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    Just back from Berlin where I ran a PB (3:16:16) however I could and should have been under my target of 3:15 but was foiled by the heavey congestion in the first 10K (splits show I lost at least 3 minutes)!
    
    I know big races are proned to this but given I statrted in the 3:20 to 3:40 pen it is blantantly obvious that several thousnad runners in front of me were having a bad day or have been just far to optimistic or lied to get near the start line!
    
    Does anyone no why some runners do this? with the "Time Chip" system it doesn't make sense and frankly is very selfish.
    
    If you are one of these runners please stop doing it, the only compeditor for us ordinary folk is the clock and I would like to be able to take it on without having to practise my side step for the first few miles!!! 
     
    Just back from Berlin where I ran a PB (3:16:16) however I could and should have been under my target of 3:15 but was foiled by the heavey congestion in the first 10K (splits show I lost at least 3 minutes)!
    
    I know big races are proned to this but given I statrted in the 3:20 to 3:40 pen it is blantantly obvious that several thousnad runners in front of me were having a bad day or have been just far to optimistic or lied to get near the start line!
    
    Does anyone no why some runners do this? with the "Time Chip" system it doesn't make sense and frankly is very selfish.
    
    If you are one of these runners please stop doing it, the only compeditor for us ordinary folk is the clock and I would like to be able to take it on without having to practise my side step for the first few miles!!!
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    I find this. I was new to running about two years and the Manchester 10K was my first race so with an aim to beat my course record and get a PB i entered in for 40 minutes. I knew I could do this as I had got a PB of 42 just a couple of months before. 
    
    Now lined up with all the other runners, as the gun went off it was evident that some of these had either never ran in a race, at all or were having a very off day. Some people in front of me were doing 8 minute miles and would not move even when I asked them to move to one side so i could get through. I know Manchester for the first two miles can be congested and it takes time to break away built when after the first 500 meters being slowed to a walk, I questioned whether they were in the right field. 
    
    I think on big races like Manchester, Great North, London etc if the race has 'Waves' then they should ask for evidence that you can do the time, if not you are put at the front of the next wave. It's just not the big races, little small ones that have 200-500 people racing seem to have runners who line up on the start causing myself to waste the first K trying to get in front and settle into my stride. I always place myself in the middle of the field as I know I am not as quick as club runners and also know I tend to go off like a whippet with the pro's at a pace I can not maintain. 
    
    I'm glad it's not just me who thinks this about other runners. 
     
    I find this. I was new to running about two years and the Manchester 10K was my first race so with an aim to beat my course record and get a PB i entered in for 40 minutes. I knew I could do this as I had got a PB of 42 just a couple of months before. 
    
    Now lined up with all the other runners, as the gun went off it was evident that some of these had either never ran in a race, at all or were having a very off day. Some people in front of me were doing 8 minute miles and would not move even when I asked them to move to one side so i could get through. I know Manchester for the first two miles can be congested and it takes time to break away built when after the first 500 meters being slowed to a walk, I questioned whether they were in the right field. 
    
    I think on big races like Manchester, Great North, London etc if the race has 'Waves' then they should ask for evidence that you can do the time, if not you are put at the front of the next wave. It's just not the big races, little small ones that have 200-500 people racing seem to have runners who line up on the start causing myself to waste the first K trying to get in front and settle into my stride. I always place myself in the middle of the field as I know I am not as quick as club runners and also know I tend to go off like a whippet with the pro's at a pace I can not maintain. 
    
    I'm glad it's not just me who thinks this about other runners.
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