Flat and PB potential aparantly
Of course for the the serious amongst us, a facility could be provided for mocked up lost toenails, prosthetic areas of chafing, fake blood from nipples etc...
We had no problems arriving, parking etc and the race was well marshalled - thanks!
I like this course and especially the finish, which is great for spectators as well. Really feels like a "big" event on the final mad dash to the line.
Having done it before I knew the way back, but a couple of well placed signs might have helped others. No issues getting out either. Mind you we didn't have to stay to collect baggage......
Call it a premonition, but I had a bad feeling about the baggage arrangements and decided to leave stuff in the car. Good plan as it turned out. Awful for those affected by theft.
On the MP3 issue: I think it's purely a matter of safety. Those who cannot hear instructions from marshalls or whose awareness is impaired around other people/traffic etc are a danger to everyone... including themselves. Eventually I suppose someone will have a serious accident despite being yelled at by police/marshalls/everyone to keep left/right or whatever and then go on to blame the poor old organisers. See you in court etc.....Hey ho
The theft issue made the front page of the local free paper yesterday. Not a great advert for the event or running events in general really. http://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/Thieves-strike-while-runners-raise.5055950.jp
I was aiming for sub 1:35 and got 1:36:07.
Given the wind and crowds I'm happy with that, still a P.B by 3 minutes.
Niggles aside, it was a good run, and once again, thanks to all the marshalls, it is a thankless task.
i was aiming for under 1;33 and did 1:33:53 im happy with that tho as its a pb by 53 secs, hopefully get it at reading half or the rearranged wokingham half in may.
sounds like alot of people did their best runs sunday, well done to all!
does anyone no much about the mk half in july? is it the same route?
Mee meep - July half is a different route for most of the course - see http://www.mkhalfmarathon.org.uk/pdf_files/NSPCC_MarathonGreen_MAP.pdf - only the bit by Willen is a repeat I think. The first part is downhill, although can be congested, especially if you catch dog walkers in the rush, then there's a levelish bit to Willen, then from Willen it goes back via the canal which is a bit twisty and has the approaches to the canal bridges so it undulates a bit, then it's a dash to the end and the last mile is uphill!
Weather was perfect last year, and roasting the previous year, so who knows what we'll get.
It has secure baggage. No lucozade!
Also the field is smaller - 1117 finishers last year.
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