In short: Some big issues to sort out....but a great view In full: When I last ran this 2 years ago I was in the toilets when the race started after arriving late due to traffic problems. There were big traffic problems again - why not turn off the lights and have police/marshals directing traffic to ensure people get there on time?
It was a good idea to have a block of urinals for the men, but I did feel sorry for those female runners and those men who needed number 2s - perhaps there should be designated runner only toilet blocks (marshalled properly) to ensure those runners who need the loo can go before the race starts.
I did appreciate the fact that the race was delayed this year, although I heard no official announcement (and I lined up about 9.20-9.25).
As for the race itself, support was great, the course if reasonably flat, although the two U-turns near the end weren't ideal. If you want a PB course, go to Leeds. If you want a fairly flat course with great scenery but lots of twists and turns and aren't too fussed about a PB, then York is more your thing. I might be back again but it's not at the top of my list of races to do in future.... Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: Hard, great course In full: Great route very challenging. Marshalls were superb. Very hot wiped me out 2 big hills on the way back. Very good value for money. Thanks Gary great event, yes I will do it again next year!!! Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: Great Event, thoroughly enjoyed but very hard! In full: A big thank you to all that were involved in running this event, you did a great job. It was my 2nd ever 10k (and the hardest!) and I felt very welcome and the atmosphere was there that was needed to keep you going. It is definitely a tough one to do but I'm more prepared for next year! Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: After a three year hiatus from running this was a great race to start back with, beat my expectations. The crowd was great, much welcome street music and high fives too. Encouraged me to keep running and get back into it. Date of review: August 2, 2015
In short: A great tough midnight marathon - well worth another go next year! In full: My first proper night run having done the 10k ghost run in Portsmouth with street lights - this was proper dark!! I opted for the early start 8 pm rather than 9 as i take a good 5.5 hrs to do trail marathons roughly and the extra hour of daylight certainly helped. I have to say i wasnt completely aware that there wasnt going to be any signage or marshalls as such on route although this was probably my fault not reading the race notes carefully enough. It was basically follow the South Downs Way which in the daylight was fairly tricky but at night goodness me im so glad i chose to keep up with someone who did know this route. The halfway point at Cocking was a glorious sight to behold - cheering supporters dressed in neon and friendly faces asking how we were getting on , a nice selection of food - before turning back round and heading back up the road for the return 13 miles. I ended up on my own for the first time on the way back and soon realised this was not such a good idea as i was unsure of the route. i had to wait til someone overtook me then follow their headtorch but unfortunately we both ended up going wrong taking a 15 minute detour before running back to join the row of headtorches going the right way!! We werent the only ones - a few stories at the drinks stations made me feel better i wasnt the only one.Once back on track i kept tight to the other headtorches around and that was a very sensible thing to do. The occasions when i was running alone were awesome though - starry and moonlit the surrounding area is just so beautiful. And it was kind of cool running through deep dark woods at midnight like something out of Scooby Doo! The terrain was mainly farmtrack and this at night was extremely tough to cope with. I tripped so many times but that is im sure part and parcel of night running . The course is pretty hilly but the tracks underfoot were harder to deal with than any hill . Finally returning back to the QE park via the ridiculously spooky dark forest with another runner for company 6 hours after starting i was smiling as i finished - i bloody loved it! - Yes i got lost and yes my feet killed after taking such unkind punishment on terribly uneven tracks yes i felt better signage in certain places wouldve helped alot of orienteering novices like myself but you know what i really hope they do this again next year - it was a lot of fun to do a marathon at night the halfway support was brilliant the organisers did a good job - the wonderful people to greet you at 2 AM i just wouldve liked a little more help on route thats all .Is this one of my all time favourite races? You know what ? I think it is !! One i will never forget .
In short: Nice day but more toilets needed In full: This was my second year of running. Parking was an issue so arrived early this year and had no problems. Lack of toilets though had people queuing and it was a good job start delayed otherwise would have missed start. Sub 45 bay not big enough but soon became apparent that a lot of the runners in there were not likely to get a sub 45 run. Really can't understand why these people do it. Course is enjoyable through the city and next to the river and always plenty of support on route. Dissapointed that there wasn't the same amount of facilities there this year. Coffee bar there last year with seating and also inflatable slides which weren't here this year. Advertised as a family run but more needed for kids to meet that. Date of review: August 2, 2015
In short: A very hot day, so a tough run, but well worth the effort! In full: A gorgeous route, although the hills are very steep in places. The hot weather meant it was hard work, but a fantastic marathon and well worth all the hard work. Fab medal and t-shirt makes this exceptional value too. Date of review: August 2, 2015
In short: Nice summer cross country 10k In full: PB potential as it is pancake flat, a couple of tight turns and narrow sections where you struggle to pass people, however the overall numbers are low so it doesn't hold you up.
