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I'm puzzled that the forum hasn't been deluged with moans about getting a cotton t-shirt in the bag, but perhaps I've missed it. I like cotton t-shirts myself as the drip-dry ones are unpleasant to wear, but where have all the nylon fans gone?
So here's a list of helpful feedback on this year's organisation:
1. The clock on the red start broke and they set us off late. That was oddly poor and a bit confusing, although only really for those of us right at the front who were hoping to make use of the gun-time clocks.
2. As usual, quite a few of the balloon/clock mile posts were a good few yards away from the actual marking on the road, enough to make timing quite difficult. This happens every year and is genuinely annoying.
3. They gave my bag to another runner, who then didn't bring it back. And sitting in the lost luggage, it was startling to see how many bags went missing - I certainly won't be leaving any valuables with them again. They looked after me well and kept me warm, but shouldn't have lost it, and should maybe include a number to call if people find they've been given the wrong one.
4. Cherry Lucozade - no no no.
5. I think it would be helpful to remind runners that religiously sticking to the blue line and barging people out of the way to do so is unhelpful. Perhaps publish some statistics to nail the stupid myth that it really makes much difference. My reckoning is that you'd struggle to really add more than 50 yards to your overall distance by taking every corner wide. At one point I was helping a guy who'd fallen from exhaustion, and had some idiot telling me to get him off the blue line.
6. The pre-race announcer banter is really inane. Would it be too much to ask to at least have a little sensible discussion about pacing or strategy as well as the "ooh look here's a guy running dressed as a wookie"? Maybe a quick interview with someone who knows what they're talking about?
Another enjoyable, well-marshalled race, but having done the Barcelona one recently, London is a long way from being flawless, even if it clearly has issues to deal with that Barca doesn't (like twice as many runners, narrower roads and a finish that's several miles from the start).