I will take a lo fi club-organised race over a big event race any time but this was appallingly organised. All the criticisms above are fair, and while I would excuse the foibles of an honest and value-for-money race this was £16, so not exactly cheap.
What did they spend the entry money on? None of the roads were closed and I didn't see any medical staff on the route. The water came in cups, the prize at the end was a loaf of bara brith which I'm sure the sponsors supplied. We even had to send a stamped SAE to get our generic unchipped race numbers sent back.
The marshalls were crap. None could tell me what distance we had run, and even more disappointingly were able to offer no help whatsoever when my girlfriend pulled out after 8 miles with a hip injury. Help like the quickest way back to the finish (she was in the middle of Wrexham industrial estate and doesn't know the area), never mind actual medical help! I get that they are volunteers, but they do actually have a responsibility, otherwise they're just people in yellow bibs.
I'm so pissed off, this is a local race to me and it was embarassing. I hope the organisers take on board the criticism and do a much better job next year, as this event could be ace. Today it was a joke.
I hope future articles offer a bit more insight than this. Drink water and eat protein and carbohydrate to recover, well duh. And no examination of different ratios for different types of training, which I would have found useful.
I saw Gary Speed (RIP indeed) a couple of years back running the London Marathon, looking unhappy as a big gang of Welsh fans failed to notice him (they were hugging their own runner to be fair), and also Nell McAndrew last year. This year I saw Jonathan Pierce (football commentator) looking very tired around mile 18 and Cheryl Baker at the same point with a couple of very glum looking friends.
While running I've gone past Alan Davies (from QI) outside Highbury tube station.