I know I shouldn't be too critical from my armchair but the area looked pretty ordinary. Street O WOC. Hopefully they are saving the best areas for World Masters.
With respect to our team, we should have sent Marty Dent.
Indeed! With a PB of 13:41 for 5000m he's probably the only one that could have come close to Kris Jones (Pb 13:45) speed.
There seems to be a mindset that the sprint relay should be relatively easy; there were a few decent route choice legs but nothing especially technical. I think Marty would have been well suited to this (and to the sprint qualification, although not so much the final) - he's not in 13.41 shape these days, but he's certainly a lot closer to it than most.
Realistically, for most WOC sprint qualifications, if you're not fast enough to run a sub-15 5000m you're going to struggle to make a men's WOC sprint final.
Well there is relatively easy and then there is the Sprint relay which could have been run using a page from the street directory.
Most of the route choice legs were simple left v right either around a block or a building or other obstacle. Two or maybe three route choices were a bit more complex (in the womens course maybe S-1, 5-6 and 16-17) and none you would really consider to be technical. I'm pretty sure Alm chose wrongly on most of the long route choice legs and she still had the best time by miles. Not sure whether this is a good thing or bad!
6-10 was frankly no different to a Parkrun.
I know we are trying to bring O to the spectators and this may require compromises in choice of venue but this area was so unfit for a WOC race it's not funny. The course setter did their best but it crossed the line between O and a track meet/cross country race for mine.
Yep, painful as it is to admit, but Ecmo nails it, the Sprint Relay was easier than the primary schools events we have here on a Saturday morning. The coverage was great, but watching the replay with Lyra we were both amazed at how noddy it was.
I don't know why it was different for WOC, but actually that area looked like it had potential to be really tricky from the old maps and previous events held there. There were plenty of complex areas of buildings/wasteland in the blocks between roads that were just all olive green on the WOC map. Not to mention the possibility of using fences.
Certainly in team GB we were prepared for it to be much more technical.