Please see the note below from our Race Director - Mike James
"Thank you for taking part in the ADT Edinburgh Half Marathon on Sunday 11th April 2011. I am sure you will agree that it was a glorious day and I was pleased to see so many happy faces in and around Musselburgh Race Course following the race.
As Race Director I would like to thank all the workers who have put in so much time and effort over the past few months to make this event happen.
Everybody that works on this event honestly and genuinely puts in so much hard work and when certain things do not go to plan it hits the team hard because every effort is made to try and make each individual runners Half Marathon experience a good one.
There were three specific problems that have come to my attention and I would like to explain how these problems occurred and how they are being dealt with.
1) The route was 0.3 miles too long on the day. Unfortunately the responsible person placed the turning point at Preston Pans in the wrong location, this resulted in the course being 300 metres longer than the 13.1 miles. I sincerely apologise for this mistake and our Chip Timing specialists (Winning Time) are re-calculating all results and deducted 0.3 miles from your time. This does mean that all runners ran faster than they thought however their time is not an official time and cannot be used within UK Athletics records.
2) There was a lack of fluid on drink station one that effected many hundreds of runners towards the back of the field. The event team collectively made a decision to pour water into cups this year in order to cut out the wastage that is normally left when half empty bottles of water are left scattered all over Edinburgh and East Lothian. It was thought that runners would welcome a quick drink of water in a plastic cup rather than having a full bottle. Unfortunately the water station workers were unable to pour water into the cups quick enough when the masses of runners went past therefore giving out bottles was the only option and this in turn left this station short of the amount required.
It seams clear that we got this very wrong and may have caused runners to become dehydrated on the route. This procedure will never be repeated again.
3) Some of the runners at the end of the race did not receive a t-shirt in their goody bag. Unfortunately some people who are being dealt with internally helped themselves to goody bags and t-shirts before the final runners came over the finish line. All runners who did not receive a T-Shirt will have them posted out within the next few weeks once we have time to print some more. Again we will ensure better security on the goody bag tent next year.
I have received so much positive feedback on the day from runners and spectators alike and please understand that we look to improve this race year on year. Again I apologise for the issues listed above and can only hope that the positives outweighed the negatives and hope that we will see you again next year for an even bigger and better event.
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Rob, Social Media Manager for the 2011 ADT Edinburgh Half Marathon