Posted: 15/10/2006 at 19:53
Sorry for intruding on this thread but having done the half today but i agree so much with the comments on here.
1. Start was chaos, I ended up starting in a side street and a spectator was beating me for the first 200 yards or so, such was the crush
2. Congestion was really bad all the way. Couldn't they stagger the start or something. All power to those who walk round or run/walk, it's a completely valid way to do a half or marathon but please don't do it 5 or 6 abreast on narrow roads & paths.
3. I saw a sign for toilets in the park but they were right across the other side of a football pitch. I was on for a PB and I think I'd have rather wet myself than give up 5 minutes trekking over.
4. Stadium finish was briliant and made my day but it was a bit disorganised again. When I was walking back along St Mary Street (?) to the car, I saw the marathon leader coming in to finish and he didn't have a clue where he was meant to go and there seemed to be no marshalling of the 2.15ish half marathoners to keep them to the side to give this guy a clear run to the finish. I can't imagine what it must have been like for him in the stadium. Its a good job he wasn't being challenged for the lead.
All in all, I enjoyed the race and will probably do it again, just for the staduim finish and flat fast course but I've done many better organised events