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.
its 2 mountains and 1 hill in the middle (which i find the real killer that softens you up for waunfawer). i did the same thing, wouldn't do it until id broke the sub 3 mark. and haven't done it for a year or two because old farther time is catching up with me and best performances will soon be a thing of the past (hence why targeting pb courses)
I'm jealous that your doing silver-stone, so wish to do that one as I'm a fan of f1. but it clashes with 20m races that i only get a crack at once a year.
all the best which ever you decide to do and don't take race predictors too seriously for your first one. when you put other distances in they are notorious for predicting way too fast a times.mara's are not very forgiving beasts, and can make your first not the enjoyable experience it should be.
p.s. every welsh/eng mara runner should have snod on their cv, absolute gem of a race