In short: So glad I did it! In full: Do not leave it until the last minute to register or you might miss it. It does sell out. Great (but tough) course with some cheeky hills. Loved the end, all down hill! :-) Genuinely supportive marshals. Great cakes at the end and all for a good cause (St Christopher's). Will definitely do it again! Date of review: June 25, 2015
In short: A Tough Mid-week hilly challenge In full: Its Malvern, which means its hills! This is not the ideal first race for anyone but there is a nice atmosphere about the Malvern Joggers and the race as a whole. They made mistakes this year with the results, I was missed out somehow, i have heard they're looking into chip timing next year (they have listened and learned). Its a good race for a training run but i didnt push it. Maybe also bring back medals? a lot of people werent happy with a tea towel! Doesnt bother me as medals just get slung in a drawer but they could be a thought. As for the curry, dont do it if you cant feed everyone, its a great idea but not so great in practice. Date of review: June 25, 2015
In short: Tea-towel and no curry! In full: Lovely area to run. Very challenging, but a good course if you want to race hard or take it easy. Didn't like the tea-towel, but can't grumble for £8....except that for a 2nd time, I did not get to experience the curry due to running out of the stuff. Had to go to pub up the road for my tea instead. Shame. Date of review: June 25, 2015
In short: Chip Timing failed at the event... In full: Nice location inside a scenic park, with a well organised team - registration, baggage, marshals, water stations, medals/goody bag distributors.
Route was nice, but there were some really narrow bits at times.
The chip timing for the majority of runners failed, first leading to chip timing team (Sports Systems) trying to pass off the gun time as the chip time, then leading to them providing an approx. chip time (using a guess of when you might have crossed the start line, to give you your chip time). Chip timing is quite important especially if you are going for a PB, so wouldn't risk doing this event again. Date of review: June 24, 2015
In short: 69 miles is always going to be tough, but thoroughly enjoyed In full: Great organisation overall. Some v supportive marshals.Stayed in dorms at the castle start for night before-was petrified about this (there as lone woman runner!), but ended up being a perfect plan and was great to meet ppl b4 race. Scenery on hills etc was lovely, and nice to see the wall, but was more of a road/tarmac-based run than I'd hoped for. My longest run to date, so am always going to think fondly of it. This year's alternative Finish Village was great when you got there, but the hanging around waiting for the minibus when you've run 69 miles and need the loo and think you may throw up was hard. Date of review: June 24, 2015
In short: Well organised road Ultra In full: This year, only the one-day option was available, and this was superbly organised. Route was well signed, Marshalls helpful and enthusiastic and the pit shops well stocked. The big hill past Vindolanda was gone this year, and the really should be thought of a road ultra, with the majority on tarmac or unmetalled road. As mentioned by others, coming into Newcastle on Saturday night is special, as is the final crossing of the millennium bridge Date of review: June 24, 2015
In short: Tough but achievable for everyone In full: Three days of torture was surprisingly fun- the camaraderie was magnificent and the organisation was outstanding- long may this event continue... Date of review: June 23, 2015
In short: poorly organised and expensive In full: Race pack postage underpaid so had to pick mine up from post office as did 300 other runners at a cost of £1.11 and a 38 mile round trip to the post office. Ankle timing chip cut into my skin with chafing during the race. Road closures welcome but when 1100 runners are in a pack and cones are in the middle of the road people are inevitably going to trip over them, which I saw. Goody bag was a cheap crap bag with the medal inside, that's it. Tshirt is practically threadbare it's so thin material. Most unforgiveable is cutting 0.6mile off the distance and being, thus far, totally unapologetic. Shan't run again until I hear of VAST improvements in organisation. Route needs looking at too, 90 degree corners at the start and narrow gates with 1100 runners is not good. Date of review: June 23, 2015
In short: Great event and definite PB potential In full: Really well organised 10k and very scenic for parts of it. Nice and flat course so definite PB potential. I found the roads from the 5k to the 8k mark a little dull compared to the rest of the race but then turning a corner and descending down to the high street and then back along the river was a really superb end to the race. Great event and will be back next year. The kite festival was also a welcome distraction for supporters! Date of review: June 23, 2015
In short: Best 10k in the country!! In full: Beautiful day, beautiful setting, beautiful atmosphere , fantastically organised, brilliant medal. Perfect 10k! Cannot be beaten by 'other' 10k events, full stop. All-time favourite race! Date of review: June 23, 2015
In short: Tough but fun In full: A terrific event,first half easy second half tough.i had no problems with water and bananas running out but it seems some people did so lessons to be learned next year.i did notice water being offered by some runners on the out and back van road section,well done to them,I also agree with a previous reviewer that small bottles should be used to avoid waste and also the first water station was not signposted,I was past it before I could react,overall though I would recommend the race Date of review: June 23, 2015
In short: Could do better In full: According to my watch the race went 4 min early, I did not take part in the group warm up but the point this finishes the race starts no warning. I did speak to a marschall as my watch had 10.26 who said it was 10.30 to show me his watch which stated 10.28, at least start on time Date of review: June 23, 2015
In short: Fantastic new course that was challenging enough for experienced runners and user-friendly enough for those new to the distance In full: I'll always have a soft spot for this race as it was the first race that I ever took part in and was the 10K that I ever ran. In 2014 it began my racing life. The 2015 course was a massive improvement over last year's and that of previous years. It was well marshalled apart from the turning at the Little Lines.
Well done to Medway Sport for creating a route that was interesting and not boring and flat. There was enough undulation for those that like climbs and downhill bits for tired legs to recover.
Huge thanks to Wisdom Hospice and their volunteers for the excellent marshalling. The race couldn't have worked without you. Just make sure that someone is at the Little Lines turning for next time!
This race is my "home race" as I am a Medway local and I thoroughly enjoyed it this year. The atmosphere was made by all the local running clubs whose members turned out in force and helped and supported each other along the way. This year the race definitely felt as though it belonged to Medway. Date of review: June 23, 2015