for when the f word almost escapes ,a quick change gives you.......Oh fooor gods sake
or .......fooor coughs and colds take beechams powders
sh*t can quickly become ......shishkebab.....
blody hell can be exchanged for............blood and thunder....
and the c word is doable with..................country girls are lovley
all commonly used around here. Within the first week of a swearbox i workmate and i had enough money to by tickets for a steve vai gig ,food and drink at the gig and a fish and chip supper on the way home and that was just from tuesday to friday......factory language, you`ve got to love it.....not.
I live in the Blackcountry, and i don't know how you recruit your volunteers, but i and every one at work and home i have asked didn't see anything asking for volunteers for this race, maybe it was only sourced from Birmingham, but if so , and that was all the help you could recruit (as in numbers ,not quality, the volunteers you had worked there little socks off!!! ), widen you search area. Marshall's new very little of what to do or what was going on even though some seemed to have communications kit. How about you produce a flyer with info on just for your security, with basic info for on the day and a list of people to contact if they cant answer a question from a runner, because if they had one they didn't use it.
Signage was cr*p and thats being polite, no one knew where to go and a 8.45 people where still unsure where to go for there colour places and started to break open the barriers and just stand anywhere. As for finishing /starting further up Broad street or the other way round, i think the center ridge /cobblestones along the road would cause real problems. Birmingham has a few streets wide enough to do a start properly for your future 20,000 runners unless you close the city most of Sunday and start later, 9am, with transport the way it is just doesn't work.
Take a long look at the finishing times and see where ,in every 1/2 marathon, most people finish and concetrate on this time , its where your money is made, upset the majority and you have lost the cash here.
train your finish line staff, there is now room for error at this point of any run, even a fun run is no fun if you cannot run across the finishing line. thanks.
I also did this run, as i hadnt been able to train to much due to injury,so i turned up with the intension of just enjoying the day, i went to my correct colour area and ended up having to walk almost as soon as i crossed the start line due to the first bottle neck, then i had to dodge people walking down past the town hall, that is less than 1/4 mile! so thats how bad the situation was. The water station situation was dangerous for anyone running as they where not visible untill you where on top of them, they need to be flaged areas, not hard to do, i even stopped to open a few trays at the second water station to help other runner get water, as the poor folks ,what few there were doing the job, just could not cope..The course was ok, and as for the hill ,well thats just how some runs are. but the finish for everyone over 2 hours was just a joke. I talked to runners all along the coarse as i was taking it easy, but i still had so slow right down along the pershore road, and even though i wasnt there for P.B. time, i was peed off at havaing to run so slow along that strech, and not one Marshall was trying to stop people running the wrong side of the center barriers, even as the top placed runners where coming back down the pershore road ,passing us on the otherside of the road, and as the fifth place runner passed us( yes i was being forced into going so slow that i was able to watch the leaders pass us) a kid on a bike was ridding up the road against the flow of the lead runners......! , and as for the finnish, it was so obvious that it was the silver blanket brigade and people being told to remove there timing chips causing the hold up, an utter farse, i stood for ages getting colder and colder trying just to cross the line, my time from start to finnish on my own stop watch was 2hours and 4 mins , their clock time was 2h 15m 9 sec and my chip time was not worth the effort! I am so glad i wasnt after a fast time.
didn`t realise there was more than 1 thread on this race.....................
14,000 people, from one spot in broad street, across the ring road and into Hill street! can`t wait, sardines in a can or what. I only live about 10 miles away and i am starting out at 6.30 so that she who must be obeyed can meet up with friends for the day, and then later she can nurse me back to the car.She wants to go early so that i can pick a good place to park, and the get away easily after the run/walk /hobble. As usual i am under trained ( due to injury, spained ankle 10 days ago, calf muscle torn 6th september), injured ( due to lack of training and being over weight), over weight ( due to lack of training, injury and over eating and drinking beer) and cant wait for this ( due to being a fat idiot who whilst eating out and drunk agreed to do this). I know this area well, though only from driving around it and walking to pubs and restaurants, and some of the streets at the start are quite narrow for the amount of runners, so take it easy and forget a P.B time and just go with the flow untill it opens out a bit, and enjoy , i will try to do this, but as a Blackcountry lad i wish the place had less Brummies in it . I could do it in anything between 1.40 (when not fat, not injured and not under trained) or 2.20( when Fat, injured and under trained. i.e. now)