I've taken part in the WCR many times over the past 20 years and know the event well.
That particular stage is 10.8 miles long and is run on a narrow road with very few safe places for cars to stop and offer support for runners, that is why the no drinks rule is in place for the entire length of the stage. The organising club are supposed to set up drinks stations at regular intervals
As stated the majority of marshalls are from participating teams and are there for safety and directions only. As the runners get spread out over the stage it is very difficult for the race officials to see everthing which goes on.
I've seen this type of thing on several occaisions when I have been running as well and although it is annoying have never felt the need to make an official complaint, it may be unsporting but there you go.
Kittenkat, unless you feel they gained an advantage, intefered with your running or their actions were dangerous I would let it go and forget about it.
1. No you don't need a running track to form a club, many clubs only compete on the road or country and never set foot on a track.
2. Not sure.
3. To compete in the Gwent League you will have to be a registered club with Welsh Athletics, all runners must be first claim and you will also need to have a registered team strip.
4. I suspect you would only qualify for funding once a club was officially formed and affiliated to the governing body.
5. Time taken up by officials will vary depending on how big the club membership gets and what events, leagues you enter or races you organise.
I know they are a few miles away but why not join either Bridgend AC or Brackla Harriers. You don't have to take part in all of their training sessions and you will benefit from their expertese and coaching without the hassle of setting up and running a new club.