The Wyre Forest 8 is back for it's 17th year - the race that has everything - hills, mud, snow, ice, sunshine, rain and all those friendly Amazing Feet marshals. Entries are open, and the entry forms can be found at www.amazingfeet.co.uk. See you there ?
Just in case any of our finishers are on here, this is a message to the 31 runners who didn't receive their goody bag at the finish (from 63.35 onwards).
We DID order enough medals for this event, but one of the Rotarians who had packed the goody bags left 50 in his car boot - hence the panic when we ran out before the last of the 245 finishers were home.
Of the 31 of you who we badly let down, 13 then collected their bags when they arrived later. Can the 18 who didn't please contact CAMBA EVENTS so we can organise posting your medals etc out to you. If any of the 13 who DID collect their bags could get in touch, this would also help.
Our sincere apologies for this - safe to say that the gentleman in question won't do it again !!!!
Couldn't we all just throw away the Garmins and stop worrying about the distance we ran ? The race had a UK Athletics licence, and to obtain this, ANY event that is run entirely on the road and advertises a specific distance (ie half marathon) HAS TO BE MEASURED by an official course measurer, who uses a bicycle fitted with a Jones counter. The course cannot be short, and can be no more than 1% longer than advertised, which would take us up to a maximum of 13.23 miles. Unless you ran on the blue line all the way which is the official measured line, you will not measure the saem anyway, but for goodness sake, chuck the garmins/gps/satnavs away !!
Ah well, 24 hours later and I cant be bothered trawling through all the comments. It WAS an excellent race with superb medal (shame tee-shirt is the same as last year with just 09 instead of 08 - GNR & London always do a different design) and great crowd support. Facilities (NIA) were great. Atmosphere was good. My city did us proud and looked good for the day (let's face it, NO 13 mile run around B'ham can ever be scenic). Thanks Brian for being there with camera - still waiting to see my pic though. And I see we have surnames on the results now. At least I can find our club runners to add to our website (though still no club names on results). Thanks to Brian again for putting the first runners on D-K website in order : despite my resolute insistence on gun times in line with official rulings, I shall ALWAYS remind folk that my official 2:05.32 (gun) was really 1:54.12 (line to line) with an 11 minute plus wait to start !!!!
One last moan about the chip company - my line to line time on my watch (started and stopped on each mat) is 3 seconds quicker than my chip time. ?????
Sorry guys but all except Shaw are mising the whole point here.
First, under IAAF rules, the GUN TIME IS THE OFFICIAL TIME. Chip times are simply the same as when you start & stop your own wrist stopwatch as you cross both lines (why on earth do you need a Garmin to run with - they are NOT 100% accurate anyway).
The complaint is simply that when the race started, those of us in later pens (I was in the second blue wave) have been given our OFFICIAL gun time to include the 13 minutes we had to wait before starting with another gun. So come on chip timing company - knock off the difference in actual starting times for the later waves, and give us an accurate meaningful official time.
Oh - and surnames and club names would also be helpful. Quite honestly, these are some of the worst results I have seen after over 1000 races ~ and we are told that chip timing is much better ? Another excuse to charge us more methinks.
Other than the results (and that is down to the chip company, not Birmingham) the rest of the event was brilliantly organised. So come on Brum - sack the timers and replace them with a better lot, then next year's should be perfect !