Crash- You said it right.
I was using the mara as a long run for COmrades and ran 10 before the start. I was planning on about 3h30 for the mara and there is no way I would have generated enough heat to stay warm, I ran the half as a hard effort and was still cold and struggling to use my hands despite hat#s gloves etc. As I was driving home at about 2h42 into the race I have never seen so many runners run/walking with a mile to go, lots of these being mara runners.
They would have been in a lot of trouble and the organisers got it spot on. I was lucky and heard the cancellation.
The marshall were also fantastic too.
I'm conflicted, I don't knock organisers making difficult decisions but on other hand wouldn't have made a 200 mile round trip for a half. I know there some people travelled further but this is my post. Having seen the greenway hot, retreat from Moscow, and now seen it wet, retreat from Moscow again, and never seen it somewhere between the two extremes I think I'll give this a miss in the future.
One consequence of running a half only with no thinning out after the split was to make the race more bunched than usual, with groups barging past, I saw a couple of contacts which lead to people pulling up. Hope they finished OK.
Another thing, I saw pallets with bottles of water, but not even a discount store choccy bar? just as well I had food in the car which I ran back to asap. Usually buy some chips and a coffee but didn't even want to do that today so no additional money made off me I'm afraid.
Have to say that before I got home and read this thread I was still in a dark place about the decision to cancel the marathon. My hotel room had cost just under £100 and I was looking forward to getting a decent mileage in with support, new surroundings, etc. So all I've actually done this weekend is scoff masses of carbs (thanks to Pizza Express special offer ) and shuffled a 13 miler that I could have done in my own New Forest back yard.
HOWEVER, I have never come across such cheerful, supportive marshalls (apart from the odd one or two wearing headphones....), felt so chuffed with myself and my friend's mum for battling through the conditions, experienced such a silent race, we were all just too bolloxed for banter, and, most rewarding of all, seen the Brit spirit of looking out for complete strangers who were worse off than ourselves and helping out however we could with extra layers, hugs and in promptu hot water bottles made from plastic botts and the generosity of the tea ladies. So, am I disappointed - yes, did I enjoy and will I remember it? HELL YES!!
Well done us
Michael, thanks - and well done on your pb too, I suspect that there won't be many of those knocking aorund today. Not that it matters, it was more about survival today.
Add my sympathies to those who did not realise that the full had been cancelled, I only found out by chance when a lady I happened to be stood next to just before the start mentioned it to me. If I hadn't known and had really held back around the first half, then I'd have been really gutted. As it was, a PB means I consider it a successful day.
I'd been stood right at the back of the pack, and though I could here that there were things being said over the tannoy, I couldn't make out what they were, and assumed they were the usual countdown/good luck messages. Lesson learn't, I'll definitely listen more carefully next time!
After all the talk of what to wear, I went with running tights, armour top with a tech T on top, headband to keep the ears warm, peaked cap to keep the rain out of the eyes and gloves. And quite critically, I grabbed a pair of flimsy plastic gloves from a petrol station to put over the top of my running gloves, to stop them from soaking up the rain. And sunglasses, to keep the rain out of the eyes too.
And I have to say that I had no problems with being cold at all, with the exception of my feet which got absolutely soaked running through the puddles on the Greenway. I think that alone would really have caused me to struggle on a second lap.
Anyway, roll on next year, would be nice to do a 'normal' stratford!
Here my run details if anyone is interested, HRM stopped working towards the end, think it must have got waterlogged!!
Got to Stratford in plenty of time (so I thought) but by the time I had parked, got the car park ticket, been to the loo and put my baggage away it left little time. Got to the start and heard the tannoy system wittering on about something but thankfully someone recognised me and told me the news. Knowing this I ran a good race and PBed. Got showered than waited in the car park for over an hour to get out, which was not clever. Very tough decision was made.
Marshalls great, help with the car park in future would be nice. Wouldn't travel the distance I did today for an half.
This is the 5th time I've raced at Stratford so I'm well accustomed to the course and it's surroundings. Credit to the marshal's as usual very encouraging and great to see the kids handing out drinks..................
My problem with this year is that I was expecting to run a marathon given the full information from the Met Office of a rain warning and the web site which basically said at your own risk. No mention of the full marathon being pulled. I did chech before setting off.
Conditions did not change they were as expected ??
Basically I'm sure I'm in the same boat as a lot of people petrol costs an absolute fortune £1.40 a litre locally. If I had the information before setting off I would of chosen to save my money on petrol and written off the cost of the entry to the Rotary Club. Not a happy camper !!
Right decision- poor communicatioon at the time.
For every diehard doing a 'Shacklton' to the end of a full M today, you'd have had a lot of people in a very bad way and in need of help- let alone Marshalls/volunteers out in it too. It was never meant to be an adventure race and as organisers they would have to factor in the risk to the greater number of runners(1st timers etc.) as well as hardened runners of old.
I could hear the commentator but, he was far too brief in passing the single most important message of the day.
A disappointing day for me today, but the pleasures of a 16 week training plan with good friends is worth far more than a Marathon finishers medal.
not sure TBH if they called it right or not -
had they have let FM go ahead, and on full length of greenway ( as HM only uses part of it ) if they have had casualites or suffering of hypathermia which they were concerend about, they said their was record numbers of new marathoners who were possibly un prepared
but, we live here 1.5 miles from start, and it was nothing like this last night at 11 pm
this morning i awoke to a different world,
but i do understand all your feelings and i to and sorry for u all
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