For what it's worth, I spoke to Anglian Water. Whilst they wouldn't disclose the amount they charged Fat Feet for obvious commercial reasons, they did say it shouldn't have affected FF's ability to put on a quality event. In any case, they said they were happy to raise the concerns of people here (I drew their attention to this site) in their debrief they will be doing with the race organisers, and will be asking the organisers to use the comments constructively to improve their future events.
I'll let people know once I hear some more feedback from Anglian.
And also no race photographer as promised. i had someone with me doing their first marathon and they really wanted an official race photo from the finish line, no photoprapher at finish or any where else that i saw.
I got changed and came back to finish line and just about everyone coming in after 5 hours 30 looked terribly cold and in need of someone just checking they were ok and to get a foil blanket and hot cuppa, but no one there to greet them at all.
I feel the slower runners needed special consideration from the organisers and red cross/st johns situated at the finish line, as for any one finishing between 5 hours and 7 hours it must have been hell out there. My first timer was dissapointed with the finish and the lack of interest in competitors at the finish line
I was considering this one for next year so it's disappointing to see that Fat Feet don't appear to have improved much. I've run a couple of half marathon events they organised, the first one was terrible and as I'd already paid in advance to enter the 2nd one I had to run that as well. To be fair though the 2nd was much better.
My last word on this......
I ran Chester a month earlier - the most magnificently organised event that I have ever attended - with a decent goodie bag to boot.
If I could only run of these events next year it would be Rutland - marathons - it's all about the course.....
Chester is the best organised race, with the best finish I ever saw, but Rutland is a different type of Marathon experience, suits some, doesn't suit others, horses for courses really
Paul Eastabrook wrote (see)
Chester it shall be then, for me in 2013.
Why? You would have nothing to whinge about, how will you survive?
Good point, but Chester has a surprise hill at 24 miles you could moan about that,
Doh! spoiled it now
Loved it - the only thing I think they need to look at was the finish - I ran in with a lady who was quite distressed and there was no one at the end to see if she was OK - if we could have had a hot cup of tea and a 'are you OK' would be great - not worried about the t-shirt or goody bag. -( hot tea would have been much more appreciated) The cadets were fab and made me laugh especailly the girls doing the mexican wave - many thanks to them. Will be back next year
Tim the point being made is that if people find so much to moan about with Rutland, go and find somewhere else to run. Personally having run both (and many others) I enjoyed both and tend to choose a run for the overall experience
I've e-mailed fat feet too but no reply like no reply when i asked info on race and also asked where race pack was, they have been posting on their facebook group about things unrelated to this race so are clearly online and must have read comments on there and on here but are choosing to ignore, they have our money and race over so dont care about anything else
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