Beatrice Horsey

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Oxford Half Marathon 2012

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 12:57

I've had no e-mail from them. Just a confirmation of payment and entry from the Payment site.

I'm still waiting on mine. I have tried ringing the number that Runner's World have for enquiries several times. I get no reply, it redirects me to another ringing tone and eventually a fax machine.

There is a telephone number on their road closure signs. That just goes onto a voicemail. I have had no reply to messages.

I have e-mailed again. I hold little hope as they never reply. I'm getting somewhat irritated by the lack of organisation already. At least I live very closeby, so no problem for me to get there and find out if I have an entry on Sunday.

Hope you've had yours by now. I'm over in Dublin at the end of October for the marathon. Now that I know is well organised. Can't wait.


Oxford Half Marathon

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 14:54

Site now says that parking passes are to be e-mailed to people. Nothing received yet, but then I'm still waiting on my Race PACK.

Dublin 2012

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 00:03

Thanks Jim, already secured them.

Dublin 2012

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 11:38

1st Dublin marathon for me, and I'm really looking forward to it. I'm Powewalking it, and am hoping for a finish around 6hrs. So most of you will be long gone, by the time I cross the line. Did the Bristol Half last weekend, and have the Oxford half next weekend. Looking forward to soaking up the Dublin atmosphere, and hopefully, it will be a lot drier than last year. Very pleased to hear that Cardiff Blues are playing, need to try and get tickets for that.

Oxford Half Marathon 2012

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 11:32

I know some people have had their Runner's Pack with No etc. Mine still hasn't arrived.

Anyone know when we can expect these. E-mails just don't seem to be getting answered. I'm still waiting on a reply to one almost 6 weeks on, and I know others that have sent queries that haven't been answered after weeks.

Looking forward to my 1st Oxford Half.

Newport marathon

Posted: 28/07/2012 at 14:44

It was half road, half trail, very disorganised from start to finish. I was told it was flat, half of it rose up on very muddy tracks along the canal side to the visitor centre and back. I don't think many of those who did it last year would revisit.


Cheltenham Circular Challenge

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 18:12

1st for me, and I loved every minute. Of course the ground was challenging, as a walker with poles this was made easier though. I had fears re navigation, but no problems. The route was brilliantly marked all the way with bright yellow arrows, marshalls were jolly and encouraging, weather perfect, met some friendly people, so great for a solo walker. I'll be back again for sure.  Thanks for all the hard work and effort that went in to making this a really enjoyable day.

Cheltenham Circular Challenge what a brilliant event

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 18:03

This was my 1st Cheltenham Challenge as a walker. I loved every minute of it. Weather was near perfect. A great warm welcome (was a solo walker), excellent organisation, and  brilliant signage all the way (A worry of mine beforehand was how I would find my way around with the very detailed pre race instructions)

Conditions underfoot were muddy as expected, and challenging in parts. This didn't distract from the overall experience though. Some lovely touches with WI ladies out in force with refreshments, and even home made cake, biscuits and squash left out in a churchyard. Very jolly marshalls. All in all, a great day. Made new friends and wil be back again.

Greater Manchester Marathon

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 15:07

I've never had a problem with retrieval or queues before.

This is my 8th marathon in the past year, with as many halves, I've done several very large events, New York, Disney Florida, Berlin, Rome and we're talking very large numbers catered for here, in excess of 100,000 in Rome between 3 events timed to start just after each other.

There has to be some marshalling for security measures, as otherwise, once inside the tent, anyone with a runner's number would be free to access anyone elses bag and this just opens up the risk of items going missing. Sadly, not everyone is just interested in collecting their own items. 

It's not too onerous to work out the logistics, and organise sufficient staff, tents and an organised numbering system, to ensure runners aren't kept waiting. Sadly, on this occasion, common sense and experience were sadly lacking, and insufficient resources were allocated to this.

I hope I never witness this again.

Greater Manchester Marathon

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 13:29

Hope to goodness some lessons are leant from this. Looks like I had a better exprience than many, with only a 20 min wait, without a space blanket, being a slower powerwalker. But 3 queues with no number direction until you just happened to find out you were in the wrong queue, then redirected to another wrong queue, only to find that you eventually had to go around the back, for a final queue with all the bags out in the mud, sodden. Luckily I only had a 5 min walk to my car, so could warm up quite quickly after this.

This is my 8th marathon, never seen anything so poorly managed. Usually you have a supervised tent for every 1000-2000 runners, can't get near the bags as a participant and are handed them from inside the tent and able to change there.

Must agreed that the support out on the streets from volunteers and the brilliant Manchester public was exceptional in those conditions, and I was so very grateful for the Snickers bar, Gel cubes and sweet fixes bought by people and handed out in the last few miles to get me through.

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