Why have races

early on a Sunday morning?

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18/03/2009 at 10:53

when

a) having them later would make it easier for people to get to them (and maybe have a spot of breakfast beforehand without having to get up at 6am)

b) having them on a Saturday a.m. would enable people to enjoy the rest of their weekend

I mean, I like running. But I like beer too.

18/03/2009 at 10:57
I've been thinking about this recently too.. Mainly down to the fact that I've signed up for a 9am race next Sunday which means getting up at half 6 to ensure I've finished my breakfast 2 hours prior to running and as the clocks go forward that day I'll actually be getting up at the equivalent of half 5.. Not a happy bunny I can tell you.
18/03/2009 at 10:58
Road closures, etc.  It's generally easiest to hold them at the quietest times.  Also, fewer people work on Sundays.
18/03/2009 at 10:58
Sunday is ok for me as i work on saturdays,I personally like them fairly early as it leaves you time to chill afterwards.
18/03/2009 at 10:58

Probably because there's less traffic on Sundays?  Or used to be, anyway.

I don't mind the early start though - it means you've got the rest of the day to do things (like scoff a huge roast dinner and lie on the sofa).

18/03/2009 at 11:07
Wilkie wrote (see)

Probably because there's less traffic on Sundays?  Or used to be, anyway.

I don't mind the early start though - it means you've got the rest of the day to do things (like scoff a huge roast dinner and lie on the sofa).


fair enough

a 10k that sarts at 10am though is over by 11am ...

cougie    pirate
18/03/2009 at 11:11
Its traditional. Less traffic on Sundays, and less people work Sundays than Saturdays.

Runners have it easy though - Bike races kick off about 7am on Sundays - a mid morning run is far easier to cope with.
18/03/2009 at 11:13
I usually have to cook the huge roast dinner before I get to scoff it!
18/03/2009 at 11:15

In the summer it avoids people getting overheated/sunburned?

18/03/2009 at 11:21
Actually prefer them earlier rather than later, because I can't eat for three hours before, so I'd rather get it over and done with so I can finally have my breakfast.  I think Saturdays would be a good idea for Marathons though.
18/03/2009 at 11:28

yep there are obviously good reasons for it, traffic being the most obvious 

but the Wimbledon 10k on Sunday (9am) is along roads that aren't closed (bit daft really when they've got the Common isn't it?)

18/03/2009 at 11:39
Then it wouldn't be a road race? 
18/03/2009 at 11:43

heh, ok - I understand road race to mean the surface. Aren't there plenty of 'road races' round parks - along the paved paths / roads of parks?

18/03/2009 at 11:48

I don't mind the early start though - it means you've got the rest of the day to do things (like scoff a huge roast dinner and lie on the sofa).

I usually have to cook the huge roast dinner before I get to scoff it! 

Ditto Wilkie - in both cases

Edited: 18/03/2009 at 11:48
18/03/2009 at 11:48

I don't know of any - all the ones I've ever done have been on proper roads.

The only park one was a Cancer Research thing in Hyde Park, and I doubt if that was counted as a 'road race'.

18/03/2009 at 11:51

Apart from the road closure issue, An earlier start means you have the rest of the day free to spend time recovering / in the pub / with family.

Our local 10k race starts at 1pm on a Sunday and that really is a pain in the neck - it means hanging around all morning in the house or in the garden waiting for the time to near. Also by the time you finish, cool down, etc it's nearly 3pm, and too late for lunch, but a bit early to go home for the rest of the day.

18/03/2009 at 11:54

yeah, 1pm's daft

ok, I stand corrected re. the term 'road race' - I'm relatively new to this race lark

18/03/2009 at 11:55
still think Saturday would be a better day though
18/03/2009 at 12:14
me too. I'm running Reading in a couple of weeks. Clocks going forward and all that the night before....it's a cruel joke......
cougie    pirate
18/03/2009 at 12:15
Feel free to organise a Saturday race then ?
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