Well done to the organisers for at last installing a urinal in the Green Start. Oddly the queues for the sit-downs seemed longer than ever, so seems like there's still work to do there.
However, the new start with the 90 degree bend after 200 yards simply doesn't work. I was one of the first people in pen 1 and I was still badly held up. It is already a real pain because of the senseless way the "celebrities" start in front of the sub-3 runners, which in my 4 starts there has caused confrontations every single time. Now it's a lot worse because there's also a tight bend to negotiate.
Not sure what the thinking was in moving it, but it needs to go back to where it was.
starting slower is usually a good idea
Yeah, true, but when you're lined up with a load of people looking to go sub 2:45 to sub 3 and a crowd just in front on the celeb section are talking about whether they should go 8:30s or 8:45s from the off...carnage!
My thoughts on the green start echo the above. There was definitely no urinals there last year, hence loads of people using the back of the portaloos as an unofficial urinal. The proper urinals worked very well. I thought the queues for the toilets were less than last year but still a little on the long side.
Apart from struggling to fit into pen 1 for the start (There were slightly more runners allocated than there was space) I think the start was slightly less arduous than last year's (Where if I recall it narrowed immediately after the start).
It still baffles me why they insist on putting GFA runners right behind the celebrities. In my bid to just get into my running 'groove', I, and hundreds of other similar paced runners had to battle past the world's oldest person (sic) and his entourage of flag waving plumping groupies; a group of Coronation St esque hand holding walkers; the spear waving Masai warriors, and many others, whom, apart from the dubious tag of 'celebrity', would normally have no right to be anywhere near the front of a race pack, for safeties sake more than anything else.
I was actually bemoaning this to a runner whilst racing yesterday, how it is the same every year etc., when we came up behind a female runner wearing nothing but a bra and thong (And her male partner wearing the same). That soon shut us up and made us reflect that maybe it wasn't such a bad thing not starting behind the Kenyans where they should put us...
Apologies for duplicating Ironbloke's other thread on exactly this topic.
The suggestion there is that we should write to the manager of the green start: Mark Griffiths, Start Manager, Marathon House, 115 Southwark Street, London SE1 OJF.
I don't see why they don't start the celebs on the Red start, now that that seems to be the main charity start. Its much wider too.
The whole point about the green start is that is allows older runners, who are nevertheless 'Good for their age' to get a decent race. I'd even move the under 40 GFAa s off it, and put them behind the championship runners on the Blue start
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