I said that yesterday
PS. Alan - thanks for that reply - very helpful and makes a lot of sense.
Barry - thanks for obviously understanding where I am coming from! Would have cut another 1 min 40 off time which is a lot for me!
Dave - keep positive!
never ever rely on your garmin for distances in a race.........I used to run the smae park run week after wek and it always showed a slightly different distance.but usually over distance.it is a guide so give your self a safety margin when making your calculations.,
we were discussing the garmins yesterday and someone cycled through a tunnel.........the grmin made up its own route when it lost signal and decided that they have travelled over 600 miles whilst in the tunnel.their average mph was amazing......
the courses are meausred accurate so moan about your GPS not the race........
I'm always positive !
I just love people who spend a fortune on Garmins and then trust them without hesitation and then moan when they miss a PB by 24 secs
I did a 5 miler last year with some club mates and 3 of us had garmins. We all had a different reading. We all ran the 'same' course.
Good read on measuring here
I got bang on 26.2 at London on my Garmin. Most races I do are either bang on or at most .05 miles out. (with the noted exception of the 2012 MK marathon where even the organisers admitted it was 0.25 long)
Think it depends on how closely you follow the race line. At London I hugged the blue line all the way.
I finished 109th with no congestion and no people dodging and got it at 10.15km on my Garmin. At an event of this magnitude, I would trust the km markers and official distance to be more accurate than my Garmin
This is a very interesting thread with a number of interesting debates within it. It proves that people run for many different reasons. For those who are motivated via times its unfair to be criticized by whose runners whose motivation sits with simply running and enjoying the experience and fresh air.
As stated in several posts I personally have no doubt that the race WAS measured correctly and was mearly interested to find out what some runners recorded as a overall distance.
As for the guy who is 24 seconds from achieving his personal p.b,Keep going and never ever ever give up.
All Bupa races (10K's & Half's) are measured accurateley, 30000 + runners in the Gt Manchester 10K run ran slightly different distances, I did not see them running in single file, impossible. Just enjoy some of the most supported races in the UK, they are the best for all runners. If anyone wants to know more about course accuracy get in touch with your regional course measurment secretary's. There has been a definate increase in road running over the past six month, long may it continue. Many new running groups are emerging, long may this continue also. It is easy, cheap and fun setting up local running groups, women's only or mixed, meet your friends and colleagues and talk about it. The best thing about fun running clubs is no pressure to compete in club events as a club runner and over race, many running groups now have experienced UKA coaches for advise. The unattached running club??? is by far the biggest in the UK. Bruce Tulloh has sound advise in his books for all standards, worth a couple of quid to buy one.
Good Luck everyone, run to your ability, don't worry whether a garmin is long, short or anything else, you are your own boss and know how fast or how far you have run. My views expressed, 50+ years experience behind me at every level, always glad to help.
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