It's got to be FOOD! At Market Drayton this year, finishers got a crate of 8(!!) Muller yoghurts, pork pie, sausage roll, and a beer voucher for a local pub. There was even more stuff that I can't remember but those were the highlights from an excellent cheap local race.
I'm a middle of the pack runner so being truly first is never going to be an issue but I think for it be a proper 'race' then the winner is the first past the post. If you want count chip times then it's a time trial.
My school PE lessons were kinda alright apart from hockey, swimming and football. I really enjoyed track and field, tennis, trampolining and gymnastics. The facilities were pretty crap and we didn't shower after sports, just went straight to our next class
Only properly got into sport at 17 when I met my then boyrfriend who played squash and wanted me to join in. Bloomin loved it and became seriously obsessessed! I still play now and compete in a local league.
Recently there's been an effort on the part of England Squash to get more women into the sport which we desperately need. So what did they come up with? "Drop a size with squash-ercise." Oh my effing god!! Yes, we need more women and girls to exercise and take part in competitive sport but really, is this what we need?! It seems so tacky and patronising to me. It's like saying "Hey girly wirlys, we know squash is really difficult and all you want to do is get skinny so why don't you come along to squash-ercise!" But then again, if it works, it works. Argh, I don't know!
Starting to recover from Manchester mara and I'm already plotting my next marathon fix. At the Manchester Expo, the Chester guy was extremely charming and really sold this event to me so Chester it is!
Glad to see some familiar names from the Manchester thread.
Before the race, I said I was going to take 2 whole weeks off but I'm feeling much much better today and I'm starting to get itchy feet already (no, not from the Dunham mud!) and I might go and stretch my legs at the gym tonight. And to show off my t-shirt of course!
Apart from the baggage issue, I didn't see much wrong with the organisation.
I queued for less than 2 mins for the loo just before the start; much less than I thought I'd have to. The marshals were great and there were no problems at the fuel stops.
Dunham was a bit narrow but the mud didn't bother me. We had been running for 15M, soaked to the knickers and beyond so there was no need to worry about a bit of mud or a puddle!
I really hope the organisers listen and make improvements because this race has got huge potential and I'd love to do it again.