Wokingham half marathon cancelled

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07/02/2014 at 15:28

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7.2.14 15:30.  We are sorry to announce that Sunday’s race has been cancelled due to flooding on the course, this is 8 inches deep, still rising and is overflowing from the ditches Please return your timing chip in it’s prepaid envelope directly to Sport Systems.

07/02/2014 at 15:51

Reading 5 still on!

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07/02/2014 at 15:59

this sucks... anyone any idea which part of the course is flooded, I guessing up near Hurst...

07/02/2014 at 16:03

gutted - won't hit my 100 at Reading now

07/02/2014 at 22:42
What a set of idiots, could not organise a drink up in a brewery!

Why call it off today? It's probably the best day we have had for about 3 weeks, so the course cannot have become worse. If they relied on the forecast then that has been the same all week. It's a nonsense.

Personally I have driven 300 miles booked 2 nights in a hotel, all lost because of these jokers. All of it could have been avoided and then they top it off by not giving refunds!

It's a lot easier to just cancel, they get to keep the money anyway.
07/02/2014 at 22:48

It's not the weather on the day, it's the weather leading up to it. Have you noticed that there's been a bit of rain? The council closed some of the roads on the course, not the race organizers.

Also, you seem to have missed the bit where they say they're carrying entries over to next year.

It's a pity you've lost out with the travel and hotel, but that unfortunately is the risk we take when entering races in advance.

The Wokingham organizers deserve praise for doing all they could but giving us advance notice of the cancellation. Also, a few years back they also cancelled but reran it in summer. So these guys are conscientious. I understand you being pissed off but I think your rant is unfair.

07/02/2014 at 23:21

In one of the villages the race goes through, residents are not currently able to flush their toilets, as their 'output' comes straight up into the gardens. 

 

07/02/2014 at 23:30
Since they have called it off it has been heavy rain continuously.
It's not ideal but they cannot predict the worst storms in nearly 30 years back when the opened for entries last yr.
it's just one of the risks you take when signing up for events. If you want to lower the risk run a local one where travel / hotels are not needed.
08/02/2014 at 06:57

The organizers have been excellent . Totally back their decision. 

08/02/2014 at 07:16

Two risks in becoming a racing tourist.

The first is the possibility that an injury will stop you running at all. And the second, booking up for an expensive race in a far off place which is then called off.

 

seren nos    pirate
08/02/2014 at 07:41

very unusual for the organisers to carry entries over,,........amazing decsion as they must already have paid out for things this year.....

the majority of races now keep the money and any excess either helps the club or is donated to charity.........

the chip company alone must be a large bill as they were all sent out etc alreadyt.....and the postage.......

 

even if they had kept the money there is no point in moaning.....it happens......its only a race.if you woke up with a sickness bug then its just one of those things bad luck and you have to miss it..

 

08/02/2014 at 13:47
shin splints wrote (see)
What a set of idiots, could not organise a drink up in a brewery!

Why call it off today? It's probably the best day we have had for about 3 weeks, so the course cannot have become worse. If they relied on the forecast then that has been the same all week. It's a nonsense.

Personally I have driven 300 miles booked 2 nights in a hotel, all lost because of these jokers. All of it could have been avoided and then they top it off by not giving refunds!

It's a lot easier to just cancel, they get to keep the money anyway.

What a crazy post, we'll put it down to disappointment.

If you're in the area, just go and have a little jog around the route...might possibly find it a little wet...

08/02/2014 at 16:14

I appreciate being told well in advance that the race is off, and pleasantly surprised our entries will be carried forward to 2015.

Well done the organisers.

Also spare a thought for the people living in Hurst whose homes are flooded and are without lavatory facilities - puts our disappointment into perspective.

Rafiki    pirate
08/02/2014 at 16:35

I've just driven round the course - in a Land Rover. No way it could be raced tomorrow. Well done to Mr Evans and his team.

And Shin Splints - water levels will continue to rise for 48 to 72 hours after the rain has stopped as the water works its way through the hydrological system - so yes, the conditions may get worse - and its pissing down here (1 mile from the start line) right now!

09/02/2014 at 19:23

Council comment; puddles on the road cannot run it as its a risk of to health and safety. Dont make me laugh. Running in itself is an health and safety risk!

I cant wait for my free entry and to do it all again next year - talk about blind faith....

 

 

09/02/2014 at 20:19
Why not do another half in the next couple of weeks? Shame to let the fitness go to waste.
10/02/2014 at 12:25

Those of you who think that the race should not have been cancelled please read this article from the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26111598 (Hurst is one of the areas the race goes through) and I quote:

"Another resident Paul Palmer, who lives in the village of Hurst told BBC Radio Berkshire: "I've lived here for 44 years and I've never known anything like it. Every entrance, every exit to Hurst is flooded now. We've had no use of our toilets since Friday morning, our sewers are completely blocked and it's starting to back up into the toilet. The council won't offer an emergency toilet unless you're a council tenant. It's like going back to the dark ages. You'd think they could get at least one chemical toilet cubicle at the local village hall or something."

10/02/2014 at 12:38
shin splints wrote (see)
What a set of idiots, could not organise a drink up in a brewery!

Why call it off today? It's probably the best day we have had for about 3 weeks, so the course cannot have become worse. If they relied on the forecast then that has been the same all week. It's a nonsense.

Personally I have driven 300 miles booked 2 nights in a hotel, all lost because of these jokers. All of it could have been avoided and then they top it off by not giving refunds!

It's a lot easier to just cancel, they get to keep the money anyway.

 

Maybe you should threaten to sue for paying for a goods and service not provided. You might get your money back for a price. Don't even talk about a class action.

10/02/2014 at 12:51

Another backing for the organisers, who have done everything they could.  Wokingham is one of the best organised races out there, and the people who put this on are top notch.  I don't see how they could have played this differently.

Presumably your 300m drive plus 2 nights was Friday/Saturday (I am assuming this because if it was Sat/Sun a simple check of your e-mail on Friday could've prevented a wasted journey)?  If so, presumably you wanted to use the Saturday to take in the ambience of the area, which you could still have done, so there was no need for it to have been an entirely wasted journey.  You could have seen some of Bracknell's charming town centre before they tear it down.

10/02/2014 at 13:00

have to echo what Dachs has said. this is a fantastic race and the organizers called it right and gave adequate notice.

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