The transport was appalling. If the driver had to have a break due to "health and safety" not much "health and safety" was given to the runners standing out for over 90 mins in the cold. Well done to the First aiders giving out the tin foil to keep us warm. Also well done to the girl organising the queue to the best she could whilst getting a stream of abuse from us all. She should not have been put in that position. The trip back to the water centre to wait in the "warm" and then being told to get out of reception as we were crowding the facility were pure comedy when i look back at it now.
Also what happened to the t-shirt? I had to fill in the size I wanted on the entry form. If I am being told that this was replaced by the very poor quality watch, that stopped working within a minute of being opened then I feel that I have been massively ripped off with the entry fee.
I entered the first Kilomathon 2 years ago - Notts to Derby. It was excellent. This race, whilst enjoyable from my own perspective (a great run by my own standards) does not compare. Yes it was cold and miserable, but things like the pathetic watch, and the wait for the bus (which would have been better if I had my finishing t-shirt on as an extra layer) made it even more miserable.
Well done to everybody who finished. I did...but only just!
One word ...WATER!
A brilliant experience and well organised marathon other than the now well documented lack of water at stations. When I got to the first station at mile 3 (approx) and there was none left I really started to worry and that fear stayed with me for the rest of the race. I started walking at mile 18 because I could feel my body giving up..but I still managed to finish. The abuse one poor water giving volunteer got at mile 15 was incredible (but given what had gone on it was also strangely acceptable)
BIG shout out to the police at circa mile 20 for rolling up in their van full of water which they then handed out to those that needed it. MASSIVE thanks to the people who came out of their houses to water us down/hand out drinks/cheer us on/etc....
Controversial but I have to say it. Well down to the Marines from the SUN newspaper who carried the "Page 3 lovely" on a stretcher throughout the race (although her hair colour changed) but personally they really got on my nerves. Demanding full right of way because they were (I quote) "Carrying someone on a stretcher" was not acceptable. There were lots of people there trying to raise money for various charities...you did not have the exclusive right of way and the right to tell fellow runners to move, especially when running space (e.g. at circa mile 2) was sparse.
I got a pair of Pegasus 25 cheap via the Sweatshop 25 years old offer - I think they were about £25ish so too good to turn down. Unfortunately I cannot run anything over 3 miles in them due to the constant blistering. I now use them for casual use or in the gym.
Thanks to this thread I had a "hair in the face" free run on Sunday. I purchased a Buff after reading this thread. I can confirm they are great!! A bit expensive but I actually think they are well worth it.
I can no longer where shorts due to the very sore friction burns I get after long runs. I've given up on any type of shorts for running and have now stocked up on tights for the Winter or short tights, same style as cycling shorts, for the warmer times. I actually find the short tights to be much more comfortable than shorts anyway.