In short: Disappointing event. Organisation was below par and not what I would have expected. In full: This event was sour from the start when I queued for 60 minutes on the Monday to collect my race pack. This was quick as others took even longer!
I was in the last wave of runners to start this event and we started 20 minutes after the first wave. On a warm day this might not have been an issue but on the cold and overcast day any warm up was just a waste as you had cooled down by the time you started. They chap on the mic did nothing to motivate the runners in the last groups other than telling everyone that they could be over by the burger van eating a greasy burger on top of announcing the male and female competitors who were having to take toilet breaks in the neighbouring bushes because of the long delay to start.
The race was well marshalled but was hugely let down at the 5k water station for those later runners to arrive and find the was no water available. Most of the runners in these groups are the ones who would have really required the drink. Thankfully it was not as hot as the previous day. As I went by, desperate for a drink, I saw the scouts (through no fault of their own) picking up half drunk bottles to hand out. Very disappointing when they claim there was 10000 bottles. In hindsight I would now always carry some money so I could stop at a shop.
On completing the event you have to complete pretty much a full lap of the football stadium before you got a drink. There were no goodie bags with the usual energy bars etc just a load of promoters trying to stuff other events in your hand. There wasn't event a medal just a cheap polyester t shirt which was handed out before the event which the majority didn't even wear.
Overall very very disappointing for an event costing £20. My 5k fun run cost less and gave more. Come on Sporting Futures you can do better than this. Date of review: April 25, 2015
In short: Brilliant! In full: Very nice run, mainly on trail/grass with a bit of road in the middle. Unlikely to get PB's if you do 10k's frequently. Very beginner friendly. Definitely recommend, will be doing again! Date of review: April 24, 2015
In short: Well organised but I wouldn't want to do it when it was muddy In full: I entered the 5 mile race (10 miles is two laps) on the day, so it was quite expensive, but as I'd been injured in the lead-up I had to take a view on the day and actually I'd rather pay a bit more to enter on the day than have to enter in advance and then lose the money when I can't run.
The course is pretty flat and was very dry. I don't think I would have enjoyed the course after a prolonged wet spell. That said, I found the ground very uneven even in trail shoes, so although the course was flat I didn't find it very fast.
It was quite exciting at the beginning, as we all set off, only to come to a grinding halt as a horse had got onto the course! So back we went and started again. I think that's the first time I've ever done a race that had to be restarted! There was water and a banana at the end, and a decent medal. I finished in the top ten ladies, so despite the slower time than I wanted, was happy with the result. Well done to Ellie and her team and I've entered most of the Dinton Pastures series for this summer now. Date of review: April 24, 2015
In short: Poorly organised and too many runners for the route In full: I have done Bournemouth Bay a couple of times over the last ten years, and to be honest I've not usually enjoyed it. I run this area 3-4 times a week, and find it frustrating to then run it where there are bottlenecks at the zigz-zags, and then no road closures on the cliff, so you're confined to a very narrow pavement. They don't even block off the parking on the cliff top roads, so to overtake anyone you're running around parked cars into traffic.
This year was no exception - I was hoping for a PB but was walking within 3 minutes to queue to go up the zigzag!
However, I entered this year as it fell 2 weeks before a half i was training for and I was hoping for a PB...
To say the event was a cock-up would be an understatement. Works on the pier meant a last minute change of route - which is bizarre as the works have been going on for some time now and are nowhere near finished so it shouldn't have come as a suprise to the council!
I was one of the runners who got to do an extra 2 miles for free... the council have been saying this is due to a missing marshall on the cliff top but this is a poor excuse. There were no signposts for the route up on the cliff, and one runner I spoke to afterwards said 'we got there just as they opened the gate' - suggesting the route wasn't even prepared properly!
Then, as we all (finally) crossed the finish line you were funnelled into pier approach, expecting to go through to the lower gardens, where they had the t-shirts and medals etc. Except you couldn't get through because the Half marathon route was blocking it off. So to get round you had to go up and over the flyover - I didn't bother in the end (not least because my chip time is for 8.3 miles - so the medal is null and void!)
That all said - this mess up was a one-off. The run is a beautiful route, and a great atmosphere, and a good fundraiser. Its probably good as a fun-run or a beginner - a couple of very cheeky hills to tackle but otherwise flat.
Bournemouth Council just need to sort out the organising as it gets more popular; I doubt many keen runners will take to this event if organisation continues to be as it is.
My one other comment from my husband, who was this year spectating, is that the commentator was awful. Usually at these events you have comments on local runners, other events, speed, time etc. But he kept referring to the 10K as a 'fun-run' and chatting about random weather-related subjects. Very off-putting! (and the run was far from fun for those of us mis-routed).
In full: First time I'd run "The Dash" and the organisation was second to none, it may well be a relatively new race but everything from parking/marshalling/food & drinks were superb. Thanks to Danesfield school and everyone that made it a great day. Date of review: April 24, 2015
In short: Challenging hills, but great countryside run and good, friendly organisation In full: This is a great race, which I plan will be a regular in the calendar. Just the right number of runners, all abilities and good marshalling. Friendly feel to it. Nice scenery (not keen on a couple of the hills) but some fab down hill as well!! Date of review: April 24, 2015
In short: Forgotten How Good This Race Is! In full: Was surprised when I realised due to injuries and other stuff getting in the way that I hadn't done this race since 2010. Won't let that happen again especially even after all that time away I PB'D. A gem of race. Super route, great value, well organised. Faultless. Date of review: April 23, 2015
In short: I have taken part in every Derby 10K since 2011 and have looked forward to each one since, but have been increasingly disappointed as the route has changed each year seeming to take in less of the city centre and more of the industrial areas In full: I too am one of those who on arriving at the half way drinks station, found that there was no water left! Not a problem for me, but my 16 yr old daughter was running her first 10K and would have liked to have a drink and I am sure that the many people coming up behind me would have needed one.
