I was quite disappointed by the organisation of this event for a number of reasons;
- the signposted parking was apparently due to be locked at 1pm, which was not great for slow half marathon runners or people hanging around for the kids race
- we were supposed to get carnival entry, which was a major reason for us making this a family event. The carnival wasn't even there as apparently it had been moved some miles away ages ago !
- toilet provision, as mentioned above, simply wasn't good enough
- on the 10k, which I did, a marshal actually directed a number of us down what turned out to be a shortcut - completely screwing up any thoughts of a PB. I only did 5.2 miles - and told the organisers so at the end - but despite that the results show me as first MV50, depriving the rightful owner of that spot. A number of other people did the same thing and are also therefore distorting the results.
Very disappointing, and I definitely won't be doing this event again.
Very belated report, but I did indeed do it. The bus system to the start works well and I found the course reasonably straightforward. There are a few stupid issues - if you are doing the 10k and you are fast you will catch up everyone running slower than about 4 hr pace, meaning some very fast guys need to thread their way through hundreds of marathon plodders - not really a problem for the marathon runners but probably very annoying if you are an elite 10k runner.
Minimal support except for the last half mile, which is quite a tough uphill finish which I really enjoyed - nice finish to a generally fairly flat race. Same medal given to half marathoners which seemed a bit odd.
Next race in Turkey will be the Cappadoccia 110k in October.
Looks good - I may do it as a post birthday run Terry, being on the 100MC site isn't a requirement for inclusion in their count. There are quite a few runs which aren't, either because they don't ask or don't want to be...
Transfers are allowed, and deferrals may free a few places up - I would expect April to be the best bet as people often drop if a spring marathon didn't go according to plan. The Facebook page will be the best way of grabbing one as quite a few people have asked so they won't hang around long.