In short: Well organised as usual, but with the odd glitch In full: A week after the event I was looking for the results for the race which don’t seem to have appeared on the ECS web-site when I came across these observations below. It was a very warm day and I was gasping for water at the end, and therefore did not take any notice of my finish time.
I think, as others have commented , the race was generally well-organised. The route in the woods was varied terrain, but extremely well marshalled, with water at 2km and 8km. But on the down-side the pre-race instructions were inaudible. A cheap hand-held megaphone is something like £70, and so if you can’t afford one, use a football whistle or let off a couple of fireworks to alert the runners to the starter’s instructions. However more fundamentally having no water at the finish is an absolute travesty. I have seen what happens to people with even mild dehydration and it is not a pleasant experience.
As someone else has already mentioned I too know how difficult it is to organise a race, and I assume both these points were a simple oversight. Being organised by a PTA means that the committee is composed of a rolling membership, which can obviously lead to a lack of continuity.
I see that last year I suggested the race could be improved by starting and finishing on the green with extra distance added in the woods to compensate for the half-mile along Milbourne Lane. Does any one else agree please?
Anyway I will be looking forward to running the event in 2014
In short: A well-organised event. In full: The race was extremely well organised. There were plenty of marshalls and other parts of the course were marked with arrows.
I hope you will organise the event next year on the same basis but with a start time in the morning, say 10.00am. This will be much less disruptive and remove the likelihood of shoppers obstructing the runners in the High Street. Date of review: June 8, 2012
In short: Excellent event - very well organised. In full: This must be one of the best 10km races in Surrey. There is something about the friendly atmosphere.
There were plenty of marshalls in the woods and the distance markers (in km) were accurately positioned. The only area of improvement was the final half mile along Milbourne Lane. It was not clear where you were meant to cross the road, and the finish was too clustered with cars and children.
With this is mind, perhaps the course could be redesigned so that you finish on the green by the Swan public house and add an extra half mile in the woods. Date of review: May 8, 2012
In short: As usual a well-organised and worthwhile event. Well Done. In full: One suggestion for improving the route......
This may be to use the school as a race HQ, but to then "walk" the runners down to the Green (half a mile away) and start and finish the race on the Green at the foot of Arbrook Lane. You will need to compensate by adding extra distance in the woods.
This would then avoid the traffic along Milbourne Lane. (Most people noticed the guy in the Jag at the start who sat there impatiently sounding his horn).