Thanks Philomena, 10 mins before parkrun started Adam and I (parkrun event directors) looked at the vans on the course and general MiniMile set up chaos and wondered if we'd done the right thing! I then jogged down the hill so that I was ready to change the fences on the first corner and found someone had already changed them and our route was completely blocked - would have been parksteeplechase!
Luckily I had time to move them before the runners arrived.
Lots of good feedback on facebook so we were pleased to have done it.
Best complaint of the day - a runner came into the park and told a parkrun marshal (assuming she was BM) it was terrible that he couldn't do his normal route round the park because of all the runners/fences etc getting in his way. You can't please some people.
Didn't like being corralled what felt like an extra mile out of my way (and up and down a load of stairs for the road crossing) after finishing to get to the nearest bus stop - probably logistics but would have thought that there is a better way & yes Power station stretch is as flagged many times by those who have run this race - not very good. No, not very good at all.
I agree about the power station section, it depresses me and I only ever drive round it but I guess no one's been able to find anywhere else to add that mileage that wouldn't involve more hills or road closures that would cause more traffic problems/the council won't allow.
Getting out from finish would be easier without the beach and sea getting in the way ;). Coming through the beach village leaves you between the route and the sea, the bridge was added this year to give another crossing point to get out from the beach, a road level crossing point would break the flow of runners sprinting to finish. There is an underpass just east of the pier that is normally open, was that closed? There are still steps to get up to the roundabout though.
The only way they could get people out from finish to the north side would be up even more steps to the top level road which would cause queues back to finish or go even further east, up the road ramp and back a mile next to the route.
- Garmins are not absolutely accurate, I think even on on their website they state a percentage.
- The course is measured as the shortest route, 300mm from the kerb/fence so if there's a left turn followed by a right the measure goes diagonaly from one corner to the next. This is so that the lead runners (who are able to take the shortest route) can never run less that 26.2.
So if you're back down the field and always run on one side you're taking the long way round some corners and this adds up over the distance. I can run about 12 metres less on our parkrun than people who don't carefully take the diagonals. I measured the route so know the shortest way!
-The measurering machine (attached to a bike wheel) is calibrated to add a bit (0.01% maybe) so that if there are errors in measuring the total distance is wrong the right way (ie never short so that there isn't a world record set on a short course)
I would be very surprised if the 11m mile mark was at 11.5 miles, I was checking the race referee's timing against my watch (I was driving him) and they were running very close to 5 min miling, I tihnk we'd have noticed if they suddenly did a 7.5 and then a 2.5
My goal was 3:15 and I was bang on target until 25.7 miles where I blacked out and collapsed. DNF.
Ran a perfect run up until that point. I still have no idea or recollection of what happened but I'm fine.
Congratulations to all finishers and especially those who achieved their goal. Well done.
Good to hear you're OK, I had a sprint from the Hilton to bring some extra stuff down to you (felt a bit daft overtaking proper runners when I was wearing jeans and a hoodie and carrying a sheet and tinfoil blankets!) and was a bit worried to see you on the ground surrounded by St John, paramedics and a doctor.
Marshal who was there said to me later that you looked wobbly, he asked if you were OK, you said you were and the next thing, you collapsed.
As I walked back to the Hilton I saw the 1k to go paint on the road so was gutted for you getting to close. Maybe don't trust Danny as 3:15 train driver next time