I ran this on Sunday and although I enjoyed the route it was very disorganised!
Approaching the start the signs weren't clear so you had no idea where the bag drop was. Race start was then delayed by about 20 mins. At mile 4 there was an approx 10ft wide gap that 19000 runners were supposed to feed in and out of for the water station at the Royal Artillery Barracks. We stood still for 5 mins at this point and it was completely chaotic with runners jumping the barriers onto the road in front of cars to try and carry on with Police shouting at them!! When we did get moving again we were so bunched up that a couple of people had some nasty tumbles!.... And the barracks had then been closed off so you missed the water and the course would be 600m shorter!
The water stations were hopeless and you had to stand and wait while your cup was filled with volunteers in such a panic they were dipping their whole hands in the water bucket to fill the cups - urrgh!
And at the end we queued for 25mins in the rain to retrieve our bags from volunteers who were completely inundated!
I shall put my £10 refund towards my Blenheim half entry in 4 weeks and at least RTTB have acknowledged the issues runners faced. I researched and knew this was never going to be a PB event from this forum so just went to take part and enjoy but some runners understandably were fuming!!
Hi Honk - many thanks for the reply. It's really the distance I'm worried about and the pressure it will put on the body.
I have taken your advice and ordered myself a home monitor today (by the way if anyone is thinking of getting one I ordered an Omron M6 Comfort which is on sale for over ??100 at Boots for ??44 on Amazon with free delivery!!). Hopefully I can get a true regular reading from this to build up a bigger picture. I know previously that I have had my BP taken at the doctors which is high and then they have done it again 5 mins later and it has gone down.
I am running Silverstone half marathon on Sunday so will see how I get on with that and after using my machine and make a considered decision about London.
It is my first marathon (and probably only as the training is like a 2nd job!!) which is why I wanted it to be London! At least I have one deferral so if that is the right decision I shall continue to train up to half marathon distance until I get myself sorted. I still have fingers crossed it's White Coat syndrome....
Have you noticed a drop on your BP since starting the tablets? Well done with the weight loss by the way.... Will help your BP but also make you feel better and has a huge knock on effect!!
Hi all hope you don't mind me joining for some advice.... It's been really interesting reading all these posts as I have been to the doctor today and she was quite concerned at my BP which was 146/104. I am a 40 year old female, running up to 12 miles now and weigh 8st 12. She has recommended that I wear a 24 hour monitor as she says it is unusual of someone my age and fitness to have those levels.
Now in the past the doctors have mentioned my BP and I was recommended once before to have a monitor fitted (it wasn't this high though) and when going for the fitting the nurse decided not to proceed as she didn't feel it was high enough.
My quandary is I am training for London marathon and asked the doctor if this was still okay. She recommended continuing running as the benefits are so good and said not to worry as I will have completed my 24hr test within the next week. When I left the doctor and went to 'book' myself on the waiting list, I now have to wait until 25th March for a monitor to become free. Do I continue to train or am I taking unnecessary risks by pushing too hard and should I defer to next year and continue with more normal steady plods??
I have waited four years for a place at London but would never forgive myself for doing the wrong thing and pushing too hard. (I'm no Mo though - just a 9-10 min mile plodder )
It is very well organised and the support is fantastic - the only negative is the scenery is a bit boring with just the race track and service roads surrounding it. Organisation though and amount running do take your mind of that.