Thanks for all your comments, both here and in the ratings. I would like to point out that the reason that there are so many club runners at this race is that it is a Surrey County championship, and, at least for Ranelagh, it is one of the races in our road racing points prize. Also, quite a few of the runners wearing club vests are beginners, since 10k is a good race distance to start at. People who belong to running clubs are not necessarily elite runners! 4 of the last 5 finishers at the Dysart Dash were club runners. We also hope to start this race one hour earlier next year, so it may be a bit cooler!
I had a little trouble finding this thread, so this is kind of past history, but if anybody out there is still listening, the marshalls would like to commend the runners on their good humour and willingness to be marshalled, and that so many did say hi or thanks etc as they went by made our job that much more enjoyable! Hope to see you all again next year.
hi, I'm the organiser, for my sins! There look like there should be entries on the day for £10, but only up to the limit. If you posted an entry Monday or Tuesday, your number will be at the Clubhouse for pickup starting at 8:30 til 9:30 Sunday morning. As of today, there are about 100 places left, max, and I am still receiving postal entries for number pickup on Sunday - so make plans accordingly......... Yes, there has always been a water station just after halfway around, and the mile markers are every mile. Hope to see you all, and that it isn't too hot, too wet or too cold.... where does that leave us? cheers
The pacing groups are great in theory, but I have run with them three times now in my training for FLM, three different years, and each time found them demoralising - the pacer for the second slowest group never seems to be able to run slowly enough. For example, this year, the 10:30 pacing group finished the first lap of Richmond Park, which is about 7.4 or 7.5 miles, in 75 minutes - no wonder I had trouble keeping up! A couple of times during the lap, those of us at the back found ourselves strung way out behind, then the pacer would put on the brakes and all would bunch up for a while, then gradually speed back up! I don't think I will be trying for a fourth time.