In short: Fantastic, challenging route in a friendly atmosphere In full: I really enjoyed this race. A low key affair, registration at Dorchester Sports centre was easy and straightforward. A quick warm up before assembling at the start. The course was lovely, scenic, nearly all off-road and a fair few hills! The section around Maiden Castle was very challenging - tough terrain, wind, and "undulating" to say the least! A real test for the legs, but thankfully a downhill section for last 1.5 miles before a short uphill finish. Was very pleased to finish in 11th place and clinch the Men's team trophy. Would've been nice to have received a trophy along with the wine like other winners, but that's the only real feedback point for the organisers. I look forward to next years already Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: Good Route - shame about the organisation! In full: I can not believe the organisers did not arrange portaloos! 750 runners and 2 toilets provided - what a joke. Spent 30 mins in the queue the race was delayed and managed to get to the start line just as the 10 second countdown began....so a stressful start to the race :(
The route was good but the twists and turns sometimes did slow you down. It was well marshalled.
Good quality t-shirt - goody bag consisted of a banana and nutrigrain bar.
Would I do it again? Probably as a local 10k for me and I did achieve a PB! Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: Loved it. Well. Apart from that hill... In full: Lovely race, beautifully organised (a few more loos wouldn't go amiss), lots of different scenery in the half marathon. Sponges! (I LOVE me a sponge!). The marshalling was excellent, the water stations well organised (cups), the route challenging and so many people cheering from their front gardens on the way. Definitely doing this one again. Brilliant goodie bag - one of the few where I've been able to eat everything edible in it! And an excellent medal and tech top. Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: I last did this race in 2006 I remember it being busy and hot and an enjoyable race . How much has changed ! It's grown in numbers and unfortunately the organisers have not taken this into account. Although the coloured start areas Blue/Red for bagga Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: Good race, good route, need to organise the start better though In full: 4th year in a row doing the British 10k and as this was the first race I ever did, always holds a special place on my medal collection.
New route than the past few years which I think was needed. The old route is good don't get me wrong but the vast majority is running down the Embankment, turning round and running back so getting in the sights of Piccadilly and other bits of London were special and the sprint finish near Downing Street is amazing too.
One thing that I always find a point of criticism (and many other runners share this point) is there is no way to determine who should be in which pen. The Bupa 10,000 for example asks you your predicted time and you are allocated pens to stand in to correspond with predicted times. The British 10k does not and unless you get there at virtually the crack of dawn (which I did in 2014) you are normally stuck behind people who really should be with the fun runners. If people want to run this for charity and raise money (which I do every year) then that is fantastic and amazing, but maybe if you think you are going to be a little slower don't stand at the front with the sub 40-45 minute runners. At one point we had people walking from around 2k onwards and at times horizontal lines of walkers who were causing the other runners who wanted to run it to either keep side stepping/dodging them or have to stop running to ask them to kindly move to the side as they were slowing everyone else down. If this is going to be a free for all fun run then advertise it as that.
That said, I always do this race and apart from the running around and dodging I do love this event as its always done for a charity very close to my heart. I have no doubt that unless injury prevents me I will be back in 2016 to run it and hope that the medal next year is as amazing as the 2015 one! :) Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: Great first running of the Rugby Half Marathon In full: A challenging course with a couple of leg sapping climbs, but impressive organisation for the first running of this event. A couple of minor traffic niggles, but nothing major. Shame the heavens opened at the end as the event village was really good. Smashing tour of Rugby and the surrounding countryside. Will be back next year. Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: Good marquee event with great atmosphere but some faults... In full: I've never run this race before, and was a very late in signing up to it this year, only getting my placed confirmed on the Thursday before. I had heard rumours about bad organisation from previous years and read up about it before hand. There is a lot of bad press floating around and very little positive reviews. That said, I went in with a mindset that this was just a fun run and to just go with it and was surprised. It all seems to work, the organisation is ok, not terrible as some reviews would tell you but not great. The main issues as I see them was the amount of toilets provided was far, far too low. I know people always moan about not enough toilets, but in this particular event I completely agree - the ratio to the amount of runners was incredibly low and I think reading the race instructions they are actively encouraging people to use the public pay toilets in the parks and tube stations etc, which feels cheeky. The other issue is the wave starts, although work, do lead to chaos around the course. As others have said it is a 1st come, 1st serve to get in the waves meaning you have runners who are very fast to people who are walking the course starting at the same time or even the walks starting 1st. This all leads to the race purely becoming a marquee event and not a race as such. If you go into this event expecting just that, and to enjoy it then I completely recommend it as the atmosphere, the support, the marshals, the medal and the technical top are all superb. If want to do these as a time test or to seek out a PB, I would say avoid this one and do a different race.
