Gutted I missed TMW (again!) - have entered it every year - only been able to do it twice. It's got to be one of the best trail races in the UK!
I can sympathise with the plantar injury IF - the calf injury I picked up towards the end of last years Snowdonia marathon was (finally) put down to a foot issue - ultimately sorted (touch wood!) by custom made orthotics! Have you seen a podiatrist about your issue - I'm glad I did!
1st full race for me last week (having been "misdirected" in the Snowdonia half marathon last month) - the Deiniolen 10k, billed as the toughest road 10k race in the UK. Cracking little village organised race!
To be fair to Run Wales, I'm not sure what else they could do - the announcement was pretty swift in my opinion and the refund offer seemed only fair/reasonable (I know of other races, where there have been marshalling/organisation issues resulting in runners not doing the full/intended race and where no refund has been offered).
Just as well we did not have the weather of the last two days in the lead up to/during the race as Gwydir Park was flooded yesterday and the road around the finish area was under water!!
I know that there was a marshal at the (right) turning - I hadn't expected that turning (new this year) - with hind sight I should have checked about the slight changes to the course this year! I do recall seeing a cone, but there was no marshal and nothing clear to say turn around - I was just behind the 6th place runner at the time and, to be honest, I was following him.
As I said I spoke to the organiser - he was gutted about what happened and he was angry with the marshal company, who had let him down - he had asked for a marshal to be placed at the turnaround point. I would question why the marshal, who indicated to turn right, did not tell us to turnaround at the cone in X meters time - he surely knew that there was not a marshal there!? Also did he not put 2 and 2 together when runners were not coming back?? I think it is a case of a "non runner" marshal there just to earn an extra few quid
I'd also have to question the race referee - did he not do a tour of the course? If so I'd have expected him to have commented on the signage at this turnaround point.
I do know that the lad who finished 2nd did turn right and go around that cone, before joining the road back down, although I know he was "racing it" and was aware of that turning/turnaround addition to this years race.