Criteria for judging races

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Oct 2012
11:36am, 4 Oct 2012
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becca7
Signage and/or quality of navigation instructions. See LDWA events.
Oct 2012
11:54am, 4 Oct 2012
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mushroom
Surely you've missed the obvious attraction / deterrent - 'no of Fetchies entered / likely to talk to you' :-)
Oct 2012
11:57am, 4 Oct 2012
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mushroom
Likelihood of GreatRun / NovaInternational leaving a spare hotel room that you can buy at a reasonable price?
Oct 2012
12:06pm, 4 Oct 2012
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CumbriAndy
While I'd agree that 'Garmin Error' shouldn't be enough to mark down a race with respect to its accuracy of distance, claiming a certificate (or not) isn't necessarily any help either. There are an increasing number of races that are not UKA certified - which could well be spot on - and there have been many instances over the years of 'on the day' race routes being different from that used to gain the certificate.
Oct 2012
12:09pm, 4 Oct 2012
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DeeGee
A course certificate doesn't make a great day out. Trail races are fine if Garmin measured, but you're unlikely to get a PB at the Yorkshireman, for instance.

OK, it is important if you want a ranking or GFA, but not if you enter races for the sheer joy of it.
Oct 2012
12:11pm, 4 Oct 2012
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DeeGee
"and there have been many instances over the years of 'on the day' race routes being different from that used to gain the certificate"

Hull Marathon for instance. Held a certificate. "Emergency Health and Safety concerns" put runners on the vehicle deck of the Humber Bridge and made the off-road section in the park shorter.

I'm not bitter!
Oct 2012
1:06pm, 4 Oct 2012
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Frobester
Approach to MP3 wearing and the organisers' likelihood of enforcing any "bans".
Whether "chip timing" means gun to chip, or chip to chip. Makes a big difference.

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