Saturday, February 25, 2012
Robin Hood marathon in England cancelled...
From a more local point of view, it does show how difficult organising a long distance race can be. The one that springs to mind is the Cork BHAA Cork to Cobh 15 mile race. If the new dual carriageway to Midleton had not been built back in the 90's and had all of that traffic had stayed on the old road, would the race be still going ahead today? I very much doubt it. Races like this take a lot of organising and depend a lot on the goodwill of the local authorities. It is perhaps a reminder that we should take nothing for granted when a race takes place on a public road.
The cancellation of this particular Marathon also shows what is important when it comes to a 'Marathon event'. Like many of the Marathons in Ireland, the Marathon race itself is the minor event while there is often a Half-Marathon associated with it which is the one that will really draw the crowds.....and money. As the saying goes, the Half is the new Marathon!