Thursday, August 25, 2011
Results of the Cork BHAA Army/Navy 5 mile race...Wed 17th Aug 2011
The link is HERE
I ran this race and I suspect that some of the mile markers might have been in the wrong spot. My 2nd mile was roughly as fast as my first mile despite the fact that there was a big hill in it. My 3rd mile seemed a lot slower even though I maintained the same pace.
So I suspect that some of the mile markers were in the wrong spot. In reality, it's no big deal as long as the overall distance was correct.
But was it? Someone mentioned to me that the start line was further back in previous years, not at the arch where the start and finish point was.
I plotted out the course on MapMyRun and the 1 and 4 mile mark did not match up. It suggested that the course was ~50 metres short. It would be worth mentioning that MapMyRun is not super accurate. It gives an indication, not definite proof.
I asked a few people with GPS watches what they measured. Exactly 5.00/5.01 miles. The problem here is that they should not have got exactly 5.00 miles, it should have been a fraction longer...something like 5.05 miles. A runner is very unlikely to take the exact shortest route on a course and will nearly always run slightly longer. Again a health warning.......GPS watches are prone to errors. They give an indication but do not provide conclusive proof.
In terms of race courses and accuracy, it is ok if a course is slighty too long. In that case, people will have run the required distance and all times are valid. But if a course is slightly short then all times are void.
So, was the course accurate or short?? Opinions?? Click on the comment link below...