I've just dropped down 11 places too. My finishing position on the Great Run website has changed about 4 or 5 times now since Sunday evening. How can they get chip timing so wrong? Makes you wonder about other races...
My Garmin clocked it at 13.2 miles but if you look at the map on the activity on Garmin Connect you can see where the GPS went slightly wrong and recorded the extra distance. Also if you look at the satellite map at the start and where the two start routes converge the distances look about the same whether you take the right or left route.
One thing I do know is I'll never start on the left again, I spent so long weaving around slow runners from the r/h side it was a joke. I even swore at a couple of them, I was so frustrated. Felt bad after as it wasn't their fault.
Couldn't agree more. I spent most of the race trying to pick my way through the field. There were runners in the first orange wave who started on the right hand side walking before the 2 mile marker. As mentioned by "pjath84" as well.. really no idea why 4 guys pushing a bobsleigh were in the orange wave! Maybe to be in the Orange wave you should have to provide a previous UKA result to suggest that you should be in there?
Kind of feel "lucky" the weather was alright because hanging round at the start for god knows how long would have been even worse if it was cold/wet.
Having watched the New York Marathon on tv a few times I can't say it's ever looked that appealing to me with the exception of the last few miles through Central Park. I'm sure it's a great atmosphere though.
Don't know that much about the Chicago one but it is known as the "Windy City"!
I guess it depends on what you're looking for. PB, the experience...etc?