Close to a thousand runners gathered at the starting line at Vangate sports complex for Sunday’s Heritage Day 10km Race, hosted by Nantes Athletics Club.
While bad weather predictions may have kept some runners in bed, every thing else went off as planned, said race director Leon Hendricks.
“We definitely stepped up our game this year as far as our race logistics is concerned,” Hendricks said. “Being a WPA championship race, we pulled out all the stops,” he said.
“We introduced a new process to shorten the queues on the morning of race registration, which worked extremely well,” he said. To ensure that all our marshals were at their respective points ahead of time, we had a 60-seater bus drop them on the race route,“ he said.
“There was a slight breeze before the start , which died after. However, the major weather forecast warning put out the day of our race, put a damper on some of our race day planning and probably kept quite a few runners away on the day,” Hendricks said.
“Nothing can happen on the day, without a great team, and sponsors that donate generously to support us in being able to pull off a successful event of this nature,” he said.
Although happy with the outcome of Sunday’s proceeding, Hendricks said there is always room for improvement and would welcome feedback on how and where they can can lift the bar.
“That being said, external factors such as weather conditions, which is out of our control, will continue to play havoc with our planning ability for an event of this nature,” he said.