Mudchute Live 22/04/2012
Personally I think it is more important to keep the rain off than to worry about the cold. You are going to be packed in like sardines so there will be plenty of body heat, but if you get wet early on then you can get chilled, so a bin bag is ideal.
If you chose to discard clothes or bin bags at the start then please do so responsibly so that you don't take out any other runners. At the start there is literally standing room only and you will not be able to see the road in front of you as you are pushed along by those further back, so any obstruction left on the road could literally break someones leg. There is plenty of room along the side of the pens where you can leave stuff out of the way.
Discarded clothes are collected afterwards and donated to charity so anything you leave won't go to waste.
Tommygun2 wrote (see)
ok what are the red laces for ?
I think if you wear red laces Heart UK get a donation for each runner wearing them, I will have to look through the mag for more info
Gulp! Didn't even think about facilities whilst in the pens, and I'm the worst for holding anything in on race days! I hear Pampers do some pretty large sizes.
So, 6769 is the number. Blue start, which I understand is the hugest. It does say in the magazine that there are zones allocated on the basis of predicted finishing time. Does anyone know when or on what basis these zones are allocated? Does this happen at registration or was it already pre-done on the basis of times we suggested when entering?
Caz, harsh. I hope things will shortly be better.
The red start is the busiest one. Blue is quite nice as it is ballot places and club runners so very few people in costumes and a lot of them understand how races work.
You will find out your pen number when you get your race number at the expo. It is the small number in the bottom corner, typically from 1-9.
You don't have to get into your pens until quite close to the start. You can start in the pen that is designated to you, or any pen behind that. So if you are assigned pen 4 but your friend who you want to run with is in pen 7 then you can both start in pen 7 together, but he cannot move forward to pen 4. There are marshals at the entrance to each pen who will help you if you are unsure, and they will only let you into the correct one. However, having done that role I can tell you that a heck of a lot of people try to take the piss and the mashals sometimes have to physically create a barrier to prevent people doing what they like. By the time the race starts they have lost all sense of humour so please be kind to them.
About 5 min before the start the tape seperating the pens is cut so that everyone is bunched up in one big long line.
And don't forget that it is chip timed, so if you do miss the start then you can join in at the back and not be penalised for a late start.
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