The race itself was mostly great, in terms of the course, marshalling and support, but the rest of the logistics just hadn't been worked out properly.
my husband was supporting, and the buses out to the bike hotspot almost didn't happen at all, and when they did the waiting was long and unnecessary, the drivers didn know where they were going, and apparently some were called in at the very last minute.
Gripes from my point of view were;
no clarity about whether white bags would be brought back until the last minute
huge queues in and out of Shugborough
one-way practice swim, so you had to walk back in bare feet on unmatted road.....
....and same road was still not matted on race day, making a horrible run to T1
Lack of loos at start
Ttotal chaos at T-shirt table, they just seemed paralysed with confusion, and eventually although my shirt fits beautifully, it's a relay one! (Happy to swap/donate a wimmins small, if any relay member didn't get one...)
Having said all that, I enjoyed my weekend, and despite (yet another) swim shocker, coming into T1 38th in my AG, ended up 2nd.
I hope they do resolve the logistics issues, as it's a great venue and lovely course. In some ways it must be harder to process a half than full distance, as the majority will turn up the day before, and it's all over in a shorter time. It may not be possible to sort that out with the current set-up.