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Jane, I'm going to struggle too. I've not run for 2 weeks and spent the last week with poorly people at home.
See you there though, I've got Cinders on the back of my running vest and I'm number 1844
Happy New Year all
Just got round to 'rating' the race - oh dear, I was not impressed by this one. If it was a tenner to enter, then I would have felt okay about what I saw, but still slightly ripped off! Where was the event?? Felt like most training runs I do around here. There wasnt even a start/finish line, and no times recorded, no bottles of water at the end - where was the money spent? The only costs I saw were the race numbers, medals and the cups they used on the water station. Was that really £20 a runner to provide???
If this is the standard fare dished up by Ultramarathon.org, I will be staying well clear of these guys again.
Spot on, its was me, I have often seen your name on these forums, nice to put a face to the name!
Glad you feel better for it - I do having had my rant on the 'rating' section......
Trust we will both find better runs this year - I haven't booked anything yet, as running partner is injured, and I need to do some serious gym work, but will gladly say hi next time we cross paths, and buy you a beer!
Unfortunately I have to agree with you all.This was the worst event I have entered. Sorry.
First though thank you to the marshalls, especially the 2 at the first road junction. Shame weren;t marshalls on every road crossing!
Family came to support me but no cafe facilities - this is poor on wicksteads part. But other races in the middle of nowhere have provided catering vans - tea/ coffee baccon buttys - I am sure supporters and runners would have appreciated this.
Confusion over exact route - 3 x .. but park bit x 4!
No signage - to the start. Where the finish point was? No time on show! No milage signs on course. No beware runners on course.
BUT MOST DISAPOINTING WAS THE MEDAL - i ONLY ENTERED BECAUSE I THOUGHT THE IDEA OF A MEDAL ENGRAVED WITH 1.11.11 WAS FANTASTIC. VERY DISAPOINTED TO GET MEDAL WITH OUT THIS OR EVEN THE YEAR ON IT!
Good luck with organising other events! I hope you learn from this.
Thanks once again to all marshalls
Can't thank the marshalls enough. Thanks guys for waiting out there, I was at the back end, ended up around 2.23 but did try to say thanks to you all.
But sorry, won't be back
I was trying to pace myself though with no mile markers was hard to work it out , specially with the extra loop at the finish. Timed on my stopwatch and did around 1.51 though not having a start and finish kills a race. Have to say the marshalls were incredibly pleasant and shame they would have stood for hours in the rain without being able to get a hot drink.I don't think Ultramarathon will get many takers for future events due to the negative feedback. Glad at least I had bought a change of clothes as was incredibly cold going back to London on the train. Was grateful to be home and have tea and chocolate. Was going to go out for a belated New Years tonight but legs have given up.
i saw a bloke run by me with a bloody arm and mud on him so guess he must of tumbled
Has anyone dropped an email to them?? I think we deserve some answers, and in fairness, they deserve the right to reply??
I see a total of 182 runners on the day, so at average of say £17 each, thats £3082 in entry fees....where did it go?? I guess the marshalls were volunteers (I never get paid!) and with no bottled water/signs/goody bag/road closures would be interested to know where it went for starters. Someone suggested some of it has gone to charity (?) but cant find anything that really backs that up or if it did, how much.
I see that Lloyd from Ultramarathon posted on here some time ago, but has gone very quiet since. Maybe he would like to offer some explanations on here??
I will drop an email to him later if he doesn't want to post on here, I am sure he has read the comments, and noted the poor rating this race has received (is this the lowest rating ever??)
182 came from adding from the results page, 102 did the half marathon, about 60 did the 10k, and about 20 the 5k. I was trying to be kind by suggesting that was all they took in entry fees, but you're right, I am sure a number of people didnt make the day (about 418 if you believe their 'sold out' claims on their website!!!!!)
They clearly had little/no control on who did/didnt race, as I can only assume the woman at the finish 'line' was relaying the finishers to the guy in the car, who then 'guessed' at the finish time? I had 1:57:00 on my watch, and I crossed the line about 5 secs after 'go' which I think was a few secs after the gun. Yet I still managed 1:56:55! Even allowing for a few secs to right down my number, which had to be relayed, I think that was generous - I would have expected to see 1:57:30. So will concede the fact there was some form of timekeeping, however loose it may have been.
I think you may have been M Mawd - is that a pseudonym you use?
I didnt see the incident you refered to at the beginning of lap 3, but there was the girl who clocked the distance at 12.5 miles - we made it 13.0 miles, so still a touch short in all likelihood. I reckon something was said which made her question it?? In all, very poor, and you're right, had 600 turned up, there may have been a riot in Wickstead Park!
I wont post it on here, but he has logged a few race reviews, and they are worth a read!
Will drop him an email, and see if he wishes to reply/explain/apologise(?)
Where are those reviews Phil?
If you find the forum entry he made on page 2 (I think), then click his user name, you can follow a link at the top of the page just under the user name entitled "My Event Ratings".
Hi sorry to gatecrash - I did the 10k and it didn't seem worth starting another thread there. Just to echo what everyone else has said really, what an unmitigated disaster, by far and away the worst organised race I have ever been to. Without re-hashing what has already been said too much, it comes down to three things:-
a) the event itself bore so little resemblance to the event described, there must be grounds for a refund on the basis that we didn't get what we paid for (a traffic free park race, with mile markers, refreshments, baggage store etc etc).
b) No disrespect to the marshals who turned out for free on a lousy day and did a good job in difficult circumstances, but there simply weren't enough of them, and some clearly didn't have the necessary skills with traffic, etc. This, coupled with a total absence of route signage ("Caution; Runners" signs, etc) in my view, made the event not just a dog's breakfast but actively dangerous. The organisers should count themselves lucky no one was seriously hurt.
c) Someone has trousered the best part of £3000 on an outlay of what cannot be more than a few hundred quid.
I'm a pretty laid back person as a rule and a great believer in people being allowed to learn from their mistakes, but this was just a dangerous rip off.
I am pretty laid back normally as well, but felt compelled to email the organisers raising some of these issues, trying to be a little diplomatic in the process. I have encouraged them to read this forum and the ratings/race reviews, as too many people have used phrases such as 'ripped off','never again', 'dangerous', 'disaster' the list is endless. I have suggested they dont reply to me, but to all the runners who took part either through their own website, or on here. Sadly, I get the feel that either they are desperate for money (I know times are hard, but....) or they are too wound up in trying to raise their own egos they have forgotten the real reason people are willing to pay to run in races. I hope I am wrong, and they have the decency to reply properly, and offer some insight into what it took to 'organise' this race, and why they failed to achieve even the most basic requirements of a race.
I will let you know if anything comes of it......