My god are there some seriously self-important people out there! The person who started this thread needs to get a life! His arguement is just not that important in the bigger scheme of things....I run, I like to get timed results sometimes without having to worry about dealing with the ego's of some of the participants (most of whom wear club shirts) who think they are better than everyone else. They maybe better than me but who gives a flying F....I'm 50 years old for gods sake, I ain't doing this to qualify for the Olympics and my chances of finishing in the top ten of any race is highly doubtful (unless there are only 9 people in the race and even then its still not a certainty). Can't it just be about the running...?
Hope you don't mind my crashing your party! Some interesting posts...I am not in FLM this year having opted for Edinburgh on 31st May. Did FLM in 2003 and it was dreadfull! Memo to self...don't stop at a porta-potty for 10 mins or you'll end up with cramped legs and running like John Wayne! The FLM took me 4:45. Tried Amsterdam in 2006 and did a 4:11. This year I am actually trying to stick to a training plan as well as controlling the urge to go out too fast (1st 10k in both FLM and Amsterdam was sub 50 minutes...).
Looking for some prep races such as Stratford 1/2m and Fradley 10k...both are close to home and are at a good spot in my training plan.
I've done the original before...not so much a race for most people, it's just about getting around! The original had enough water to make you uncomfortable if you wore the wrong stuff, like I did (no running trousers/tights as they just hold the water and you have to hold them up as you try to run around...). I've also done the grim and a couple of other runs of this genre...it's really more about trying to have fun getting dirty rather than anything else. As for preparing, run some hills...train for the distance and just make sure you pace yourself on the day.
Despite the rating that I gave the race, I still have been at worse events. Also, the issues that I raised could all easily be fixed to make this a better event. Given the scenery and the course itself, this has the makings of a really good event. Nevertheless, there are a number of things that were mentioned previously that I do agree with, perhaps not as vocally as those who made the comments but...
1. Better organisation at the start...not been to many events where 3 different distances start at the same time. 2. Water stations...I really did appreciate the number of stations, especially as I had not taken on board enough water before the race and was getting into some difficulty by mile 11-12. Without the stations I would have been in the ambulance! Just ensure that each station has as many adults as children...kids get bored after standing around for an hour and a half. 3. Momento/medal..I usually enter events for a number of reasons...this includes the location, previous comments, type of course (Flat in this case) and whether there was a medal, etc (sad I know but as I will never win anything, it kind of helps my ego, especially at 45 almost 46 years old!) So, if advertised then organisers must follow through. This is especially true when you commit to driving a long way for the event (all the way from the midlands...)
I hope that the organisers who, it would appear, read these comments will make the changes to make this a better event for ALL next year.