Well Canute, I think the answer is that a fair number of people run a fair proportion of it; I did, judging by the stiffness in my legs this morning!
I'm sorry if you fell victim to the cut-off, but AFAIK it hasn't changed in recent years; 'yes' it would appear it was mooted, but it didn't happen! Let's be honest about it, there has to be a cut-off; personally I think that 1800 is on the edge of what's reasonable as any Search & Rescue would be in the dark as it is.
Sad though it would be for the walkers, I see the *logic* for a tighter cut-off - I do think it would be unfortunate however, because maintaing a pace of 3 mph walking is not as easy as many people think.
The problem is that there realy aren't enough hours of daylight at this time of year, unless the race were to start earlier - and an 0800 start would preclude many people from getting there.
I thought that the event as organised was brilliant; many thanks to all those cheary marshals (and to the weather!)
BBH, if you read the clarification from the organisers above, you will see that *nothing has changed* - I can only imagine that you miss read the details for the 10K as applying to the Marathon (I checked the website).
Also, as M..o.use points out, early starts were never 'allowed', they just happened - and I expect they still will! Personally, I don't see the point of entering an event, then starting before it starts; and by starting early, walkers impede runners comming through from behind - but each to his own.
It might be the time to acknowlege that you made a mistake and 'move on'?
I do think that there is a tendency to look at successful RDs and assume that they must be coining it - but I really doubt that is true!
As many people have observed, you tend to get what you pay for - but as Peronel has effectively pointed out, many people are blind to those costs; pick a race and add up *everything* you can think of and you will be surprised that more RDs don't go bust.
Start with website, on-line booking costs, meetings with landowners, aid-station venues, medical cover, pubic liability insurance, vehicle hire, initial purchase and depreciation on all the aid station equipment, food, water, shirts, medals, buckles, the opportunity cost of complimentary entries etc. etc. etc. !
I think it's great that the LDWA and local clubs put on events for a bargain price, and long may it continue; many people will happily run in a range of events, from a tenner to 150 - they just expect different things from them, because not every organizer has the same costs.
By the way, have you ever wondered why the LDWA runs 'challenges', *not* races? because it dramatically affects the insurance premium!
@ Ross - about an hour to '80% there'; best overnight, but an hour is fine - so if you have a couple of flasks, you can alternate drinking from one, soaking the other.
I've never hydrated mine mid-race, but I'm planning on switching over to that to simplify drop-bag logistics; I'd want to add so carbs and flavoring to mine - I see that myprotein.com do powdered flavoring as well as carb powder, so I plan on making up portions in Ziploc money bags.
@ Richardsdrr - Google 'Coughlans Squeeze Tubes'; the problem is that the p&p typically costs as much as the product - you might be better looking in your local camping shop if you have one.
For gel flasks, I used discount-supplements.co.uk because they are free p&p; if they haven't changed, the CarBoom ones are good because they are slightly bigger than most and don't clog with Chia Seeds, which some do!
@ B2B - that's a brilliant idea! I wonder if it would work for gel or paste, with a suitably strong bag? I've been trying to think of a low cost, throw away container for Chia and for pastes like mashed banana and peanut butter.
The best idea that I came across so far (a suggestion for replacing the time-honored condoms as water carriers in an escape/ survival kit!) is breast-milk storage bags; these should do the storage job well enough, but then you have to eat out of what is effectively a heavy duty Ziploc.
Putting a 'cap' on those bags or perhaps on one those metalised freezer pouches you get in Lakeland and places may be worth a try. I think confused 5 minutes among the breast pumps at the local Boots is required!
Apologies for being a blister-free sock-less runner - I swear by Bag Balm (12.50 for 10 oz on amazon.co.uk).
Its much heavier than Vaseline so doesn't all get absorbed + has lanolin and an anti-fungal; massage a little into your skin all over your feet, then spread it on any problem areas - and I mean spread it!
Don't be put off by it's primary purpose (treating chapped udders in livestock!) - it's widely used by humans and utrarunners too.
Took my shoes off to check at half way on the SDW and still had a visible coating on my feet; was a little odorous though!