I suppose !!). For all the frills and peripheral stuff surely one of the most fundamental and basic requirements is to actually measure the course length correctly.
Is there truth in the rumour that it was the Police who messed it up ? I suppose like any organisation it all hinges on the multiple cogs in the machine working together and it may have been an innocent mistake on the part of one or two individuals. It isn't great though.....
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