There were problems galore at the Alton Towers venue for the second time. Courses altered for 'elf and safety', runners in the girl's under 15 made to wait for 30 minutes in the pen area on a freezing cold afternoon, and the senior men's race shortened to 10k because of daylight even though it started at 3.20. I think that it was most unfortunate that the senior men had to run a short first lap, as this meant that slower runners were being overtaken early on a narrow section, where many were aiming for the same piece of narrow ground that had the least mud! I did not wish to impede others and was getting pushed around, so I withdrew along with several others at the back, and I concede that some may have dropped out anyway. Is it now time to reconsider venues, especially midlands which in addition to Alton Towers have caused problems in the past ? For many up north, a journey by train to London would be quicker than road - over 3 hours from Scarborough but about the same by rail/tube to PHF. The English FA Cup final is always at Wembley so why not the National at PHF, even though some venues such as Leeds are fine.
Scarborough AC. DNF 2011 !