Blimey, mens deodorant and moisturiser in a bag given to women !
I can't see any warnings on the deodorant or moisturiser saying, 'Not to be used on females', but there is however a warning on the 'Eat Natural' bar about food sensitivity and allergy advice.
I notice that nobody has mentioned that perhaps the nuts shouldn't be in there because of the danger of a severe allergic reaction, or that the beer shouldn't be there tempting anyone into alcoholism.
Heaven forbid one of us might be crazy enough to run rampage through the finish area with safety razor in hand shaving off eyebrows, but yet no mention here of the dangers of sharp instruments.
Just to finish off, on taking a closer look at my goodie bag contents, why did I and not you get a Mithchum>> Advanced Control, 48hr Protection, Shower Fresh spray FOR WOMEN ? The warning is about Solvent Abuse, not a word telling me not to use it because I am male.
Sorry to hear about your disappointment, however I think it is one of the better freebie T's I've had. (The best so far was a cotton one from a Coventry Half in 2008 that I still wear.)
May I suggest that you look at the TV coverage of the event and notice the demographic of those running. One size, (which I reckon must be a generous large), was a good decision for an organiser that needs to satisfy the potential of 37,000 finishers.
You may well be disappointed,( as I usually am when I finish an event with multi size T-Shirts to find out that there are no more XL's left), but I think the majority will be more than happy with the VLM2012 finishers shirt.
Why do most events run out of the larger sizes? Because they are the most popular and even those that would normally take a smaller 'technical shirt' size realise that after the first wash an XL becomes a M.
What an embarrassment it would have been to wear a Finishers T-Shirt that was too big for you!!! However I thought it fantastic that I was able to wear mine afterwards to the Hard Rock Cafe for a full rack of ribs and accompanying beer. Come the end of the week and the time when it gets taken out of the ironing basket, I'm sure it will be joining the countless others in my car polishing rag box
p.s. This will forever be an ongoing argument and is covered after most/all events. Even the GNR that Neuv says have it right, get caught out. They run out of the larger sizes because, when entering, people say they want a medium but come the end take a larger size !
I especially like the bit in 'sprints' link that says they will continue to ban iPods.
Wow!, discussions with public transport operators. Perhaps there could be some arrangement to run trains in that will get runners in on time. My earliest from Stratford wouldn't get me in until after 10!
Maybe if asked, the operators would for example provide a train from Warwick/Banbury for those in the South and East, getting into the City for 8-ish, with similar arrangements for other directions. After all, there are good stations along the routes for parking and it would probably be the busiest off peak train on that route that week! No buses please! They get held up by traffic, road closures & works, accidents etc.
The Birmingham Half has the potential to have a great reputation and one to do, with just a few things ironed out. Without those killer hills for example, we could have a great PB beating event.
I remember, after my time chasing 'sprint' down Broad Street from 5 Ways, standing 30m from the line, thinking how disgusting this was.
Whether a runner is after a significant PB, running their first Half Marathon or running simply to finish, the act of running over the finish line is a basic requirement. Shame on the organisation.
In hindsight, the start/finish line could be further up Broad St to give more space after the line. If the line has to be there for the 'entertainment zone' location, reverse the route. Or why not have the Start/Finish in Cannonhill Park?
On the day, why didn't someone take charge?
I don't think there's a lot you can do about where people start. It's the same with triathlons with pool swims. You have to rely on the timings the entrants give. A friend who was doing his first half on Sunday was told when entering, to put down a 1:30 time to ensure a start place near to the front. That way he wouldn't have to run through people. Needless to say, he had a comfortable run! Pity those like me that were behind him. Sometimes you just have to trust people.
Good medal and goody bag and excellent to see there were XXL T-Shirts available, just a pity that they had all gone by the time I got to the tent.
Isn't it amazing how many sub 2 hours runners need an XXL Shirt !!!!!!!
I did think for a while, as we went past Cadbury's and the smell of chocolate filled the air, that there might, just might have been a little bit of energy giving choccy going spare