Quite surprised by reading this thread, I didn't realise people have such strict rules on what constitutes running a marathon, I thought I had ran one but I stopped 2-3 times towards the end so I suppose it doesn't count.
People run the marathon for different reasons, my longest ever run before the marathon I did was only 14 or 15 miles, obviously this isn't ideal but once you are pushing yourself in the race it is easy to overcome this issue. I thought I would finish in about 3.15 and only finished in 03:41:15 but does that mean I deserve the same stick that the thread starter is getting?
£12,000 seems a lot but then its less than £2 per runner I suppose. For some reason I had it in my mind the more people that run the lower the cost would go down, because its the same route just split across more people. Hasn't entry numbers increased as well, so 12,000 surely wasn't too much of an issue?
Fair play to Alan for organizing these events though, they're great for the city and the council should provide as much support as they can.
I thought it was fine, agree with the people who say the start should be stuttered in regards to ability, saying that though I started relatively close to the front (I was through the start line after 30ish seconds) and I only finished in 1.44. I expected to go about 5 minutes quicker than that... I had only ran 18 miles this year before Sunday though so I suppose I can't complain, even though I was 13 minutes slower than last year.
The costing is fair enough, I was one of those people who were confused about the goody bag (I didn't even realize they had been stopped) but fair enough if they cost too much. Surely something must be going wrong for the event to cost £12,000 more though? What is the reason for that increase?
Got ready for an easy 5 mile run last night, got all my clothes on, running tights, ipod, water bottle etc, went to put my running shoes on and realised I had left them in work. So I couldnt run. O well, gym tonight, probably do a 5km in the gym and then do a 5 mile tomorrow and 8-10 miles LSD.
I think I will stick with Halfs, as I said before I am going to join a running club so I will see what I can get from that. I usually do the tunnel 10k, the half marathon, the waterloo 15k, I can't drive and don't have anyone to take me to races so it makes it quite different, I will try and do more races this year, I think ill aim for the new mens 10k in liverpool in May for my 10k PB for the year, my PB now is 42 minutes, ideally it should be about 38 minutes, I have only ever done the tunnel 10k and the hill on the way out of the tunnel always seems to ruin it for me.