I have got used to the two-wave start from previous years but this year's three-wave start was a big surprise and led to my daughter and I standing in the chilly, dull weather for what seemed like an age as the bloke on the microphone did nothing to cheer us up but instead reminded us how long we had to wait and told us to boo another bloke who seemed to only be doing what the organisers had told him to. I didn't want to be starting the Derby 10K with boos! The most appealing thing about previous years has been the party atmosphere at the start and the stadium finish in front of crowds.
What an anti-climax too! No goody bags, no t-shirt just people stuffing flyers for the next event in your hand as we left the stadium tunnels. Last year I think it cost £16, this year it cost £20 and to me seemed to be an inferior event and a poor experience. Date of review: April 23, 2015
In short: Great in parts, but could do better In full: Only my second Marathon (after Kielder), and mostly really enjoyed it. The cons? The expo was disappointing. Because runners have to go there to pick up numbers it's basically just a means to try and flog people stuff (so I bought a pair of socks!). Definitely not enough toilets at the start, the queues were ridiculous and I didn't even make it halfway to the front before it was time to go to the start. Medal and t-shirt distinctly average and 'goody bag' virtually non existent (by comparison Kielder medal and t-shirt are brilliant and the goody bag ended up chock full of stuff, including a free pair of socks in 2013). The tracking option on the BM app was useless (for my wife anyway) - the updates were coming through at least half an hour after I passed the tracking points so she had no real idea where I was. Way too many runners with headphones on, completely unaware of those around them. I think they should be explicitly banned in races, and anyway I can't help feeling those wearing earphones are missing out on the cameraderie and crowd support.
So the pros... fast, flat course (anyone who thinks there were hills really needs to get out more!). I know a lot of people have complained about the water in cups, but for me at least it's ideal -little and often. I didn't feel dehydrated at any point. I absolutely loathe the pouches some runs use (I just can't get on with them). A compromise would be the smaller sized bottles. The crowd support was absolutely amazing, by far the best I've experienced in a race and it really kept me going - thank-you Brighton & Hove! Date of review: April 22, 2015
In short: Expensive, not enough toilets but very spectator friendly In full: This is the most expensive marathon in the UK - why? You have to go and get your race pack the day before - and getting into Brighton is as bad as London. The start never has enough toilets, the queue is round the block with people missing their ideal start time. The marshals are good and the actual race is well organised. They took a bit out of the Rottingdean end but I wish they would take more out of the Industrial estate - that section is just so grim at 20- 23 miles. This year they had cups rather than bottles, I was fine with that, I always walk through water stations otherwise I choke and/or get stitches. I know others didnt like it. There were loads of water stations especially towards the end - too many maybe? I suppose you dont always have to stop. It is a really spectator friendly course, lots of places where friends/family can see you several times without having to move too far. The finish is a long way out of town though. Better spacing of the meeting zone letters this year. Date of review: April 22, 2015
In short: Fast and Flat - PB possible In full: First time running this race and overall it was very good. Parked at the football car park and had no issues at all. It was good to be close to the action. Race village was well set up, although I thought there would be more toilets. With 8,000 starters it was quite busy for the first 4 miles before things spaced out. Quite an experience as I'm used to a field of half this amount. The mile markers appeared at times to be out of position. The Mile 1 marker was pointing the wrong way round, but on the return it was in the correct position. I missed some of the markers, probably due to other runners in the way. Only due to GPS did I know a mile had passed. The support was plentiful and good. Plenty of water available too. The course is flat and the hill in Altrincham was quite tame. Some of the roads are quite long (Brooklands) and it is easy to suddenly loose time here, but as with any marathon just need to be mentally strong. My GSP came back with 26.03m. The limitations with GPS are well known, so I'm not worried about this. (other courses have been well over the 26.2 from GPS). Nice medal and Tech T-Shirt and chocolate at the end. I got a PB, so overall very pleased. Date of review: April 22, 2015
In short: Fast and Flat In full: Enjoyed the race, fast flat and great PB potential. PB achieved so the race is a winner in my eyes! I have other Marathons and whilst this will not match London it is a close second mainly due to the local turnout and support which was just amazing. Great T shirt and medal. Just one gripe on the race, the mile markers were just terrible particulary the 25 marker. Not great. I compare this to Nottingham and this was far superior. Date of review: April 22, 2015
In short: fab organised race In full: lots of support along the course very well organised. not a pb course as Plymouth not a flat city but non the less you can still run a quick half there Date of review: April 22, 2015
In short: Tough 10k Run In full: A well run event even with the tough hills to contend with and countryside terrain. Not a pb course but a challenging and scenic run with deers running across the path at the 7 mile point. Organisation 1st class and commemorative beer at the end a nice touch. Well marshalled and nice being able to watch the Belton Horse Trials after the run. A few people were late due to traffic getting into the estate but if you leave early enough and plan ahead this shouldn't be a problem. Looking forward to running again next yr!! Date of review: April 22, 2015
In short: Stunning views on a traffic free environment. Lovely and quiet In full: Such a shame this is not better supported by more runners. Such a great location. Mildly undulating in places otherwise flat and fast. It's so quiet and peaceful to run.
The organisation was good and a few things for the spectators at the start and finish. Don't be put off by the two laps it was fine. This means the supporters get to see the runners several times.
Got a PB on this one so may call it a day now! Date of review: April 22, 2015