there was a fair amount of road closures and I thought that there was quite a large police pressence in the final couple of miles when back in the city/town centre
Yes, I think the road closures and marshalling were definitely stepped up compared with last year. Not that I felt there was anything to complain about last year but this year there were certainly more marshals out in the village bits and I don't remember all the roads being closed before around where you are briefly out of watermead before you go into abbey park.
The costs faced by big city race organisers must be going up and up all the time. I imagine insurance and safety is a big one and I wonder what drives that. The law? The runners? Society and "health and safety gone mad" stuff? It's interesting to me because I started fell running this year and the contrast is fascinating. Entry is only a few quid but a big race is just a couple of hundred people, there may only be marshals at check points a couple of moutains apart, often no course is marked and there isn't any desire to be bigger and better.
I am not for a moment saying one type of racing is better than the other, or that Leicester could be run like a fell race. I just never realised this tiny self sufficient fell running community existed. Also, now I think about it, I haven't moaned about not getting a t-shirt all summer on the fells. Perhaps I have been secretly missing the glory of goody bags and t-shirts!