I have been running in local and national races for a lot of years, marathons, half marathons, 10k's the whole shebang and I don't think it unreasonable that when I pay my hard earned to participate in them that I should expect certain basics, such as being able to run on the road safely (i.e marshals), having personnel who can deal with emergencies (i.e St Johns) and having water at drink stations. I ran in the Ferriby 10 today which had one drinks station at the half way, 5 mile point. I approached it at 52 minutes with a mouth like the bottom of a budgies bird cage expecting to be able to obtain a drink, guess what, no water, they had run out. I know that a cup of water will never replace the amount of fluid already lost but the psychological benefit of slaking your thirst after a mouth full of jelly babies is immense and I cannot believe that there was no water left after roughly half the field had passed. It isn't as though it was the first time this race has been organised so how was this allowed to happen. Major FUBAR, major school boy error, not good enough I'm afraid! Not everyone wants to carry drinks with them during a race and shouldn't have to, organisers, get a grip please!
ppl walking is not important, you have to try your best if you have to walk parts then so be it by no means say you are unfit. i had to walk a small part just over the bridge but then was fine the rest of the way and finished in 1hr 55 not bad for a first half marathon.
Should have been more specific, I am referring to the people (and I'm sure you must have passed a few yourself) who where walking more or less from the start who were obviously in distress, huffing and puffing, sounding like they were about to keel over, who obviously (and its not rocket science to spot them) were not fit enough/had not done the training for such a difficult race under difficult conditions.
I've ran the half on several occasions and it is a tough course, I actually passed people walking in the first mile or two, I am by no means a racing snake and at 54 years of age I listen to my body and take it easy if I am starting to flag, but there were definitely many people who entered the event who basically and obviously shouldn't have because they are not fit enough and don't appreciate what they are taking on, and although we cannot at this stage say if the conditions contributed to Mr Good's death, I for one will not compete in the event again until it is moved to earlier or later in the year. A sad day and my thoughts are with the family of Mr Good.