In short: One of my favourites In full: Great organisation, fantastic and enthusiastic marshals and a great HQ. This was the first race I ever did in 2008 and I come back each year. It is just what a local race should be, well organised by runners, for runners. Well done to 26.2 and many thanks. Date of review: February 19, 2014
In short: Awful In full: Music was Rubbish / non existent. Queues at various points round the track. Baggage racks collapsed and had to wait an hour to get my bag back. Useless useless useless. Smaller club runs are much friendlier and better organised. This was just a corporate scam. Date of review: February 18, 2014
In full: Arrived at Bramley at around 09:20 for a 10:30 start & spent about 30 minutes waiting in the queue for entry to the car park. Note to self - I’ll leave home earlier next time !
After that there was a 10 minute walk from car park to the Race HQ which was extremely busy. Sufficient loos (no more than 5 minute wait) but queues a bit chaotic due to limited footprint of Race HQ (local school). There were about 1300 entrants with the split being 700/600 in favour of the longer distance – testament to those preparing for a Spring marathon.
Onto the race...I did the 20 miler which involved 2 x 10m laps of the same course. This was largely flat with a couple of minor hills at around 6 & 8 miles so a big thumbs up in that respect. Plenty of camaraderie out on the course but it was pretty quiet out there at times once the 10 milers had finished.
Positives - Excellent marshalls. Plenty of drinks stations. Good scheduling for those doing Spring marathons. Also had great weather – one of those rare dry days when the sun shone !
Negatives – Looks like the race has outgrown Bramley. No loos out on the course (didn’t bother me but if you’re doing 20 miles you may need a pit-stop). Those doing the 10m may feel a bit cheated by the entry fee (though I thought the 20m was good value).
In short: wonderful course, superb organisation, enthusiastic marshals In full: This was my first attempt at this race, and perhaps I was swayed by the wonderful weather we had for the event after the atrocious previous weeks, but it was glorious. The course was scenic, undulating but not discouraging, and the organisation was most efficient. Date of review: February 18, 2014
In short: Well organised, lovely course, excellent marshals and nice cake In full: 2nd year of running this as part of a spring marathon build up. No probs with parking as we arrived early and there were more toilets than last year. A slight cock up at the start when we were called to line up and then 2 ambulances had to get through the runners. Plenty of drink stations and friendly marshals - particularly the lady at the left hand turn just before mile 17 who was very enthusiastic :) Definitely recommended
In short: Great scenic cours with some killer hills! In full: This was my first time at the Longleat 10K and I really enjoyed the race.
A lot of noise has been generated about the decision by Longleat to open earlier and therefore charge spectators but that's not really the organisers fault and they have moved the date back next year to avoid - my family all entered the Fun Run so all worked out well.
The course was rather challenging, a killer hill after the first km, one later on and then the final km to the finish was slightly uphill - but where's the fun without a challenge? :-)
I did manage a PB but this is my first 10K race since a fairly intensive training regime leading up to the Bath Half.
Organisation was a little lacking in places but chip timing and a "OK" goody-bag and nice medal although not the famous lions head which everyone was speaking about (apparently it's back next year).
The only complaint I would make is that the Marshalls pretty much universally weren't interested in the race, there was no encouragement and they seemed a little sparse out on the course. I appreciate it was a Rotary club rather than runners but perhaps recruit some runners?
I'll definitely be back next year... Date of review: February 18, 2014
In short: Well worth doing In full: A very enjoyable run. Excellent organisation by Nice Work (who even arranged a lovely day!), and a scenic route along quiet country roads. A tough uphill section mid race, offseting a quick (shorter) downhill after the first mile. Decent buzz, given a small field. Date of review: February 18, 2014
In short: Slick organisation although the field was sparse at the front so did spend long periods alone. Hills were a challenge but probably more so as at the end of my highest mileage week. Easy start, great marshalls and nice 6th place Date of review: February 18, 2014
In short: Excellent In full: One of the best runs around. Muddy, knee deep water and ditches. Excellent weather this year made it memorable. Nice horse brass to remember the race by, in fact these are the only race stuff I hang up. Well done Bearbrook. Date of review: February 18, 2014
In short: Poorly marshalled race, Round trip of 150 miles for this one, only to go the wrong way at an unmarshalled turn, getting lost and having to walk back to the finish. In full: This was an organisational shambles for any non-local runner, which I am. I just do NOT understand this race.
I had 150 mile round trip from Birmingham for it. They had electronic timing pads at each kilometre with an attendant but NO marshals at critical turns. Why??????
As there were only 31 entrants I was soon running pretty much alone. I had one local runner just ahead of me on lap two and we were going at about 46:40 pace. At the point where we should have turned left under an underpass there was no marshal, just a small "arrow" sign which we both missed as it was on a lamp post. It was about half a kilometre before we realised we had gone wrong. By then we had been joined by another runner who had also suffered the same fate. They ran off to try and find the route but by then I was going to be a 50 minute plus finisher so I just walked back to the stadium.
Looking at the results, the runner I had been with only just broke 49 minutes instead of coming home in 46:40-ish.
If the organisers can spare all the attendants needed to stand at kilometer marks 1-9 surely they would be better deployed as marshals?
ORGANISERS: You MUST have a marshal at every critical turn. It is no excuse to say, as I was told, that most of the runners are locals so they know the route!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is up to YOU to make sure that there is no doubt as to which way you are supposed to go especially when, due to the low numbers, you are unable to follow a pack of runners. Although this was a two-lapper we all know that it is impossible to run at maximum effort AND keep a lookout for all the signs.....you basically just follow the runner in front because you are concentrating so hard on your race effort. The fact that a minimum of three runners out of 30 went wrong says it all.
Another gripe: I was unable to pay the lower affiliated entry fee because the system would not accept my club, Midland Masters. I was told that all this would be "sorted out by email". Still waiting............
This is all such a pity because you start and (with a bit of luck) finish in the stadium and other than the appalling marshalling it would have been a good race. Date of review: February 18, 2014
In short: Always well informed pre races by Nice Work as was this one. No problems except perhaps start. Starrt "flag" faced wrong way giving impression race went opposite direction. Date of review: February 18, 2014
In short: The perfect day for a 20 mile run In full: This was my 3rd year of running Bramley and the best yet. The organisation is always good and the marshalls did a sterling job. The additional toilets at the start and the great weather were very welcome. Date of review: February 17, 2014
In short: lots of runners... In full: After the initial couple of miles there was plenty of space to breathe....even more so after the 10milers finished. A good course....not traffic free, but I had no problems with cars or cyclists - well marshalled. Enough water stations - but only water or glucose drinks in plastic cups. Toilet facilities at Start excellent - I arrived at 10.10am for the 10.30am Start...still had time to queue, use them, put my baggage in the (very basic) bag store and be at the start line before 10.25. In an ideal world there would be a tee-shirt to look forward to...