In short: Warm, friendly, cheerful and fab cake! In full: What a great day - and a really good idea to offer something slightly less challenging than the traditional Ware 10. Lovely part of the world, and the marshals were just terrific. One of the most friendly events I've ever done :) Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: Good Race ruined by lack of water at the end! In full: This is a great PB race as it's relatively flat. Starts and ends on the running track which gives a really nice feeling at the end. Sparse support once you leave the athletic track and not the best scenery; but there were enough people around you to keep you motivated!
Biggest disappointment was when I finished and there was no water. I finished around the hour mark and there was no water for anyone after that - absolutely disgraceful and no explanation given despite asking for one!
I'd love to do it again as it's a quick race, but there needs to be better organisation and maybe more photos! Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: Nice seaside race In full: Good organisation (the marshalling was absolutely brilliant!), being a grey and windy Sunday morning meant that there weren't that many people on the promenade, which was good for us as there were no closures in place. The only downside from being coastal is the wind which was against us for around half of the race, but I guess there's nothing one can do about it! :) Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: One I always look out for every year! In full: This was my second Mo Run and my friend and I always do a little challenge to raise momey for charity. In 2013 it was who would win, the 2014 race was try to get my friend under the 50 minute mark and I'd act as his pacer.
The organisation is top notch, the atmosphere is electric, the MC is brilliant and encouraging to all runners and the course is set in the scenice Greenwich Park.
A really tough race with plenty of hills but it really does fly by and it is such fun. Although the weather wasn't particularly warm, there were plenty of people there braving the cold, cheering everyone along and there was a real buzz from all the other runners. Well organised start so that the faster people were at the front and all the others who came for the fun run side of it too seemed to be having a great time with the Group Warm up too.
My friend got round in just over 50 minutes which although wasn't the target was a massive PB for him and he was over the moon.
One good thing about this race is there is plenty to do in the area afterwards so it's not a case of "Here's your medal and cheerio!" Belgian beer always goes down nicely after this race we've found...
I will continue to do this race as often as I can and a great run for a great charity. Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: The online photos didn't match up to the event, but not sure it was Swanley Running Clubs fault In full: My sister wanted to do this and wanted me to sign up to keep her company. I obliged and found it didn't really dent the wallet too much. The pictures on the website looked great fun and I was looking forward to this, but when I arrived to just a gazebo and a parked car pumping out Christmas songs, I felt a little bit under-awed.
Chatting to a member of the running club, they informed me the reason for the toned down atmosphere this year was that the local council were charging outragous prices just to close the roads for a few minutes so therefore they decided to hold it in the park.
The race was good and the course was nice although a touch reptitive doing practically the same loop 4-5 times but the friendliness of everyone and the christmas pudding as a finishing prize was a nice touch.
Not one I'd do again but for under £10 it wasn't too bad. Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: As always - lovely race In full: Second time running this race - first time it was 32 degrees and sweltering. This time it was windy and rainy but both times I have massively enjoyed the race. Ten miles of beautiful New Forest countryside - mainly good paths. No need for trail shoes and relatively flat. Nice mix of club runners and non-club runners meaning it's beginner friendly as well as club-friendly.
Varied course with some open fields and views of the famous ponies, and some through more woody areas. Always good support throughout the course and in the start/finish field. Year-specific horse brass at the finish line, oodles of parking and plenty of portaloos - what more could you ask for?! Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: Fantastic, challenging route in a friendly atmosphere In full: I really enjoyed this race. A low key affair, registration at Dorchester Sports centre was easy and straightforward. A quick warm up before assembling at the start. The course was lovely, scenic, nearly all off-road and a fair few hills! The section around Maiden Castle was very challenging - tough terrain, wind, and "undulating" to say the least! A real test for the legs, but thankfully a downhill section for last 1.5 miles before a short uphill finish. Was very pleased to finish in 11th place and clinch the Men's team trophy. Would've been nice to have received a trophy along with the wine like other winners, but that's the only real feedback point for the organisers. I look forward to next years already Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: Good Route - shame about the organisation! In full: I can not believe the organisers did not arrange portaloos! 750 runners and 2 toilets provided - what a joke. Spent 30 mins in the queue the race was delayed and managed to get to the start line just as the 10 second countdown began....so a stressful start to the race :(
The route was good but the twists and turns sometimes did slow you down. It was well marshalled.
Good quality t-shirt - goody bag consisted of a banana and nutrigrain bar.
