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...
In short: My second time in a row, and I'll be back again! In full: Loved taking part in this race, again! We were helped by great weather, but I love the medal and the atmosphere of this race. The course is good and fast, the atmosphere fantastic and the marshalls and crowds are a credit to the city and the event.
I look forward to coming back for year 3 in 2015. Date of review: February 17, 2014
In short: Not as intimidating as it seems In full: At first glance it seemed that the event was just catering for the faster club runners - and there certainly seemed to be a lot of those lining up and the fact that i appear on the last but one page of the results, despite just dipping under 3 hours, shows the quality of runners but in reality the organisers and Reading Roadrunners made everyone welcome. We had no problems with the car park - one of the first to arrive which we were quite surprised about - perhaps others weren't quite as organised or just didn't want to arrive more than an hour before the start. We were also one of the last to leave and the marshals still had a cheery attitude despite having had a long day. I guess that the impression you get at an event comes out of the way you approach it, all i can say is that i had one of the most enjoyable runs i can recall thanks to the company of those I was running with and that all the facilities were still open and although they started to start closing down 4 hours after the race start ( as noted in the race instructions ) there was still plenty of marshals and support about when my wife finished - slightly after the 4 hour mark. Would like to applaud the group of runners from Slinn Allstars who stayed at the finish long after most of the main field had finished to cheer on and encourage all of their members and every runner along the last few hundred metres to the finish as well as the support given by the marshals and Reading Roadrunners to those following the pack at a slightly slower pace. Making an event attaractive to non club runners has to come from those taking part, as well as the organising club, after all running 20 miles is a bit of a challenge for many. In this case the club appeared to be working hard to encourage and help those running their own race no matter what pace. That said a loo on the route would have been appreciated :) Date of review: February 17, 2014
In short: Lovely race In full: When I saw that this race had a 4 hour cut off, I did begin to regret entering it as I am a slow runner, however the race booklet also advised that if you thought you might take longer than 4 hours then to let them know - so I duly did that and was quite relieved to see that I wasn't the only name on the list.
I am really glad that I didn't back out as I loved it. Very friendly and encouraging marshals (in particular the marshal that encouraged runners up the hill as soon as she saw people appearing in the distance) - the vocal encouragement was much appreciated; good water stations; and good support. Definitely a recommended race. The gorgeous weather certainly was a bonus!
In short: Mixed bag In full: The race itself was pretty decent (nice terrain, only one relatively friendly hill, blessed with good weather) and ran smoothly. However, it felt like too much of the focus is on the 10 (I did the 20) and this made it a bit anticlimactic. I finished the 20 in about 3.25 (running it as an LSR as marathon training, as I imagine many are) and everyone was already packing up. Erm, that's pretty standard mid-pack marathon runner time...? I wouldn't fancy being a 5hr+ marathoner at this race. Was a bit underwhelmed by the goody bag (having got a medal and a nice tech tee from watford half a couple weeks earlier). Supposedly there were T shirts for sale with everyone's names on which might have helped this a bit, but they had sold out. Then tried to get a massage but got turfed out of the school at 4 - my boyfriend was one of the last to get a slot and he'd finished it in 2.51, hardly slouching...a lot of these problems could be avoided by starting the race at 9.30 and paying a bit more care to the 20 mile runners. I've got better value from a variety of half marathons so probably wouldn't do this race again unless I was marathon training and needed a 20 miler. Date of review: February 17, 2014
In full: I really enjoyed this race. I believe this was the first time it had been run as an official 10k. It was a bargain for the £12 fee with a great goodie bag, well organised and friendly atmosphere set within the lovely grounds of Harrow School. I've got to admit I was dreading taking part as i've not done much hill running and didn't find out until my race pack came through that we'd be tackling the legendary Football Lane twice! It was a very challenging hilly route, but there were lovely down hill sections as well. I wouldn't have contemplated this race as a complete beginner but despite my initial trepidation i really enjoyed it all the way through and the home made cakes were also a nice touch. Sometimes races consisting of a lot of club runners can be a bit intimidating for unattached or beginner runners, that was not the case here. I would definitely take part again. I've only one recommendation - i'd quite happily pay an extra £2 or so for chip timing and I think that would improve it even more. Thanks Metros! :) Date of review: February 17, 2014
In short: Great Race as always - good HQ, good course and great marshalls In full: Have done this for several years and it just gets better. HQ is outstanding, with hot drinks, plenty of toilets/changing and an nice atmosphere. Race is relatively flat and quiet, with just a bit on the road at the start. Marshalls are excellent and all deserve a pint! Date of review: February 17, 2014