CD - yeah, Kingston is closest parkrun, but the towpath is either too muddy or too rutted for safe sub 6 min/miling. I use that section several times a week now as it is.
SL - be good to catch up. Not sure if the marathon & ultra start at the same time or whether you'll be chasing us down. Think we do the marathon, then a 10k loop which isn't particularly inspiring; but will be a good test of will.
padams - what's the Fred Hughes 10 like? Seem to recall that you marshall there most years. It falls on my birthday in January next year & I might fancy a test of the winter fitness.
Bainspj - we work with a lot of race organisers, partly as through our pacing service www.racepacing.com - but there's a small group of runners & organisers I've been invited onto where we aim to share best practice. Many of the big commercial organisers aren't actual runners so it's definitely a good thing that they want to get runners' views on what they (as they paying customer) actually want/need.
12 & 16 this weekend as I start tapering down for the ultra in a few weeks. Moved house a month ago so loads of new routes to discover. Don't use a watch or GPS, so keep underestimating how far away certain places are and putting in bonus mileage. Equidistant now between Bushy & Richmond parkruns. Former good for a proper test against much better runners. Latter is best for the ego boost of a win/place
Many (most) races are in that hard place between being a good quality fast running race, or a mass participation event that appeals to non-regular racers. And catering for both.
Many of us on here baulk at paying £50 when all we want is a fast course and good competition, but the masses without whom the events can't go ahead demand all the expensive stuff like medals, t-shirts, goody bags etc and won't enter if they're not all laid on. Price is less of an issue.
For some commercial races, the actual sharp end is a genuine inconvenience. Many I've been to have a local radio DJ doing the commentary and as such they've no idea who any of the runners or clubs are and it's all a bit farcical. Some cut a corner by inviting a couple of Kenyans, but then you get that embarrassing gap of 10 mins to the next runner.
Plenty of good and bad out there for the industry to learn from I guess.
Padams/Wardi - thanks. Good insight. I've got involved in a small group of runners & RDs looking at current trends, what works, what doesn't etc...,always good to draw on best practice. My own view is that inviting Kenyans to local road races is counter productive. It stops the decent local runners from attending & and the watching public have no interest in no-name Africans running 10 mins ahead of the rest. Watch the Brighton marathon if you don't believe me.
Other than easy jogs & 5-a-side footie, no session since Sunday's marathon. Itchy feet already!!
How does the Abbey Dash attract such depth in talent? (350-odd between 30-36 mins). Very few races in the Uk can draw such a number of quick runners. I know it's part of the Run Britain series, but they must be doing something else right. Just interested, that's all. Perhaps someone who's done it can enlighten.
On the flip side, Gosport doesn't seem to have the same depth it used to.