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Cock Up Of The Week

eventsorganiser

Who would be an event’s organiser?

Now, I may have got it wrong but when you take part in a 10 km “fun run” – surely the strangest concept known to man? – you would expect to run, walk or waddle around 10 kilometres, give or take. But the first 300 of the 1,200 runners taking part in the Bournemouth Bay Run last weekend, which incidentally raised £70,000 for the British Heart Foundation, were sent the wrong way adding a further 3 km to their ordeal.

Quite what went wrong is shrouded in mystery – initial reports were that a marshal decided to absent themselves from their station at the crucial moment to answer a call of nature but these have been hotly denied by the organisers, the local Council – and it may well have just been a good old-fashioned cock-up.

Still no one died and, mercifully, no one died during the Paris-Robaux spring cycling classic, an event I always look forward to. Demonstrating that perfection in events organising means everything is timed to a tee, the mass of cyclists arrived at a railway crossing seconds before a SNCF train was due to thunder through. Some managed to cross before the train came, some sneaked through while the barrier was down and the rest were held back by a brave gendarme.

The railway operators have demanded that the cyclists who crossed while the barriers were down should have their collars felt.

Mon dieu!

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