Have to agree with some of the points - the start was delayed and we couldn't hear the tannoy so didn't know how long the delay was or the reasons. It's nothing new to delay the start of a race but I think the tannoy system could have been improved to let everyone know why and for how long etc (so you could have a little jog round or something).
Personally, I wouldn't have bothered with chip timing for a half with this number of entrants as it made only a few seconds difference. It does make recording the times easier plus you get instant results but why not send them in the post with the numbers if you are going to use them.
I thought the water stops were just in the right places. It's pointless having one too early in the race unless (a) you're very very slow, or (b) you have a bladder the size of a beach ball.
I've never been to a race that's offered gels, jelly babies and a jumper so I must be missing something. To be honest I just enjoy the running and carry a couple of gels with me to get around anyway - and every jelly baby adds a second to your finishing time!
I thought the free snacks and shoe trophy at the end were a nice touch - not the bag full of advertising you normally get after a race.
Hopefully the start can be sorted out for next year but I enjoyed it and would give it a Michael Winner star!
Thanks for the response. It wouldn't be non stop - I would have a rest/eat etc after each lap. That's why this event is ideal as I can break it down into 10 mile sections.
I've done a few shorter events before - there are some details on my website (www.joggling.co.uk).
The reason I'm doing this is I'm planning to joggle from Lands End to John O'Groats in a few years time. To plan for this I want to see how far I can reasonable manage in a day. To be honest I've got not idea if my legs or arms will conk out first but theres only one way to find out. I'm certainly determined to complete the entire 70 miles.
As for why? - I'm too slow to win any races but have found a way to combine two of my hobbies together. It's hard too explain but it's quite invigorating, plus it takes your mind off the running, and gives you an upper body workout at the same time.
Are the laps exactly 10 miles?, and is it an officially measured distance?. I only ask as I plan to contact Guinness(not the boozers!) ref a Joggling world record. The current Joggling records go up to 50 miles so I'm hoping to persuade them to accept this as a new record category.
I would be interested in doing this, but Joggling the course (running and juggling at the same time) and trying to set a new world record for the longest distance Joggled in 24 hours.
I've done a marathon before, but if anyone has any tips on some training between now and July to manage the other 44 miles they will be greatfully received.
If the organisers are reading this - are you happy for me to Joggle the course? (I won't get in anyones way and I have LED light up juggling balls for the night time stint) . I tried a message on the website but got no joy.
I had a ACL replacement (hamstring) 18 months ago and took running up about 12 months ago for the first time.
The most important thing after the op is to get flexibility back into the leg - your physio will give you lots of exercises that it is worth doing. I started cycling after about 6 weeks (my tip is to gradually lower the seat so it encourages you to bend your legs more and more - though you may look silly cycling home) and then went on the treadmill after about 4 months. That got me hooked on running and I ran my first 10K a few months later.
It will take time for you to feel comfortable with your leg - I had all sorts of aches and pains - but to be honest it now feels stronger than ever - in fact any aches and pains I get now are on the other leg - I 'm tempted to get an ACL replacement for that leg to even things up.
Anyhow - good luck with the operation and please ignore the doomsayers - just think about the 2010 London Marathon and 'Yes I can' .
I started running in 2002 following an encounter with a 9ft Grizzly Bear on a backpacking holiday in the Canadian Rockies. During my extensive rehabilitation I decided that learning to run at speed over long distances maybe a more advantageous survical tactic than a 3ft tent pole.
My running goals are to go faster and faster until I am but a blur in the distance. My last jaunt was 27 miles from Lincoln to Sleaford across the wild and unforgiving Lincolnshire countryside. Due to some navigational issues and trying to keep a ball in the air at all times (don't ask!) it took me about 5.5 hours.
Reasons for the training package:
My current chocolate based reward and punishment training regime has not gone as well as expected and I am now struggling to catch the bus to the training ground. My counsellor has repeatedly suggested that I seek professional help. I thought that the RW coaches sounded quite professional and may be able to help in achieving my goal time of 2.5 hours.