Event review from Alan Rothwell, Race Director, Port Sunlight 10K.
The Port Sunlight 10K on Sunday, 19th May was latest race for us and as many of you will know it was the first time we had staged the event. Lat year Matt Davies and the Port Sunlight Trust did an excellent job in getting the event started and hopefully we have helped develop the race this year. We had 600 more entries than in year 1 which was the biggest improvement and we introduced a 5K distance and also a kids Fun Run after the main race.
Having inherited a new event and course that I’m not overly familiar with is always potentially fraught with problems but I’m pleased to say that all went well on the day although my own post race assessment was suggests a number of areas that need improvement (as always) ahead of the 2014 event.
Firstly I think the course needs to be structured with one way running only. Two way running on some of village roads was difficult with the roads too narrow for the numbers taking part. If the event is to grow, which I’m sure it will, then the current format won’t be able cope. I’m sure many of will have heard me encouraging to ‘stay inside the cones’ as I guided the lead runners around the course on my bike!!
I’m sure the course can be restructured to allow for that and I have a proposal ready to present at the event debrief.
Another consideration would be to host the 5K at 10.00am or remove it altogether and deliver just a 10K. Either option would alleviate confusion approaching the finish area on the second lap.
Other than that I think the event has great potential but would not want to see the numbers go beyond the 1,500 mark in order to ensure the best possible race for those taking part. Over a two lap course I think it is difficult because of lead runners lapping back markers. Anyway, I think the Port Sunlight 10K has all the makings of a great event and hopefully we can look at implementing improvements for next year.
Secondly, apologies for the results not being posted straight after the race. This was due to circumstances beyond our control and I have no doubt it was a genuine error on the part of TDL who normally deliver a first class service – and have done for a number of years with our events. Tom Last has sent his sincere apologies to me for the problem arising in the first place and assured me that normal results service will be resumed for the Tunnel 10K.
I digress slightly but Tunnel 10K packs will be going out on TUESDAY, 21st MAY and should arrive within 3 working days. Please don’t panic if yours doesn’t arrive as we cannot advise where they go once they leave the office. We have had considerable problems with Royal Mail delivery for both the Half Marathon and Port Sunlight races but Yvonne has managed to provide replacement numbers for any that don’t arrive.
In the Half Marathon we had 123 race packs just never arrive at all and we still have no idea where they went – despite having a return address printed on the envelope. Just before the Port Sunlight 10K we had 88 enquiries about lost race packs on one day alone. That was nearly three weeks after they were posted out. Some local entry race packs actually arrived the day before the event which is staggering. Just over three weeks to get from Hatton Garden to other parts of Merseyside!
Anyway, race packs will be going out as mentioned and hopefully Royal Mail will pull their socks up and deliver on time.
Just on the Tunnel 10K I would expect around 3,500 entries will come in as last year and I’ll be in touch about some slight changes to the course on the Liverpool side shortly.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the Port Sunlight 10K.
btrLiverpool Race Director