Interesting route, we got to see the centre of Oxford not just around the outside
The guy who answered the emergency number and told me the race would start late, so I could let other people stuck in cars know what was happening if they were not listening to the official radio station of the race
Areas for Improvement
Oxford Radio and the race organisers could talk to each other. I had to call the radio station at 9.35 before they announced to me and hundreds of other runners that the race was delayed. Up to that point Oxford Radio announced it was a 9.30 start
Some great marshallsbut some doing nothing more than standing there like bollards. At the Cricketers pub on a busy main road, one marshall did his best to get us across safely despite being overwhelmed, whilst his colleague clutched his radio and seemed to stare at cloud formations!
Maybe brief mashalls a little more, so they know where they are, where the race is going to, and don't stand there silently whilst runners start running in the middle of the road. Be assertive and control the situation please.
I would run this again, it was a good/great race and am sure it will improve for next year.
I got a second chance email today with a ballot key to input into the VLM website. I stick the number in, and it doesnt work! This was sent to make up for the problems with the ballot system when it first opened.
Would anyone who has been to Foot Mechanix in West Byfleet give me an idea of cost. My last custom orthotics ( 10 years ago ) were £140 and £125, I think on the phone they have just quoted me £435, does that seem right?