Edward Collier

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Devils Chimney Chase 10K

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 13:39

I ran the course last week in reasonably grippy Inov-8 trail/off-road shoes. Squelchy in places, but on the top of the hill and through the woods the underfoot conditions are very good.  It's a great race by the way - I'll be on the finish line doing the times so if you slip me a £5 I'll make sure you get a PB.  

Apperley Quarter Marathon

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 14:37

My problem was that the 5 mile wasn't 5 miles but 4.73.

Apperley Quarter Marathon

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 14:31

JB74 - yes, I did, and I'll never again run a race organised by that useless bunch.

Apperley Quarter Marathon

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 13:54

Ok, good luck with the training.  I gave up marathons five years ago, but may do another in five years time.

Apperley Quarter Marathon

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 13:46

In all honesty I agree with you.  I personally race to race, not for the goody bag.  I'm not bothered about medals, mugs or any other flim flam.  Water and maybe a banana at the end is nice.  The atmosphere at the last event was enough to get me back, and I'd much prefer the max money went to the good causes.

Apperley Quarter Marathon

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 13:24

Can I just say that a lot of people don't like the t-shirt option?  Unless you're offering a proper running shirt (technical material, wicking etc.) then for most people I know race t-shirts just end up as rags for cleaning the car.  I've now given up accepting them, because that's better than landfill.  Medals are fine, mugs are good too.

Tewkesbury 5 ...

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 14:14

Any event, run under UKA rules, that describes itself as a 5 mile race, should be a 5 mile race.

Tewkesbury 5 ...

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 12:30

No it bloody well wasn't.

There were two races - a half marathon (with its own problems - no water at finish, no toilets at finish, incorrect medal given to some competitors, goody bag full of air and nothing else) and a 5 mile race.  I'm in the form of my life, or at least of the last ten years, and I've done the half at least ten times, so I decided to try to break my 5 mile PB.

I came third, in just under 29 minutes, and I was overjoyed, until my clubmate (who was also going for a PB, and who won the race) told me that his Garmin said it was 4.73 miles.

I was, and still am, absolutely livid.  I paid good money to enter a 5 mile race, never mind that it was advertised as a "fun run".  On the day I then had to pay an extra £3 to park in a field (not entirely the fault of the race organisers, but pretty typical of this race).  To run my heart out only to have a completely useless time was an absolutely gutting feeling.

Sadly, the company responsible for the race (Google them if you like) have form in being piss-poor organisers.  They it was who organised (if that's the right word) the Cheltenham Half Marathon last year, which was a complete shambles, and which has led to the Police and Glos Highways cracking down on road races, so that several have been cancelled, and all have had to jump through fatuous H&S hoops to get a permit.

I had a word with the organiser at the end, who told me that it was a "community fun run".  Well, it said 5 miles on the entry form, and not "approx 5 miles", or "4.73 miles", so why not create a 5 mile route? 

As a friend of mine has remarked about a lot of mass-entry races, the organisers take as much as they can get away with, and give back as little as they can get away with.

I won't be running either race again until the organisers are given the heave-ho.

RW sucks

Posted: 19/03/2012 at 15:13
The FoD half is (or was, when I last ran it) suitable for road shoes and is only mildly undulating, certainly by comparison with Chedworth.  Hope you have a good one there.

RW sucks

Posted: 19/03/2012 at 12:46
I loved cross-country at school, mainly because I hated (and was rubbish at) football.  I now prefer road races to off-road, mainly because I'm such a bad descender that I lose too much time.  However, the two off-road races that I normally do are the Chedworth and the Cleevewold 14 Mile MT race.  This last one is not for the faint-hearted but is a spectacular and challenging low-key race.  I'm also doing the FoD Half so maybe we can renew our rivalry there ... (I'm supposed to be doing the San Domenico 20 next Sunday).
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