Rutland Water Marathon

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07/11/2012 at 16:16

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.

07/11/2012 at 16:31

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

07/11/2012 at 20:18
I finished in 5 hrs 29... a PB as it was my first ever marathon. I'd kept a careful eye on the weather reports in the week leading up to the race and didn't take any chances: long sleave running top, long running trousers, water proof top, hat-n-gloves (which I kept for 90% of race), big bath towel, full change of clothes, big flask of hot tea and a selection of tasty food stuff to eat in the car.
At the finish line there were about 6 people cheering me to the finish. It wouldn't have mattered if it was 60 as I wasn't for sticking around it was straight off to the car for me asap.
As I approached the line I did think of going to the medical tent for a hot brew... but there not being a medical tent was not an issue as I had one in the car.
Maybe we need to stop beating Fatfeet up, thank them for what they did give us, and just either come back for more next year (which I will )... or not...
07/11/2012 at 20:41
The last couple of times there were many groups of people out along the course. Including members of the public just out walking along the footpaths. There were lots of people at the end and competitors hung around to cheer in people they had run with earlier in the race.

Competitors were more chatty on route as well.

The weather was hard. I really hope to run again next year.

The only thing I would change is a large tent to shelter in at the end with secure baggage area.
07/11/2012 at 22:03

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.


08/11/2012 at 08:04

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..... 

08/11/2012 at 08:28
Chester it shall be then, for me in 2013.
08/11/2012 at 09:21

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

08/11/2012 at 12:06
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?

08/11/2012 at 13:05

Good point, but Chester has a surprise hill at 24 miles you could moan about that,


08/11/2012 at 13:05

Doh! spoiled it now

08/11/2012 at 13:23
Beachy Head marathon is ??32. You get chip timing, medal, meal at the finish and food and drink around the course

Have cycled round Rutland Water and it is very beautiful scenery
08/11/2012 at 16:05

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

08/11/2012 at 18:16
Are you seriously comparing Chester, a road race with 5000 entrants, to Rutland, a trail race with 500?

I'm missing something here.
08/11/2012 at 18:25

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

08/11/2012 at 20:06
For what its worth, I ran them both and enjoyed them both too. Bottom line for me is that however I look at it RW this year was badly organised, and very poor value for money.previous years have been well organised and poor value for money, but as I emailed fat feet (still no response) they are in danger of ruining a lovely little marathon by getting the basics wrong. Ldwa organise 26 mile challenge walks that you can do as a trail run for 7 quid! Nuff said. Fat feet ? Your turn to comment next...
08/11/2012 at 20:51

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

08/11/2012 at 21:51
Rutland was a great marathon only let down by the weather! Goodie bag was shit and only wanted a medal.
08/11/2012 at 22:27


08/11/2012 at 22:51
Crap... what's happening to me!!!! Less than a week on from my first marsthon Rutland, and I'm conisdering booking the Bolton Hill Marathon for my second . Why can't I be satisfied with a simple multi lap suberbian road marathon?
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