Having been a Race Director myself I can see the awkward situation that the Sheffield Half Race Commitee find themselves in. The lack of a refund is pretty standard unless they have event cancellation insurance. The costs of hiring portaloos ~ £500, St Johns Ambulance ~ £500, Road Clsoures ~ £400 to £1000 even more for a major city event, Medals (if 1000 runners @ £1 per medal thats another £1000), Goody bag/tshirts (if included) are ~ £3 per person so ~ £3000 for 1000 people. Also race pack production, gantry rental, maybe paid marsahalls. Its likely that the up front costs would be around £10k so there's very little chance they could offer a full refund as a large chunk of money has been spent. As for the whole; getting water bottles delivered early... I recall a few years ago that water/lucozade bottles were left on the Edinburgh marathon route and got knicked over night leaving the slower runners with less water thant they'd probably like. Its a shame but hopefully the Race organsisers will have some legal recorse against their supplier (if indeed it was the suppliers fault). I'm not going to judge; not at least untill I've got the event I'm directing completed with out issue (glass houses, stones, etc)
I'm a 29 year old male and for about 9 months I've been on a somewhat rigorous regime of diet and excercise. My average daily intake in terms of calories is ~ 2000 per day monday to friday and then prob nearer ~3000 per day saturday and sunday. I'm carefull what I eat, only the odd bit of junk (choc or chrisps) to give me a mental lift, mostly a decent balance of veg and meats, somewhat low on carbs, I will admit.
My normal training regime consists of:
Monday: Circuit training at luchtime (high/med intensity ~ 40 min),
Tuesday: Quick Run inEvening (~6.5 miles @ 7:15 Min/Mile ave)
Wednesday: Rest day
Thursday Circuit training at luchtime (high/med intensity ~ 40 min) + medium intensity Run inEvening (~6.5 miles @ 7:45 Min/Mile ave)
Friday: Swim evening (between 50 to 70 lengths of 25 meter pool ~ 40 min)
Sunday: Long run (10-12 miles, @ 8:15 Min/Mile ave)
I've now added an additional day of training for a triathlon i'm looking to do:
Saturday: Swim (between 50 to 70 lengths of 25 meter pool ~ 45 min) + Bike (26 miles or so, ~1:35 ish)
I've found that with my previous regime the weight has just dropped off, (1.5 stone in 10 months) and my times over all distances have come right down.
My problem is I now find myself getting fatigued more often now than not. The obvious awnser would be to up my calorie intake and take on more carbs but with that comes the inevitable risk of weight gain and I'm back to my slow, fat self from last year. I allready supplement my diet with post session sports drinks. I was wondering if there's a simple solution of maintaining my current levels in term of weight whilst also combatting the fatigue issue.
Firstly let me say, well done to all those who completed the event this year. As a New Forest Runner I was Marshalling at around the 7 or 8 Mile marker (I forget which) just before the last water station, and it was excellent to see so many people enjoying the event.
On the Ipod front:
Ipod and personnal audio equipment are banned for safety reasons. The New Forest 10 Route is run on a combination of Forest tracks and Road Routes, both of which are open to the pedestrians, cyclists and Cars as well as those running the event. There are also wild animals (horse's, Ponies, Deer, etc) which around the forest.
If, as a runner ,you are unable to hear a race marshall (who are there for your safety) warning you of a hazard because you are listening to your Ipod (or whatever) you become a danger to yourself and those around you. Speaking from personal experience, when I'm hot and have run several miles I'm not mentally "with-it", combine this fatigue with a personal audio device and you are asking for an accident.
I believe the marshalls do have the ability to remove runners from the event who flout the safety rules. If anyone however does feel that the ban on such equipment was not clear on sign-up, I will happily refer this to the organising commitee.
On the Rubbish front (as per the original post):
99% of the runners who complete the event show a high level of respect, both to the forest and fellow runners. Unfortunately there are always going to be some people who litter. Potentially a note could be added in the event pack about not leaving waste around the forest.
Glad everyone enjoyed the event this year. I, and most of the race marshall's, ran the course on the Saturday evening in the rain (as New Forest Runners members can't enter the actual event). First time I've run the course and thought it was great. It was brilliant to see so many runners on the day, I look forward to seeing you all next year.