Ultra Sparkly Bridget wrote (see)
Give me an underpass over a canal bridge anytime!
How does an underpass go over a canal bridge?
Sounds a bit like an Escher drawing.
Quite a day yesterday, only once before have I ever ran a long distance race in those conditions (the grizzly a few years ago) , happy with my time (3.48) and i have seen enough underpasses for a while, only letdown for me was baggage collection (big queue and took ages whilst we froze) and changing , really needed somewhere warm and dry. Medics also deserve a thanks as i saw at first hand how busy they were.
I was a supporter on Sunday and I loved it. I don't know MK at all well but armed with a copy of the route map and a Sat Nav I was able to meet my runner at three different spots along the course. It was great being able to drive around the town, park on the road side, and nip out to support before getting back in and driving to the next spot. You don't get that at London!
Two things I noted as a supporter was
1) funnel off the relayers when they swap over. I was at the final swap (C-D) and the relayers were having to cut across the path to hand over and 2) erect a finishing gantry. I saw three people cross the timing mat just after they entered the stadium, they hugged, embraced, and congratulated each other until they realised the crowd were telling them to continue
Hats off to all of you who took part yesterday
I agree Schmunkee I was on a bike and never been so cold I managed to see my runner at 2 points so very happy and he got a 30 minute pb.
I have never been so cold and wet but it was worth it to offer support.
I did London this year and the end was also poor this year because of the downpour at the end.
There was a thread on it. I got drenched and was trapped in Horseguards Parade. Roads were closed and we had to walk about 3 miles to get our coach...
It was purely the weather that spoiled what would have been a great day but imagine how you would feel if you were at the Shakespeare and were half way round the course before you knew it was cancelled
I say well done to MK for going ahead and I am sure they will make some improvements for next year.
Any way well done to those who had a good day and sorry to those it didn't turn out so well for.
I agree about the supporters. I saw one family with a (?Cork) flag about 5 times and another chap had sort of adopted me by the third time I saw them. Not been called Bridget the Midget in years
It also meant we were getting loads of hoots along the main roads from people driving to the next point.
Schmunkee - that last changeover point was great for support. Don't know if you realised but the people down in the underpass were raising a huge cheer as each runner entered it!
So how much distance do we think was added at Caldecotte...? Did Ross have a map or something he posted on the forum...?
Did you notice at Willen there was a slight diversion too - think that would have shaved off a couple of seconds as well ;)
Trying to work out if I can drop my PB even further....now I am getting greedy...!
Hey Emdee - you did a good job - thanks again!
MarkD - my Garmin said MK was .2 further than Brighton (last years course) so who knows...
Old No7 - could you explain more about the course - are they saying on a good day it would be a lot quicker...
I did post the detour, but it was exactly what was confirmed by the official announcement.
If you're wondering about effect on times I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be worth more than a minute or two, much less than the weather.
Don't forget too that the regulations on course measurement require a little bit extra distance which over marathon distance can be noticable too.
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