Phil, why would you go researching that guy, and then put his photo up?! What's wrong with you!?
Ric, good to see you're not stewing about this. I've learnt from personal experience it doesn't do you any good. Often feels like you want to have your revenge or stick it to them, but unfortunately the best way is to rise above it.
cc- give it a little bit of time, and you'll find you can't do any race without knowing someone.
I was surprised to turn up at the Southend 10k a few years ago and know a few people. It takes quite an obscure race these days to know noone.
The A race for knowing people though, is the Marlow 5. By the time I weigh in ex club mates, pals from other clubs, ex football teammates, work people, threadsters etc, there's normally way too many people to deal with.
Silliest year was the year Man Utd played Chelsea at 4pm on the same day. Meant I had to race at 9.30 for half an hour, very quick cool down and chat with 1 or 2 people, and then get straight on the motorway!