Please note, I've not spoken about the baggage as I did not use this facility. Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: A tough but well organised event! In full: A great event run by Ponty Roadents. I'm not a club runner, and there were a lot present, but made to feel very welcome. Incredibly challenging first 4 miles, battling the elements as well! The downhill section was lethal and you needed to be particularly careful. I would have ended up coming down on my face if i hadn't invested in some trail shoes. A good run all round! Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: Pretty good 10k around Manchester Eastlands In full: Nice to start and finish on a running track. Route fairly flat around Man City ground and surrounding area. Support mostly light apart from near football ground and athletics track. T-shirt, medal and some granola stuff in goody bag. Beginner and family friendly with a toddler race also. Start about 5mins late due to making sure road closures secure. Ron Hill was there which was cool. Would do it again as local to me. Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: Fast, flat & friendly In full: 4th 10k so far in the JT series this year. Loved this one! Not the most exciting route (it's a city centre - to be expected) but it's certainly makes for a personal best. I personally enjoyed the 'out and back' route as we could all watch the wheelchair athletes pass by on the other side then see the fastest runners. That was a lovely inspiration to keep going harder! The crowd support was excellent as were the water stations. Very much appreciated the huge water hose at 7k and the wet sponges too; if it wasn't for those I could have melted into the Tarmac as it was so warm! If you're new to racing this would be a great first 10k. Overall this was excellent and will be back next year for sure. :) Date of review: July 12, 2015
In short: Loved it! Where do I sign up for next year? In full: This is a great course. I'm a first timer so missed the heat and sun of previous years, the weather was just about perfect today, light rain and a bit of a breeze. The marshals were first class, all very cheery and encouraging despite standing in the rain, and the organisation was fine too. Dithered between road and trail shoes - I don't think it really mattered but went for trail and didn't find there was so much tarmac to make me regret it. The trails don't need specific shoes but I appreciated the extra grip. Definitely in the calendar for next year. The horse brass medal is lovely but a bit of ribbon to hang it on wouldn't go amiss. Date of review: July 12, 2015
In short: A wee dram of the good stuff In full: Very impressed by this Dundee marathon. Lovely scenery. The first few K through Camperdown park and Templeton Woods were breathtaking as was the view of the Tay on the downhill at mile 11. Its an undulating run with the real hard work once passed the half way mark (and the finishing point for the popular half Dram) along the river side and book up to Camperdown. Very good marshalling and very goof VFM. I hope this event continues as its clearly managed with heart and soul. Date of review: July 12, 2015
In short: Good organisation, ideal venue with loads of parking and good value In full: Very nice race, lovely route through the New Forest and a nice mix of road and mostly forest trials. Relatively flat route with a couple of inclines and declines thrown in. The weather was quite rainy but not cold so actually ideal this year. And a good venue with plenty of space and parking, easy to access. Date of review: July 12, 2015
In short: Fast and flat, nice atmosphere. In full: Good flat course, much better than the windy Hull 10K. Not many bottlenecks, and the firemans hose at 8k was wonderful ! Nice atmosphere, goody bag contained a nice medal and good t shirt and a mars bar. I would do this one again :) Date of review: July 12, 2015
In short: Great for first time or PB In full: Lovely scenery and really interesting. Tunnels were a cooling and fresh relief on a hot muggy day. They put on park and ride which was helpful, and the organiser at the start was friendly. On the downside the disinterested teenagers at the medals and goody bag stand were a downer, and there were only four port a loos causing a bit of a queue, but all in all good fun. Date of review: July 12, 2015
In short: Watch out for traffic!! In full: For the most part this event was pretty good. The event village was great, with the biggest selection of post run treats at the end. The course was fairly challenging. Great to have times sent by text pretty quickly too. It was specified in the final race instructions that the race would be on open roads with traffic. The issue here for me was a number of roads/junctions that had to be crossed with no marshals. Where there were marshals they were great, but this is something that seriously needs looking at. My partner did the 5K and was very surprised when one of the traffic controllers laid his stop/go sign across the pavement in front of her. For the price it probably wouldnt hurt to post out race numbers too, T-shirts can always be collected post race. I know this was their first race here and it has the potential to be a great race if these little issues are ironed out. Date of review: July 12, 2015
In short: 14.5 miles! Argh! In full: This has potential to be really good but I think with 3 different distance triathlons, a 5k & a 10k all at once is perhaps too ambitious! The start time of 11.30 wasn't advertised til very close to the event (& is too late in my opinion for a July half - lucky it wasn't mega hot, but could have been), also there was a really long walk to the start, which was then delayed by 15 mins. Small field meant it didn't matter too much that slower runners started right at the front but if it was busier it would have been annoying!! The course itself is lovely but VERY hard - 4 laps of up & down & up & down, grass, some short evil climbs, loads of gates (with no marshals holding them open so lots of stopping & starting) & the cattle grids weren't covered over which would have helped. Doing it 4 times was a killer! The signage was ok but not brilliant in places as I almost took a wrong turn & I know one person who did & went totally wrong. However main gripe was it was 14.5 miles long!!! That's no half! I'm sure there's some logistical reason for this but I'm also sure they could make it the proper distance somehow (or not advertise as a half!!) It also meant some people only did 3 laps instead of 4 - there were no mile markers so if you were relying on Garmins and didn't read the instructions, you could easily only do 3 laps, thus skewing the results heavily. I know at least one person who did this & a marshal told me a few runners had moaned it was only 11 miles, so I'm guessing my friend wasn't the only one!! A better lap counting system would be better, or some mile markers. At the end you got an average medal & water & banana but I suspect the middle distance Tri people would have liked a bit more!! On the whole it had a nice vibe & for a small event it was ok, especially for a first time, but they need to make improvements to get us back again!! (It was expensive too, but I think that might be the NT costs, not the organisers) Date of review: July 12, 2015