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It was the first one last year, wasn't it? It was only 23 miles long...
That's the one. They farked up the measurements last year (the HM was 18M for some, I understand).
The timings show clear problems: http://www.newportmarathon.org.uk/?page_id=329
there was also a lot of criticism of the event with lack of marshals (some people went the wrong way) and various other problems
they need to put a better event on this year if they want it to succeed
It was half road, half trail, very disorganised from start to finish. I was told it was flat, half of it rose up on very muddy tracks along the canal side to the visitor centre and back. I don't think many of those who did it last year would revisit.
Any idea if they are doing chip timing / getting official measurement for course. Would definitely consider it then.
Ah - just checked website to try and find out for myself... and it says EVENT CANCELLED. Shame. Would have really liked another close half marathon event.
Just found article from last Friday which confirms Diabetes UK taking over the event. Hopefully more info soon then.
I did the race on the weekend, although some people said it had improved, i cannot imagine how it could have been worse. 12 runners in the Full marathon.
The full marathon was 2 x the half marathon course with an extra 3.1 km looped onto the end. Not sure why?
Nothing at the turnaround points other than a marshal sat in a car saying, "turn here" No mile markers or halfway point and lots of turns with no signage.
I appreciate the work of the volunteers who were happy to be there and the organisation and work needed to run a race like this but so many simple things could have been done to make it a good event. I'm not worried about numbers of people or medals etc, but at least an acknowledgement of finishing or running the correct distance would have made the effort worthwhile.
I'd do it again if it was an accurate course as its a good training run but for the same price as a city marathon, it was not a great value event. Did anyone else run it?
looks like you ran the 2 miles that it was short from last year
Yep, I got 28 miles, was a respectable time if i take those extra 2 off.