In short: Well organised, good route, great race; just a hiccup with numbers! In full: not sure why chips weren't put in envelopes with race numbers, but that's a lesson learned....
Otherwise, a lovey race, good countryside scenic route and starting in view of the magnificent Officers' Mess at RAF Cranwell - a sight also seen towards the finish as a beacon of hope (i.e. hoping to reach it again!)
Good t-shirt, awesome support, no chance of a PB this time! Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: Great race - despite the wind! In full: Loved this event, organisers did a great job in ensuring it went ahead after the storms and the loss of the use of the Pyrmaid Centre. Great course and without the wind has the potential to be quick. Well marshalled, well supported, well packed goody bag and an excellent medal - what's not to like?
As a slight aside my non-running g/f who came to watch said that this was the friendliest race she'd ever seen me at.
I really can't fault this event Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: What a cracking race. In full: What is there not to like? It started on time, no rain, muddy beach wasn't too muddy, plenty of signs and marshalls, friendly runners, great goody bag and medal, plenty of parking, and a pb to boot!! An excellent day out (apart from the wind). I'll be back next year as without that wind I reckon I'll be 5 minutes quicker. Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: Excellent 1/2 In full: Did this last year for the first time and came back because it was well organised, easy to get to and fits well into London training. This year was no different although the wind blew any thoughts of a fast time away. The race HQ sits in RAF Cranwell and has marvelous views across the last half mile of the race - so if you are waiting for friends to finish you can stay warm with your finishers cuppa. Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: Wonderful event, well-organised, friendly marshals & cakes and tea at the end. In full: Perfect training run as an alternative to the usual club round. Even in the cold wind and rain the marshals were unfailingly friendly and encouraging. Challenging but scenic route. Looking forward to the 20 miler. Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: Windy but worth the challenge. Well organised In full: A great race again. Windy conditions made it a real challenge but all runners seemed to respond to the challenge. Facilities were great for a Winter half as you could get inside before and after. collection of numbers caused some delay but this I am sure will be sorted for next year. A must do half marathon for the start of the year Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: Well organized run- shame weather didnt turn up for it In full: The organization of this event was great, this was only my second 10k race and much better organized than the last. I knew where I had to be and when, the marshalls were helpful in pointing out the baggage area, which was manned. This was a timed chip event, which meant that I didnt have to wonder what time i finished in, I simply put my number in a computer at the end and it was there, and a print off too. My watch recorded the race to be slightly over 10km, 10.1km but I guess it was measured at the shortest points all the way around, and with 3 laps the margin increases. There was a half marathon straight afterwards, but that in no way impacted on the runners in the 10k race. A windy day, and a little bumpier than I anticipated, but I still walked away with a PB, knocking 90 seconds off my previous race, so very happy. Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: Really enjoyed this race In full: I don't have a massive amount of previous race experience to compare this to but I had a great day and managed a solid PB on a very flat course. The tow path was fine, in my opinion, and overtaking was possible if you were patient and sensible. I quite liked the 'dump your bag and run' vibe and vaguely chaotic start. A good race that I will definitely do again next year, in the hope of shaving off a few more minutes. Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: The name says it all - it is a big hill! In full: A great race that will become a regular on my calender now it is a 10k. The hill is hard but the long steady down hill makes up for it. And the organisation is great. Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: Track/road half - well marshalled and friendly In full: excellent pre-race communication from organisers slightly let down by pre-race chaos at start line. Baggage store needed lots more volunteers to work properly. BUT the race was great - 2 loops which included several miles on the Thames towpath. Lots of very supportive marshalls too. Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: Very Well Organized Event In full: On the whole this event was very well organized. Slight delay at start. Weather condition ie very strong winds didn't help organizers. course and marshalls were great. results were up on the board as we completed the finish line which was great. Loads of goodies at the end. Would do it again. Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: great run in pompey In full: very hard due to gale force winds which seemed to get worse rather than better as forecast but no rain!great race much improved from last year as Rob has addressed probs and then some. better signage and fantastic marshalling. welcome jelly beans and top notch goody bag! well done to all involved! will be back next year Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: Muddy fun. In full: This was a great morning out over an unusual distance across lovely countryside. My Garmin tracked a little longer than 9 miles, but this could have been all the weaving to dodge puddles and stay upright in the mud. Challenging hills, but worth it for the views on the top and the smooth downhill run after. Loads of excellent cheery marshalls, great facilities at start/finish. All I would ask in future is for separate shower facilities for ladies - only one of the changing rooms was open. Recommend to anybody who wants a tough but rewarding race experience. Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: A different kind of race In full: Not often you get to run on a motor circuit. Obviously it will be laps - so that shouldnt be a surprise. I think hiring the track isn't cheap - so that's where our money went to. The water cartons worked well when you knew what to do - maybe they should point that out.
Mile markers should be in place every mile - I can't remember the last race I did without them. Medals are always nice. Surely the tannoy could be used to good effect - after all its set up for it already ? Respect to the marching band and their performance.
Not my favourite race - but the midday start on Sunday was handy. A functional race. No bells and whistles. Date of review: February 24, 2014