quite excited about the new course - this has always been a great race, always fast, always well organised other than the crunch to get to the start - which they have now sorted. If any race can get the best out of you, this one will!!!
This evening an email arrived from the organisers saying: Dear Runner, Great News! We are pleased to tell you that the Romsey 5 Miles Road Race on Sunday will, after all, be run over the same course as last year, and not be confined to the Romsey Industrial Estate. It will follow the course shown on the map contained in the race information booklet, via Fishlake Meadows, Cupernham Lane, Woodley Lane, Braishfield Road and Sandy Lane. Richard Dean on behalf of Concept Sport
I've just received my number, and I see that the route has changed to be..5 laps of the industrial estate! No thanks! This is NOT the race I signed up for. If this is down to policing then the organisers should have sorted that out months ago.
If road closure is an issue then surely the route should move to the ideal setting- start in Broadlands Park, head out towards Lee, then back to Broadlands. That would be a perfect, flat 5, on quiet country lanes and tracks, and really show you the beauty of a part of Romsey, rather than the industrial estate.
Get it sorted, Concept Sports! Otherwise next year you'll be lucky to have 50 entries.
This was my first GSR, and I was delighted to hook a PB at 69:14. I must agree with Stuart Haynes about Buster Keaton! When I rounded the corner my pace fell by 30 secs/mile in the first 100yards, so I reckon I lost a good minute down the seafront.
I'd have to agree about the start phases. The orange banding is too broad - I was coming across much slower runners in the first 200yards, who were clearly out of place. I know they'd like a good clear track - wouldn't we all - but when I come across runners who have started in the first few rows, who set off steadily, Ipod in, head down, and likely to finish a good 20 minutes after the person starting behind you (judging by your initial pace), I can't help feel that it won't feel fantastic to have about 4000 runners pass you as you go,and nor is it courteous to your fellow racers. Smaller 'waves' more closely linked to finishing time is surely the way to go.