I hear what you are saying about extra water. The reality though is that it's not as easy as you suggest to put an extra station in at last minute notice - it requires another 2-3 marshalls, tables, etc. And you cant just shift the existing 4 stations to fit in an equal distance between either. So you'd end up with 2 stations in close proximity, which means runners would likely bypass one.
Its one hot day in decades, don't think the rule book should be ripped up for it. They were extraordinary circumstances, and probably won't happen again for another 32 years.
Organisers can't do much about the 27 degree heat, especially in October...
The water stations on the 10/half are well marked on the maps that are available in advance on the website, so there should be no surprises as to how many there are during the run. It was obviously going to be hot, so I took a bottle with me to supplement the stations.
Would prefer water bottles myself at the stations rather than cups, but as this is one of the cheapest races to participate in for its size, I think its probably too much to expect anything else. Ten quid or less, with medal and chip timing - a lot of other races could learn from that I think!
You can't please all of the people all of the time...to my mind, the cricklade runs are one of the best organised, marshalled and supported in this part of the world, especially for what is essentially a village.
I live in cricklade, and so its obviously my home race. I am running the 10k this year (they have half, 10k, fun run). Last years entry was about 500 or so; roughly split 50:50 between the 10k and the half.
Its well organised, and well marshalled, with reasonable water stops. It starts at St Sampsons school, which is easy to find, but parking in cricklade is fairly limited - I would advise finding some street parking down a side road (a good opportunity to see the lovely small town of cricklade!)
Half-marathon runners go off first, and then the 10k a few minutes later - both races share some of the same route. There's a pace timing car for the front half runner, and distance markers every km/mile.
The race isnt entirely traffic-free, as it travels along several country roads (in fact most of the route is b-road stuff), but because of the number of runners and countryside quiet traffic its generally easy, with marshalls to help direct and control (traffic is stopped in the town for the start). The route for the half goes onto the cotswold waterpark, and back again. Its flat for the majority, but there is a big hill in the 10k at about the 8km mark, and I presume the half goes up this too at some point near its end - which wont be fun! The website has maps of the route. Finish is on the sports field at Cricklade leisure centre, and there's usually a very decent small crowd there. Facilities are mainly leisure centre based, as its only a hundred yards from the starting school. Cant really say too much about them as obviously my own toilet and shower is only a couple of hundred yards away!
Decent medals. Results list always out quickly the following week.
All in all, its a great little race. This is the first year they have gone for chip timing - hope it goes smoothly.