Improvements for next year would be to find a way of hearing the race briefing at the start, not sure why the PA wasn't working. Everything else worked well and great cakes at the finish. Date of review: August 2, 2015
In short: Great race In full: My first time at this race. Plenty of toilets, good parking, plenty of water stations (thankfully! Was hot today), lovely t-shirt, great after food and drink selection on site, plenty of signage and marshals, undulating route-you won't get a PB but you will be glad you came. Fantastic value for money. Highly recommended. Date of review: August 2, 2015
In short: Average route, parking and toilets shocking! In full: Set off in good time, queued 30 minutes to get in car park. Had 20 minutes to use the toilet before starting time and had to give up because there were hundreds of people waiting and only 20-30 toilets, which considering there was 6000 runners was ridiculous. Quite a majority of the people were not even runners so perhaps it would be better to have runners only until after the start time. Unfortunately due to toilet and parking fiasco I could not even get anywhere near where I should have been according to my pace and ended up at the back. Then just as I thought once I got going everything would be fine, there was a ten minute delay in starting the race. Once we got going into the city people were walking in front of runners due to lack of marshalls which was very frustrating. One girl fell over and no marshalls or first aiders were anywhere near to help. Towards the end an elderly marshall criticised people for 'huffing and puffing' which I thought was very rude and not helpful at all. Following the race trying to get out of the car park again was a nightmare, we waited an hour to get out and spent 15 minutes before we could move at all. More marshalls and toilets needed and alternative parking suggestions, if not perhaps reduce the number of runners. Date of review: August 2, 2015
In short: Lovely low key friendly race In full: This was a nice race for a sunny Sunday morning. Well signed, well marshalled and great refreshments at the end. Course is mostly flat with a few inclines but downhills too to make up for it. Nice medal and liked the results print out at the end. Only negative is to the volunteers removing the timing chips. If a runner says 'let me sit down first' please let them sit down. I fell over as the volunteer grabbed my arm as I was walking off to find a space to sit down. I wasn't going to steal the timing chip, I just felt faint and dizzy. Give people a few more seconds to recover! Date of review: August 2, 2015
In short: Fast race, reasonably well organised In full: Pros Pretty flat (50m gain over 10k) Good atmosphere Fast results received via txt Nice surroundings
Cons Niggly hills and sharp turns with two momentum-sapping u-turns Not enough room in sub-45 pen, crammed in like sardines 45min pacer got it all wrong, charged off ahead and apparently had to really slowly jog last few hundred metres to slow himself down to 43-44 even! Date of review: August 2, 2015
In short: Excellent race for a good cause- BUT In full: Really enjoyed it apart from trying to get out of the car park at the end. It took well over an hour, distinct lack of marshals here. Could put me off what was otherwise a brilliant run. Date of review: August 2, 2015
In short: Route enjoyable, parking disgraceful and ruined the day In full: Route is good - although a large number of tight corners. Who experience spoiled by parking. Over 30 minutes to get in, over an hour to get out. Organisation of the parking needs to be completely restructured as it was a disgrace - moved 4 car lengths in 40 minutes. For this reason I will not be back (did it in 2013 and things were fine) Date of review: August 2, 2015
In short: No better way to start Sunday... In full: This is one of the lesser-known events but that's what makes it special. Quite a find but worth the drive. Organisation is top-notch, marshals friendly and supportive and the course really nice. Had a great time today - ran well and was delighted with the high-quality medal, superb tea and brilliant parking ! Would I do it again ? For sure ! Well done all organising it ! Date of review: August 2, 2015
In short: UK's friendliest 10k In full: One of the best 10ks I have been too. Being picky not sure why only 1 entrance was open and there could have been more toilets. BUT I am being picky! Excellent atmosphere, beautiful setting and def a PB potential Date of review: August 2, 2015