I received the following e-mail and it concerns a subject dear to all our hearts.......the refreshments after a race ;o)
Have a read through it and see do you agree / disagree??
The standard of food on offer after races varies considerably, from nothing at all to bread and butter sandwiches, biscuits through to pastries, cakes and all you can eat.
Some of the perennial questions race organisers ask include: “How many (runners) will we get?” and “What (food) will be give them?” Neither is an easy question to answer, particularly in light of the huge rise in race entries in recent times.
However one thing has struck me in the last year or two: after many races, in spite of (apparently) plenty of fare being on offer, many runners find, after their warmdown or shower (or both), that there is little or no food left for them.
It seems to me that many races have a reputation for putting on a fine fare of afters and that these, relative to those that do not have such a reputation, draw a bigger crowd of families and other supporters.
During the past year or so, I spent a period of enforced absence from running/racing but attended races nevertheless, taking photos, and I was able to see firsthand what happens immediately after race finish at many of these family attended events.
While the runners warmdown, shower, change or do whatever it is that runners do after races, the families and supporters swoop on the fare, rapidly depleting, even exhausting stocks, leaving only the remains for the main people, the runners.
It is common to see tables of mainly, non-runners) with lots of half-eaten cakes and sandwiches in from of them, with (staving) envious runners circling tables like vultures looking for unwanted fare. Bear in mind that most runners will not have eaten for several hours before the race, while the supporters will almost certainly have had their meal beforehand.
I don’t have an answer to this, but would be interested in finding out what others think.
There are several suggestions that come to mind, but most of these involve additional manpower, which itself is always in short supply at races. Even having separate tables of food offerings for non-runners involves more manpower, control and resources.
Probably the most practical option, from the organisers viewpoint, is to hold back the ‘best wine’ until the main body of runners filters in.
What do others think? Anyone replying might consider their answer in terms of race organisation and manpower limitation.
Btw, what REALLY ‘gets on my wick’ in this regard is the very small minority of ‘interlopers’ who neither enter the race nor pay any entry fee, but nevertheless proceed to use the race facilities and eat the food on offer.
Well do you agree or disagree with the sentiments above? Is there an obvious solution?