Posted: 11/12/2013 at 15:06
Agree there were serious things that needed sorting - the tracking and runner safety IMO being the priorities.
I've done two of their short races - the Helvelyn race and Ullswater challenge, both impeccably organised. A lady in front of me fell on the descent of Helvelyn and did something hideous to her ankle (if the screaming was anything to go by ) and they were on the ball with marshals taking her up blankets and the mountain rescue got her down within the hour. These things are of course easier to sort on shorter things when you have plenty of marshals and less distance to cover.
I did their marathon the first year they ran it in 2011, and a bit like the 50k/100k I noticed toward the end they were not tracking which runners had gone through the CP's. This didn't seem to matter too much though as they had 4 sweepers and again plenty of marshals / volunteers everywhere.
My personal opinion is they bit off a bit more than they could chew doing a 100k and 50k at the same time. They didn't come across as particularly having the experience in this length of event, and certainly could not recruit the same amount of volunteers to cover the distance (although those they did were fantastic).
In an email sent shortly after this years event they said they were looking at an end of June / early July 2014 date once they had spoken to the various landowners and other interests - this surprised me for three reasons - 1) it would be right before their marathon meaning loads of extra work, and how do you get enough volunteers for both 2) it would put it in almost direct competition with Lakeland 50/100 3) I couldn't imagine landowners granting access for yet another race tramping across their land just before a major like the L100.
Interesting then that they are now quoting '2015' . Land access issues maybe?