I think that's the whole point. As Roger Mills says - it's not for regular runners. The council will be there as will local press, Points West etc. Those that like to do such things will dress up, then walk after 10 minutes. It sours races for me I'm afraid. I have memories of turning up for the Gloucester Half in the park a few years ago only to be told police cancelled it last minute and we all had to go to Newent. To be fair, I suppose you have to pay for those things these days which is why so many races are going to Airfields/GP circuits/Stately Homes. Health and Safety, which most people seem to think is a disgrace, has a lot to answer for!!