Work Commute Track Club wrote:
There is a huge pause in proceedings to hear from a guest speaker who speaks when conditions are best for running.
Do people really come to listen to the guest speaker? I come to watch fast running.
You're missing the point that it's almost eight solid hours of races. The officials actually need a break. Do you know how hard you have to focus being a manual lap-counter at this kind of thing? It would actually be illegal in Europe to make people work without a break that long, and certainly unwise given the average age of track and field officials.
Half of the crowds manage to listen, half can't get close enough to take the chance to get some food and drink and hang with their mates.
And since the guest speaker is usually one of the UK's best ever runners, most of us are happy to listen.
The format works.