Howdy doody everyone , hope all the running is going well? i thought it was time i said hello. Boy this race is coming up very quickly. After a few years pb chasing i thought it was about time i came back to my all time fav mara.
It's been a few years since I've ran it but as i recall. I personally felt that while the course is potentially fast, and i did do a significant pb. I felt i could do better on others, the course suited a small number of the field. The sub 3: 15-30 group as their wasn't enough runners faster than that to protect you from the coastal winds and above that the route was a bit crowded. You also as well as the wind have to factor heat into the equation that can be an issue some years.
Thanks pink, with all the events I'd forgot about him taking photo's
With regards to the Marshall/lead car driver, I don't blame him, he/her are also victim of the ongoing problems with this event. Which is the reapted reoccurring problems with the organisation of the race.
this use to be a cracking race and a highlight in the racing year.
sadly their has been questionable decisions / actions the last 4yrs. I complained to them last year about their being no water until 7m. which is in breech of uka rules that states it has to be every 5k! I've had problems in the past with my kidneys so take hydration very seriously. I thought they had sorted this as I did glimpse water but no one drinking (I carried/ drank my own water at 3m) but clearly not. this makes me think they aren't listening or taking their responsibilities seriously!
this year its communication, I new from the website the route had changed and looked for maps in registration, I couldn't find one (the first of many mistakes). they failed to communicate on all levels. I personally find it in these modern times it hard to believe they didn't know the route was long beforehand and it gives the impression that they kept it quite so runners didn't ask for their money back!
when this race didn't use to fill up it ran like clockwork, however these days their seems to be an arrogance that has set in. they are not listening to runners, or learning from their mistakes! they are giving club races a bad name!
while I always like to try and support local club races these have run out of chances and I'm gonna look for something else next year.