In short: Good fun but bloody freezing In full: As I sat on the park and ride coach watching a blizzard develop outside I began to have doubts about this race. I'd earmarked it as a potential pb race but in the end staying alive was the key! I've never seen runners so keen to bunch together as I did at the start line here. A big thanks to all the marshals who weren't able to warm up by running, and the organisers for keeping the race on when others may have cancelled. Finally to the people of Cambridge who still came out in force to support the runners. Really enjoyed the race, especially when I was able to change into my warm clothes at the end! Date of review: November 18, 2015
In short: Poorly organised for a race in its 30th year! In full: Most of what needs to be said can be found in the report from Tarantula. The toilet situation was very poor indeed. I was expecting a lot more as I had heard good things about the Abbey Dash. Not sure i will go again unless i'm hitting some decent form and its the only race around that suits. Date of review: November 18, 2015
In short: Fun In full: I can only repeat previous reviewers,fast,flat and fun.poor value but more raised for a good cause so no complaints.i agree with others regarding 5k runners only starting 10 minutes before 10k runners so congestion was evident,I felt sorry for the obviously unfit triers(no offence meant)who must have felt bad at being blitzed by the 10k contingent with ease.a 30 minute gap would be advisable Date of review: November 18, 2015
In short: Great half Marathon In full: Lovely scenery, this race makes for a perfect weekend. Perfect for beginners or experienced runners. There is no reason a flat course makes a race beginner friendly, more important is the organisation, water stations, support and friendless and this one ticks all these boxes. Too expensive though. Date of review: November 18, 2015
In short: Whst's not to like? In full: Pretty much everything was good about this race. It helps when you have a fantastic setting, maybe the transition area was a but tight, but one of the highlights of my year. Date of review: November 18, 2015
In short: Lovely location, a bit expensive In full: This is a good 10k, I would recommend, the location route and organisation were all great. Just a shame this and a few other races are so expensive. Don't let put you off though . . . Date of review: November 18, 2015
In short: For a big city race this was pretty good In full: I feared the worst after entering this and then having to drive from North Wales in the morning to get there (long story), but it couldn't really have gone more smoothly. The course showcased the best of Birmingham and was both picturesque and challenging. I used it as a training run for New York and it worked a treat. The finish was slick and the free massage an added bonus. Would recommend. Date of review: November 17, 2015
In short: Good early season race In full: This is one of the first half marathons you can run in the calendar year down south and it's very popular and well-established. I didn't get a great time thanks to a niggling injury but it was good to get round. The race is well-oiled and the marshals committed despite the weather. Was good to finally get a medal having been part of the race that was cancelled because of snow two years earlier. Date of review: November 17, 2015
In short: Tough but really enjoyed it In full: Considering the adverse flooding across the country the organisers did a great job keeping this race going, and they were very accommodating of runners whose races had been cancelled. The course was challenging but fun and was the first I did well in for quite a while after coming back from an injury. Really enjoyed it. Date of review: November 17, 2015
In short: Lovely city, average race In full: Having grown up just a few miles from Bath, this is a race I really wanted to tick off my list. Knowing the city well I was pretty relieved that the route avoided some of the nasty hills. However it was a shame it looped twice around the city rather than taking advantage of the ample space and keeping it different throughout. However the race was very well supported despite the rotten weather. I've probably got a slight downer on the race because I under-performed time-wise, but this had as much to do with the fry up I ate at our guest house that morning as it did the race itself! Date of review: November 17, 2015
In short: Good fun with one or two gripes In full: I guess because of the rave reviews I was expecting this race to have the X Factor when in fact it was just a rood quality event with decent scenery. While I appreciated its autumn glory I was never blown away. Anyway I guess it can be summed up with Pros: Fast course, pretty scenery, great organisation (esp for a point-to-point), staggered starts. Cons: Non-co-operative dog walkers created bottle-necks, a bit pricey considering the cheap medal and the non-existent goody bag, slow baggage retrieval and the refusal of quite a few runners to observe the Remembrance Sunday's minute of silence (although the organisers cannot be held responsible for this). In saying all that it was a decent day out, I got a quick time and enjoyed the muddy terrain. Date of review: November 17, 2015
In short: Superb and well organised race In full: This is a must for all runners who wants to push themselves to the limit. Very challenging but so rewarding and a massive sense of achievement when completed. The support is second to none and you couldn't wish for a better event. A must for all trail runners Date of review: November 17, 2015
In short: Tough In full: Fantastic very well organized event with the most friendliest marshalls encouraging you all the way, did two days this year in the worst weather but the atmosphere and experience was fantastic . Date of review: November 17, 2015
In short: A brilliant 10k and fantastic finishers pack In full: Well organised and superbly marshalled. A challenging 10k run through lovely scenery. A fantastic finishers pack and lots of additional activities for the runners and their supporters. A great day out for everyone. Date of review: November 17, 2015
In short: Expected this popular race to be a reasonable day out, but organisational failures made for disappointment. In full: Expected this popular race to be a reasonable day out, but organisational failures made for disappointment.
Personally I feel a race with this size of field and cost deserves a medal (especially as it was the 30th anniversary race), but at least we knew there was no medal in advance, and it is a charity race (I'd prefer a medal to yet another t-shirt but I know that's just me). Also the organisers can't be blamed for the weather, but...
- Bag drop. Maybe flimsy paper tags for bags on a rainy November day aren't a great idea? Despite there being some kind of system, the queue at the bag drop was excessive, especially at the start. This also made for delays getting to... - The toilets - why were there no urinals! People were still queueing for cubicles when the race was starting. Of course no-one wants to see runners weeing against local buildings or trees, but some obviously felt there was no other option, so the organisers must share the blame. - Uncertainty about the start time. For anyone a little way back there was no real indication of when the gun had gone. No countdown, and people still making their way to the start from the start pens. The pens for different pace groups were well laid out, so this was a shame. - The finish line was poorly signed, robbing many of a sprint finish. Apparently the weather meant the finish arch couldn't go up, but surely something could have been done? - Apparently the water at the halfway point ran out quite early on, leaving many without. I didn't witness this personally, but it's a schoolboy error for a race organiser and it's potentially dangerous. - The results took well over 24 hours to be released, and then they were a mess. People with results missing, people with multiple results. They have now been sorted out but there were no explanation for the delays and errors.
I currently have no interest in doing this race again. Date of review: November 17, 2015