In short: Water Farce In full: I've supported this race every year since it came back, but as the race has grown in status the organisers have failed to keep pace and this was evident on Sunday.
Toilet facilities in the hall were inadequate with the queue out of the building into the carpark.
1st water station had one girl on it who was still setting up as runners were arriving,she tried her best but simply could not cope and was soon overwhelmed.
2nd station,When I got there we were told there was a limit of one cup only as we were told they were down to their last 5 litres (I got there in sub 1.40 pace so don't know how slower people behind coped) and runners were even asking the St.Johns Ambulance for water ! 3rd station almost 1.5 miles further on from where it should have been.
I (and several other runners)made a point of tracking down the Race Director at the finish and and pointing out these issues. We all know that drinks stations are a basic necessity and that dehydration can have significant effects both mentally and physically and whether they like it or not Race Organisers have a duty of care to look after the health and welfare of runners who participate in their events.
The upshot was the R.D disputed that there were any problems with lack or drinks station staff or water shortages and was totally dismissive of these issues and disinterested in our concerns.(despite the fact that we were are all experienced club runners not novices)
I note that "Nice-work" have other events planned for later in the year including a trip to the Himalayas (which until Sunday I was considering doing) but after this fiasco I would not feel confident about their ability to deliver or to look after the welfare of runners in their care.
I would respectfully suggest that they need to get the basics sorted before trying to be more ambitious.
The reputation of this race and it's organiser)is as far as I am concerned is in tatters and at present I would not recommend this race to anyone. Date of review: March 18, 2010