Posted: 06/06/2016 at 11:30
Late to the party with feedback from the Vitality 10,000 (formally Bupa 10,000)
As mentioned by others here that congestion at the front seemed to be bad this year. My opinion is they "cocked it up big time" .... I'm regular to this event and in previous years you had 4 different coloured bibs, plus an A, B, or C on front of your number .... my maths ain't great but that's 12 starting pens! This year, they decided to ditch the A, B and C and just stick with the coloured bibs - so 4 huge pens. Why?!
I ran a not bad (and not quite a pb) 38.24 from the front "enclosure" ... the first 2 K was a constant jostle for position and I reckon I lost plenty of time and used extra energy with all the mini-surges. The negative split was 37 seconds which is fairly big for a 10k but more alarmingly the results thingy from Runpix shows that I overtook 1365 runners in the first 5K!. Suffice to say, I have lodged a big complaint to the organisers and am awaiting feedback.
Amazing anyone who managed a PB there. A few of our fast guys did well and the ladies scraped some team bling I believe.
I hope they revert back to the way they did things in previous years, otherwise this won't be the great mass race that it used to be.