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(BBC)   Half-marathon organisers cancel race due to lack of water stations, learn that you can't actually do much to stop 4,000 people running on public roads   ( bbc.co.uk) divider line
    More: Fail, Sheffield Half Marathon, public roads, water stations, South Yorkshire Police, water shortages  
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2014-04-07 12:49:27 PM  
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fireclown: You sort of place yourself in the pack based on how fast you think you're going to run it.

And you still end up passing/being passed because some people start fast and others finish fast and all the other combos in between.

I was in the back of the pack for the Paris semi. Took a long time to get to the start with 23,000 runners. Most guys crossed the start line and then headed to the sidelines to pee.
2014-04-07 11:57:18 AM  
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Shan: ead to a broken foot early on that the medics insisted was only a sprain**.

Let me guess: they gave you Motrin for it?

/Stationed with the 25th back in the day.
2014-04-07 11:47:12 AM  
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Shan: I'm curious though about the logistics of the scoring of a marathon. I mean typically when you see a marathon there are an assload of people there; who determines if you start at the front or the rear? And how do you accurately time anybody other than the front of the pack? Anyone who has run in a pack of any size knows that there's a massive rubber-band effect and it has to be several minutes at some of the larger marathons before the "last" person to start even crosses the starting line

let me help you out:

As to starting positions, there is an "elite" section at the front, consisting of the skinny kenyan wankers who are there to WIN the thing.  The idea is that they shouldn't have to lose time weaving through the plodding plebes (such as myself), and endanger everyone else.

You sort of place yourself in the pack based on how fast you think you're going to run it.  Large runs will have pace groups where a group leader will run at a given rate and bring you over the line at a specified time.  For example, I usually run a 2:00 hour half marathon, so I would line up with the 2:00 group.  They aren't slowing down for shiat, so if you can't keep up, you just fall back.   A fellow farker friend of mine would line up with the 1:45 group because he's a big fat doodyhead (hey there A.T.).  Fast guys up front, slow guys at the back.

Timing is done via RFID chips, typically embedded in your number.  It starts you time when you cross the line, and stops when you cross the finish line.  Simple as that.  There are gates throughout the course that record split times.  Some runs also use your number to take pictures based on when your bib number shows up.  A lot of times they will then sell you the pictures at exorbitant rates.
2014-04-07 09:10:23 AM  
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UberDave: They're going to get that goddamn oval decal no matter what!

Don't forget the 13.1 sticker
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