Would I do it again? Probably as a local 10k for me and I did achieve a PB! Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: Loved it. Well. Apart from that hill... In full: Lovely race, beautifully organised (a few more loos wouldn't go amiss), lots of different scenery in the half marathon. Sponges! (I LOVE me a sponge!). The marshalling was excellent, the water stations well organised (cups), the route challenging and so many people cheering from their front gardens on the way. Definitely doing this one again. Brilliant goodie bag - one of the few where I've been able to eat everything edible in it! And an excellent medal and tech top. Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: I last did this race in 2006 I remember it being busy and hot and an enjoyable race . How much has changed ! It's grown in numbers and unfortunately the organisers have not taken this into account. Although the coloured start areas Blue/Red for bagga Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: Good race, good route, need to organise the start better though In full: 4th year in a row doing the British 10k and as this was the first race I ever did, always holds a special place on my medal collection.
New route than the past few years which I think was needed. The old route is good don't get me wrong but the vast majority is running down the Embankment, turning round and running back so getting in the sights of Piccadilly and other bits of London were special and the sprint finish near Downing Street is amazing too.
One thing that I always find a point of criticism (and many other runners share this point) is there is no way to determine who should be in which pen. The Bupa 10,000 for example asks you your predicted time and you are allocated pens to stand in to correspond with predicted times. The British 10k does not and unless you get there at virtually the crack of dawn (which I did in 2014) you are normally stuck behind people who really should be with the fun runners. If people want to run this for charity and raise money (which I do every year) then that is fantastic and amazing, but maybe if you think you are going to be a little slower don't stand at the front with the sub 40-45 minute runners. At one point we had people walking from around 2k onwards and at times horizontal lines of walkers who were causing the other runners who wanted to run it to either keep side stepping/dodging them or have to stop running to ask them to kindly move to the side as they were slowing everyone else down. If this is going to be a free for all fun run then advertise it as that.
That said, I always do this race and apart from the running around and dodging I do love this event as its always done for a charity very close to my heart. I have no doubt that unless injury prevents me I will be back in 2016 to run it and hope that the medal next year is as amazing as the 2015 one! :) Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: Great first running of the Rugby Half Marathon In full: A challenging course with a couple of leg sapping climbs, but impressive organisation for the first running of this event. A couple of minor traffic niggles, but nothing major. Shame the heavens opened at the end as the event village was really good. Smashing tour of Rugby and the surrounding countryside. Will be back next year. Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: Good marquee event with great atmosphere but some faults... In full: I've never run this race before, and was a very late in signing up to it this year, only getting my placed confirmed on the Thursday before. I had heard rumours about bad organisation from previous years and read up about it before hand. There is a lot of bad press floating around and very little positive reviews. That said, I went in with a mindset that this was just a fun run and to just go with it and was surprised. It all seems to work, the organisation is ok, not terrible as some reviews would tell you but not great. The main issues as I see them was the amount of toilets provided was far, far too low. I know people always moan about not enough toilets, but in this particular event I completely agree - the ratio to the amount of runners was incredibly low and I think reading the race instructions they are actively encouraging people to use the public pay toilets in the parks and tube stations etc, which feels cheeky. The other issue is the wave starts, although work, do lead to chaos around the course. As others have said it is a 1st come, 1st serve to get in the waves meaning you have runners who are very fast to people who are walking the course starting at the same time or even the walks starting 1st. This all leads to the race purely becoming a marquee event and not a race as such. If you go into this event expecting just that, and to enjoy it then I completely recommend it as the atmosphere, the support, the marshals, the medal and the technical top are all superb. If want to do these as a time test or to seek out a PB, I would say avoid this one and do a different race.
Please note, I've not spoken about the baggage as I did not use this facility. Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: A tough but well organised event! In full: A great event run by Ponty Roadents. I'm not a club runner, and there were a lot present, but made to feel very welcome. Incredibly challenging first 4 miles, battling the elements as well! The downhill section was lethal and you needed to be particularly careful. I would have ended up coming down on my face if i hadn't invested in some trail shoes. A good run all round! Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: Pretty good 10k around Manchester Eastlands In full: Nice to start and finish on a running track. Route fairly flat around Man City ground and surrounding area. Support mostly light apart from near football ground and athletics track. T-shirt, medal and some granola stuff in goody bag. Beginner and family friendly with a toddler race also. Start about 5mins late due to making sure road closures secure. Ron Hill was there which was cool. Would do it again as local to me. Date of review: July 13, 2015