In short: Great new Half with several unique features In full: Great new race that was deservedly a sell-out. Mix of mildly undulating country lanes with off-road sections that were fairly firm yesterday but could be very interesting during heavy rain !
Start and finish in the stadium was superb and the finishing clock with runners names as we finished was going the "extra mile". Facilities and parking were also as good as it gets.
10K option for beginners and a great atmosphere.
Only one area that could be improved was the narrow bridge. On the 2nd lap there was a delay while other runners completed their 1st lap, but that is a very minor niggle and overall it's a great addition to the calendar. Date of review: December 2, 2013
In short: great marshals, lots of support In full: Organistaion and marshalling was first class and cannot be faulted, facilities at HQ were excellent, but I just couldn't find that race-day spark. Probably just me as I am on the way back from injury and took it as relaxed and risk-free as possible. Tough course with a nasty hill to climb which makes me want to give it another go. Date of review: December 2, 2013
In short: Great race - organisation was a little pudding shaped In full: Thought the race was great - a truly wonderful experience and a lot of fun. The organisation was a little odd - I thought parking a mile away from the HQ was a bit odd. Unfortunately I struggled to find the village (being new to the area) so I turned up with only 20 minutes to spare and the bus to take me to the HQ had already left. Ended up running up the hill to the HQ - good warm-up I guess! But this is my only minor gripe - the rest of the experience was awesome. Date of review: December 2, 2013
In short: Consistently good :-) In full: Friendly, efficient, flat, track finish, nice prize (drawstring bag), good value, fruit available afterwards, good facilities, great marshals (including some Gamesmakers proudly displaying their kit - always nice to see), amusing chap doing the prize-giving! Keep up the good work! Date of review: December 2, 2013
In short: Nice and simple In full: Pleased with my PB, luckily weather was good too. Classic old school race, cheap to enter, just some water at the end, nothing else needed. Did fall over at 2.5 miles going through the gate (sorry for the swearing!). No results yet though, shame. Date of review: December 2, 2013
In short: Event Back On Track In full: As was one who gave some not exactly stellar feedback on the first race of the series, I thought it only fair to come back and re-rate, 3 races in - given that the organisers had responded and said that there were teething problems and one-off issues that would be addressed.
Well, I am happy to report that of the main gripes I - and many others - had initially (which I won't bother repeating here) pretty much all have indeed been resolved. The organisers have been good to their word, and have sorted out the things (within their control - issues such as the Hub opening time they can do nothing about, though even there they have shifted the start by 15 mins to mitigate) that were bugging the event to begin with.
Definitely back on track, and I'm looking forward to the next one in January. Date of review: December 2, 2013
In short: Super fast course, with good organisation In full: This run is on a fast flat course (The Top Gear Test track no less). On the day weather was perfect, if you don't PB, only yourself to blame! Well organised and good value entry Date of review: December 2, 2013
In short: Good run - well organised In full: I was expecting mud and stream crossings, like the last time I ran this race in 2006, but didn't get either. Not that I'm disappointed - it made it easier than it might have been. A good run and well organised. Date of review: December 2, 2013
In short: A great mildly challenging course with a mix of scenery. In full: Loved the stadium start and finish. The lap round the lake and over the farmers field was tough due to the mud, but the time could be made back up once on the tarmac. It was motivating to see my family supporting me when lapping the stadium. Well marshalled and very enjoyable route. I will be back! Date of review: December 2, 2013
In short: Enjoyable as usual In full: Much less mud this year - seemed a bit strange not to have mud over the ankles. Good to have the morris dancer helping us up the hill. Rob seems to organise the best weather each year, with sunny intervals in November!
In short: Nice Friendly Event. Great Marshals In full: This is a nice event with varied terrain and the marshals were some of the best I have seen for an event of this type. Organisation was great from race numbers with chips on to lots of goodies at the finish. Would definitely do this again Date of review: December 2, 2013
In short: Great winter run. Less hanging around than the big events In full: Very scenic and enjoyable virtually flat run. Well organised staggered start to reduce crowding throughout narrow sections. Well marshalled and friendly. Would be concerned about tow path and grass sections if bad weather. Good value unless you need another T shirt! Date of review: December 2, 2013