Watford 10K - (15 yrs and over)

Short course ?

1 to 20 of 33 messages
06/05/2013 at 15:44

bit disappointed with the 2013 route to be honest ....(last years 2012  race went through the blue bell field....the highlight of the event in my opinion)

....this year too many narrow/pinch points....and running along side the roads wasn't brilliant either

the biggest gripe I have is the course length. ...maybe it was just my GPS ? (Garmin 610)....but mine read 9.48k......a staggering 520m too short !!.....

anyone else find it too short ?

06/05/2013 at 16:38

My garmin got it short, too; 9.64k

06/05/2013 at 17:06

Mine too, I made it 5.84 miles and thought I had one third of a mile to go when I saw the finishing line. 4th lady (2nd vet) but don't think I can really claim it as a PB. Disappointing as would have thought with GPS devices shouldn't be so hard to measure a course more accurately.

06/05/2013 at 17:46

I much preferred last years course i thought that too much of this years one was in the park and my Garmin had it at 9.39, denying me what i thought was a pb.

06/05/2013 at 17:50

Yes It definitely felt short this year and I clocked a pb so slightly disappointed. Having said that great organisation and event as usual. Thanks all

06/05/2013 at 19:05

Yeah my garmin said 9.69km. Other than that I quite liked the new course

06/05/2013 at 19:48

I hope the organisers will be on here to tell us that the garmins got it wrong. Felt pleased with my time, but am now a bit disappointed!

06/05/2013 at 19:52

Helen, I also used a Nike app on my phone which always says I have run more in races but even that came up with only 6 miles! The race is on Run Britain so should be UK athletic affiliated but they will definitely need to revisit next year.

06/05/2013 at 19:57

My husband said something about if there are tight bends or loops or dense trees that it can mess the garmins up.... am I clutching at straws? I am just surprised and disappointed that they would measure it wrong. However, I was also a tad surprised at my time....

06/05/2013 at 19:57

in fairness, you wouldn't go to a MT undulating course to look for a pb anyway

06/05/2013 at 20:16

Managed to beat last year's time by 11 minutes and knock 4 mins off my PB! Shame it wasn't 10k!

psm
06/05/2013 at 21:54

My GPS said 9.49, really gutted thought I'd had a really good run - not so sure now.

I think the course may have gone wrong around the 8k mark as we got back into the park - very few signs and marshalls. I heard one of the marshalls say something about the runners following each other and may have missed some of the course.

If so then it's really taken the shine off a great day in other respects.

06/05/2013 at 22:27

Maybe some of us ran 10K?

06/05/2013 at 22:30

Have to say I didn't see the 8K marker, but I often miss them so wasn't that worried about it.....now I am - there was one moment coming back to the park where we were pointed by marshalls to run up the hill and it seemed a bit random but perhaps not more so than other races.

06/05/2013 at 22:38

The organisers have put on their FB page that they had to change the advertised route only yesterday and that this may have accounted for the 'shortfall' in the route. 

06/05/2013 at 22:50

Yes, I saw that. But you'd think they'd measure it accurately unless it was a big last minute rush? I'm more inclined to go with the route going wrong argument, which would be a marshall/runners failing. I wonder if it happened during the race- perhaps the first folk ran 10K perhaps and then at some point it went slightly adrift? I saw runners cutting corners myself and made sure I didn't, but that would only account for a few metres rather than 500.

07/05/2013 at 12:48

I think the problem might have been at around 8k; the runers went diagonally across the field at the top of the hill, but I suspect we were supposed to go round the edge. When I got to the exit of the field, I saw the 8k mark about 50m to my right; annoying because by my calculation I would have got a PB regardless

psm
07/05/2013 at 13:10
Paul Williams 113 wrote (see)

I think the problem might have been at around 8k; the runers went diagonally across the field at the top of the hill, but I suspect we were supposed to go round the edge. When I got to the exit of the field, I saw the 8k mark about 50m to my right; annoying because by my calculation I would have got a PB regardless

I think you're right but I don't think this alone would have accounted for the 500m difference and I remember seeing markers on the floor at this point because I almost turned around thinking I'd gone wrong - until I saw the markers.

Feel particularly sorry for anyone who would have achieved a PB - almost relieved I missed mine now!

Edited: 07/05/2013 at 13:11
07/05/2013 at 14:03

I think it is very poor to pay £17 for an event that has nearly 1000 participants that is nowhere near 10k. The km markers were all over the place...it took me nearly 7mins to run the first km and 4 mins to run the 4th km! There was definitely no 8km marker! Enjoyed the day and the weather

07/05/2013 at 14:12

Yes, a proper response would be nice from the organisers. Yes, it's a fun run, and yes, I had fun. But I also wanted to run 10K and yes I also paid a fee to run 10K not less than 10K. It wasn't a PB for me, but it was my fastest one for several years- but was it? Grrrrrrr!

1 to 20 of 33 messages
Previously bookmarked threads are now visible in "Followed Threads". You can also manage notifications on these threads from the "Forum Settings" section of your profile settings page to prevent being sent an email when a reply is made.
Forum Jump  

RW Forums