In short: 10k Debacle. No signs or marshals after 8k. Wasted time running in circles around Salisbury. In full: This could, and should, have been a great run - indeed it was, right up to the 8k point. Thereafter the directions stopped, the marshals were nowhere to be seen and small groups of runners milled around in groups trying to figure out the route to the finish. The group I was with had to resort to asking a dog walker for directions. Time and effort wasted all round.
I would be more than happy to be contradicted here, if it was just me being an idiot and getting lost then I would happily suck it up and move on. However the non-existent directions (and a route that bore little relation to the published course) led to widespread confusion for many runners.
You can probably sense my frustration here and, like I say, I stand to be corrected. However I, and many others, paid £22.00 to run in confused circles around northern Salisbury while any chance of a decent 10k time ebbed away.
At least it stopped raining just before the start. Date of review: August 10, 2014
In short: Great race through Sherwood In full: This is a super race. It is all off road around on firm tracks around Sherwood Pines.
It was the third time for me, and I do intend to return next year.
This year was nothing short of a deluge. It was torrential rain all around. Once you accepted there was no point in running around the water, then all was fine. We all got very wet, but a great time was had. I suspect there were not too many PB's this year. The ground held up though and was firm. Even the finish on the grassy area was fine ... this was probably as we were wading to the finish line :-)
Organisation was great (as usual). High praise to all the marshalls who stood out in the pouring rain giving support to the runners, and for the organisers for letting the run go ahead. I spent time on Saturday preparing myself for a cancellation.
In short: OK - but lack of water, signs and accurate mile/km was a problem In full: I ran the 30k race. Could have been good - but there is a lot of confusion and congestion from the number of events bunching up in the rfirst half. 30k event had no water or km markers for much of the race. I got lost in Salisbury due to lack of signs and overall found the race quite painful. For a trail run there was a lot of roads and traffic. Turned out to be 34k not 30k. Date of review: August 10, 2014
In short: Rain didn't dampen the spirits In full: This was my first Nice Work event and I enjoyed it. The weather was, in a word, appalling, with absolutely torrential rain for an hour before the start until shortly after we set off. The rain had the advantage that we had the park to ourselves, so comments from earlier reviews complaining about tourists didn't apply today!
Organisers put a brave face on despite the weather and were clearly proficient at running events of this size at this venue. A special thank you to the marshals for giving up their Sunday morning to stand around in the mud.
At the finishing line we got a medal, a cup of water and your choice of little treat. I had a jaffa cake.
A couple of very minor gripes: it was a touch crowded at the start, but that didn't last long. I think some people hung back at the starting line to get a better chip time, and I guess I could have done the same, so it's sort of my fault. And the instructions, generally pretty good, didn't make it clear that the bag drop was at The Hub, not at the race HQ tent. No biggie, and I'll know for next time. Date of review: August 10, 2014
In short: Friendly, fast & fun In full: Well organised with lots of lovely marshals (a big thank you to them). Good course with a slight hill at 4 miles but soon over. Excellent support at finish & really lovely atmosphere. Well done to race directors & team - excellent event:-) Date of review: August 10, 2014
In full: Lovely place to race, very low numbers in the 20k despite being fair vfm. It was just plain mean to put a hill like that at 9/19k especially when you've run hard. Goody bag was a bit disappointing. Plenty of parking and well marshalled. Very little support on the course and the finish. The race deserves better attendance but Raceways need to improve their goody bags. Date of review: August 10, 2014
In short: Another brilliant Pride Run in Victoria Park In full: My first ever running race was the Pride Run in 2010. I've returned every year since as I enjoy it so much. It's one of the handful of races I do every year. Lovely scenery and a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. I can't praise it enough. This year was my fifth Pride Run in a row. I hope to run it every year for as long as I can keep running. Thank you to all the organisers. I love the Pride Run! Date of review: August 10, 2014
In short: Scenic course with undulations, excellent organisation, beer at the end In full: One of my favourite halfs. Always well organised, brilliant location/facilities, love the hills and just a pleasant race to run Date of review: August 9, 2014
In short: Value for money clubby 7k in Bushy park In full: Very well organised 7k in a Royal park. Value for money entry fee and you get a nice Technical Tshirt. This is clubby event but beginners are made welcome. Date of review: August 8, 2014
In short: A great experience, recommend it to any runner. In full: A friendly, well organised race, great scenery, loads of helpful, encouraging marshals. Hard but worth it. Date of review: August 8, 2014