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I did this race yesterday and wanted to say a few words about it. Third time I have done this race (2006 & 2007 were the other two times). This time I managed to rope in my father, brother and brother-in-law to do it which was their first race ever.
The first thing that I noticed was that the Salwick club which was always a base was shut and it was at the local school. Oh no how would I live without a post race pint! Off to the school to pick up our race numbers I got there for about 10:15 a little later than planned but you couldn't see anything as for the sea of people who were there. On my way to pick up mine and my wifes race numbers I saw the sheet with who was allocated what race number laid on a table. Why not use a wall? I don't know. **Be warned it may sound like I may be slagging off Wesham RR but it is just a few of the members who I had the misfortune to deal with** Some one had put their bag on the table covering up the race numbers. There was a group there so I pointed at the bag and said "whose bag is this?" No response from any body in the group (all were wearing Wesham RR clothing) this time I caught someones eye and said again "whose bag is this?" still no response I asked again and again. On the fourth time of asking I got a response which was "sorry I didn't know what you meant" how many ways can you indicate what I were talking about? Two things from this:-
1. Why not put the numbers on the wall?
2. Why put your bag on the table which was covering the race numbers?
I Found my race number and some people cleared to show me where the ladies were giving the race numbers. I collected my race number and went to get changed, I opted for the outdoors as there was no space inside, (one of the benefits of the club IMO).
I wasn't going to put this next part in but on reflection it fits in well. We all go out for a warm up my dad pratting with the start line doing 100m starts and that sort of thing. When a guy asked a marshall "Do you know where the finish is?" his reply was "yes" and stood there. I waited for an answer as I was intrigued to know where it was as well but also knew what the marshall was doing. Especially when the man said something about are you going to tell me (or words to that effect) the marshall looked at me and said "did I or did I not answer the question?" tbf he did, and I found it funny. The finish was at the school previosly it was at the club.
The start had moved with the finish I can presume that it was because of the race HQ moved. At the start a man with a megaphone was saying something but unless you were within 10 rows of him (I think it was a him) you didn't understand a word he said which to the people around me caused much amusement.