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Hi SS - yep - you need 3 to make a thread - you start off with 1 which only allows text, then with 2 you can post links and pictures, finally with 3 you can edit the html before you post and make threads etc.
My theory was, because they only put me back on 1 - and they were looking to up me to 3 somehow - the 2019 thread would not show until I was at 3 - so that's why I decided to bump an unrelated thread, with relevant info, not that I am planning a lejog (yet)! to become a 3 again.
Unfortunately it has not revealed the 2019 thread - so I have re-contacted RW to ask if they can find it - or is it permanently lost?
Did I correctly spy a rodent? Amazing run RR! Congratulations
Do you think they'll let me run again, ever? Had no acknowledgement on this, sent about a week ago...
I just completed the perception survey and didn't get a chance to say half the things I wanted - did I miss a free format "do you want to say anything else" box? Or aren't you bothered about detailed responses?
Anyway here is what I didn't get a chance to say...
Coming out of Pietermaritzburg there were several sections that were simply too dark, dangerously dark to run in. In several places the runners ahead stopped dead, we literally ran into the back of each other, some fell over, some of these stalls were in the pitch dark, its only because people were shouting that others figured it out. Also in places the route funnelled down sharply from wide road to narrow road - probably the cause of the stalls - you need to get all that sorted for 2020 - its dangerous - you are lucky you got away with just disgruntled runners this year. I know you had supplemental lighting in places, that's a great idea, but coming out of pitch black into sharply lit is also a problem, the overwhelming glare from some of those lights was blinding in places, you need to get it all evened out.
I came in late, 11:55, the last support table - Toll Gate I think - was out of water - I know it was late in the day, but that's when people need it the most - how could you run out of water?
Was that the last support table? When you are tired and quite literally terrified of that final 12 hour cut-off your mind doesn't work right anymore - I think Toll Gate was the last support table - if it wasn't then in my fevered dash for the line I didn't see another - if it was the last, that's not enough - there are at least another 5ks to go? You need another - with water present!
The new finish Stadium is incredibly beautiful and iconic, but that's about all in terms of practicality and atmosphere. The crowd are remote, they are only on one side of you. It just feels such an empty and characterless run for the line.
As an international finisher, dead on my feet from the day, you put me through hell after the finish. The number of people who couldn't find where to go is massive, I think I finally spotted a woman stood on a chair waving her arms about shouting that International people should go through a gap? It was just chaos and not easy. Then you had the International area in the stadium seating with no access at ground level? What sadist thought that one up? I had to climb all the way to the top of the stadium! No supporting rail - 5 billion steps - up and up and up and up... I could hear my friends on the other side of the daft partition you had put in all the way up the stadium shouting my name, but I couldn't see them, when I actually got to the top of the stadium I was so spent that during the happy reunion with my friends the bottom suddenly fell out of my world and I ended up on the deck - my body had just had enough - I went all dizzy, my legs gave way, I could tell it was happening so I didn't actually faint but I went down very fast because I knew I was going to keel over if I didn't, there was then a scurry of people trying to figure out if I was OK, some sugary coffee and a bite to eat sorted it all out, but I am amazed you didn't have more of that or worse.
Why did you "shove" all the internationals into that remote location divorced from the finishing action? By the time I got there everything was over but everyone commented on how they felt so far off from what was going on. You've got a massive football field on the inside of the run-in totally unused, you could put all the finishers in there, these are the people who love Comrades, they want to feel involved with what is going on, many of them are waiting for their fiends to finish and the runners themselves want to be cheered in on that long run-in. Don't go telling me its grass and a match will be played the next day and its got to be treated with kid gloves - if a major rock band was going to play the stadium it would get covered over and be none the worse for wear the following day.
Why haven't you asked for more free-format opinion in that survey? All I could say in relation to the above in the survey was "needs improvement" how were you going to discern the level of detail I have just written above from "needs improvement"?
Do you want to get proper feedback?
I've been waiting for that survey for weeks - how come its taken you this long to send it? And when it arrives you don't want any detail?
Will I be allowed to take part after hitting send on this?
I love this race - I loved every minute of this year's event despite my ramblings above. Here's hoping you can improve things from my comments.
Yay! Glad my Baluchistan pygmy jerboa detector was spot on Loved the flag flowing cross over the line!