Watford 10K - (15 yrs and over)

Short course ?

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07/05/2013 at 14:20

Quite right! If I had known it was not 10k, I would have gone for a run at home then spent the £17 in the local pub


07/05/2013 at 14:26

Indeed! Not sure anyone's going to admit to bungling though, could be costly!

07/05/2013 at 14:27

And maybe everyone is happy with their super fast times as well ...

07/05/2013 at 14:29

I would love for the organisers to tell us that it was indeed 10K after all by the way! Or just a bit short, not a lot..... I think I'll have to hope for that, that my time would still have been 53 minutes something rather than 55.......

07/05/2013 at 14:54

I was really going for a PB after spending the last 6 months marathon training. I think I need to add 2 mins to my 41 mins which would still give me a PB, but only just and I will never know for sure! So on reflection, best to treat as a training tempo run and move on! Would have been a lot worse had it been a marathon. Interesting that it is appearing in Power of 10 listings though.

07/05/2013 at 19:14

The Munden House 10k (Watford) was also on 6th May this year (last year it was 24th June). I chose to do Watford 10k this year based on the good experience of 2012 that was absent this year.

I think if Watford 10k and Munden House 10k are both on the same date again next year then I might be tempted to do Munden instead....at least its a proper 10k and not next to roads.....and too many tight and narrow points on this years Watford 10k that are no good for overtaking.....a single file bridge...FFS !

....unless, that is,  the race organisers of Watford 10k can sort out a better route for next year...... that is at least 10k...... ??

I know its all a good cause and "fun run" etc....but for me, and I am sure I am not alone, I treat these events reasonably seriously to test how my training has paid off....if a proper 10k distance and a proper route is that unimportant to the organisers then why even bother with chip timing ?....we might as well do the run carrying a fridge on our back or dressd as an ostrich...and walk round drinking a few tinnies on the way.

the more I think about this the more disappointed I am....a whole 1/2k short ....thinking again its completely ridiculaous that it is so short....

..if parts of the course were that important not to cut corners (to make the full 10k distance....eg Km8 across the field) then put more marshalls there......marshalls sitting on a bench on a single file track next to the river are no use...

07/05/2013 at 19:37

Well, they only started chip timing last year....and it was a change of course this year, and apparently a change at the last minute (day before) from the advertised new course. So, I can understand that mistakes can happen. However, charity "fun run" and all, it is still very disappointing if they couldn't get the measurement/marshalling right to provide a 10K course that measures 10K. I hope they will take this concern seriously for planning next year's race. I notice that it is not a particularly fast field, but many of us train seriously and use the race as a race to test ourselves. Hmmm, bah, humbug!


07/05/2013 at 19:54

blimey....if they changed the course the day before then that really does explain the mess.....

would be nice to have one of the organisers on to explain what happened.

never mind I guess -  intention of the thread was to see if anyone else had the same problem as me of 1/2k short.... or if it was my Garmin that was screwed........seems quite a few people had the same problem and are as disappointed as me.

07/05/2013 at 20:19

Yes, I think I will end on "never mind". And will stay hopeful that we ran 10K or almost 10K. I think I'll enter another one in July- will have to train especially hard to make sure I beat my time for this one .

13/05/2013 at 15:06

Well done all you Watford 10k folks who competed and sorry to hear you think maybe the course was a tad short - did I hear somewhere that the Gt North 1/2mara had the same problem? altho I think that was a marshalling fail!

It was a very scenic course and a great day out tho so I filmed it too (I've run it a few times when it was "The Bluebell Run").  If you want to see it it's on youtube now at http://youtu.be/X8hj4dc677A

(PS I do these videos for free, this is not a plug for my blog  and I have nothing to gain from this link commercially so I hope no-one minds me including it!)

14/05/2013 at 06:34

Great video, very professionally done and I spotted myself running at the start! 

14/05/2013 at 14:54

Cool! I love it when people spot themselves - you must have been at the front (#notsoslowkoala!) but who is Batman and Robin? I seemed to catch them wherever I went!

14/05/2013 at 16:31

I think B&R were doing it for charity, I seem to remember they were on Twitter a lot. 

My 11 yo son also saw himself (in the warm up!)

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