In short: My favourite race In full: ran the half 2 years ago and wanted more. This is a superbly organised race with outstanding marshals, great support from scouts and brownies, who I assume also benefit from the race. Hilly first half with great atmosphere followed by a flat and fast second half. Make no mistake this is a testing course but I missed a new on by just 2 minutes. A serious race with a slightly nutty side - signs encouraging runners like 'run like the police are chasing you' outside the police station!!! It was clearly a race run. Y runners for runners. Great value and I will definitely be back. Date of review: September 7, 2015
In short: A celebration of those who paid the ultimate price. Medal is simply awesome. In full: The race was organised to celebrate the Battle of Britain and was held at the RAF Museum which used to be a WW2 airfield. This was its first incarnation so a learning curve I'm sure. The route is not the best, running alongside open roads, across cobbles, bridges, etc. Some of the area could have done with a brush being applied (large area of broken glass under the tunnel for example - though happy marshall there pointed it out for all). BUT that's just due to where the run is. I found all the staff inside the museum were excellent, friendly, helpful and so pleased you were there to take part. The cadets were a credit to the ATC, their families and their communities. Happy, polite, supportive young people giving up their free time for others. If that wasn't inspiring enough, the speeches at the beginning were excellent, and running with the name of one of the Fallen was thought provoking and inspiring in equal measure. The final medal is awesome - the best medal I have ever seen or earned. Where else can you start a race under a Lancaster and finish in front of a hurricane and spitfire? p.s. I saw the chap who had fallen and stopped to give him some water to drink/wash. He seemed ok and I later saw him just at the end so he def finished ok! Date of review: September 7, 2015
In short: Fantastic race! In full: Great event, really well organised & supported. Fast course and no overcrowding, so ideal if you're looking for a PB. Will definitely be back next year. Date of review: September 7, 2015
In short: Superb atmosphere and fabulous bling! In full: Amazing race, it was very poignant to run for those who didn't make it back from the Battle of Britain. The medal is amazing, the course is two 5k loops of an urban area - there are roads to cross, traffic and some narrow and uneven places where overtaking was hard. However, the start and finish in the museum was exceptional. I loved this race, I can't wait for next year. Date of review: September 7, 2015
In short: great race - ticks all the boxes In full: 2nd time Ive done this race. Well worth travelling from South Wales valleys to participate. friendly,easy to get to, unlimited parking, no overcrowding, excellent marshalling and support, and excellent value for money. one trivial point. Maybe a sign for showers next year. Had no idea where to find them until a helpful official led me to a side wooden door marked "gents". Did mean only handful in there so had a lovely uncrowded shower though ;-) Date of review: September 7, 2015
In short: Well organised, flat and fast In full: I enjoyed this one. No issues before the start, number picked up and bag dropped off with minimum fuss. Race start was conveniently located in the town centre. Two laps isn't 100% ideal but the course was a nice rural one, and the lovely weather made it seem quite picturesque. I wasn't chasing a PB, using the run as an MP session for Berlin, but potential was there for fast times for sure - no hills of any significance and wide, straight roads for the majority of the race. Would run again Date of review: September 7, 2015
In short: Great race and day out In full: Arrived at around 08.15 with the sun beaming and a beautiful blue sky, was a little hard to park but managed to squeeze down a back road on a housing estate. On entering the foyer I thought there could have been better signage as I had to ask where the bag drop and toilets were. The toilets did have long queues at the start but the seemed to clear pretty quickly (had there had been more people this could have been an issue)
Before the race there were a couple of speeches (one of which was by an officer, it was very rousing and almost brought a tear to my eye) Then the race began with a lap round the complex and then out on to the roads. Not the prettiest race as it went round some back streets and then alongside the M1, but hey it was a lovely day and I was really enjoying it....... Until about half way round my second lap a Marshall watched as me and another guy went the wrong way down an underpass and didn't say a thing!! (I mean why are you standing there if you can't be bothered to point??) Lucky I realised and ran back up (loosing about 15 seconds on a pb race I wasn't happy at all) The other guy ended up on the other side of the M1 and lost 2 minutes, considering that we were in 4th and 5th position at the time this shouldn't have happened. There were also a few other times that I had to shout at the marshals for directions.
Apart from that it was a great day
Pro's Great medal Good speeches Friendly people Great museum experience Ok course
In short: This was my 2nd time and the organisation & local support was excellent. Another great race. In full: The best crowd support from is at the start to 1 mile and 12 mile onwards sections but the marshals were shouting good support all the way. There are lots of drinks stations (official and unofficial!). It is mainly flat but there are some uphill / downhill sections but nothing evil. Fantastic race and atmosphere overall - I should have gone faster (still a PB) so got to have another go next year. Date of review: September 7, 2015
In short: Fab medal, lovely day out In full: I really enjoyed the run and any issues I had with the race really didn't have too big an impact on my race. Loved the start something different all meeting by the Lancaster Bomber and the speeches bought home what our fellow countrymen gave for us, really nice touch giving runners a card in memory of someone who lost their life in the battle of Britain to carry with them during the race.
One issue was at the starts, we started the race almost inside the museum I wasn't able to get a gps signal on my watch, decided to go and run without gps and try and use the km signposts for time guides. Most the markers were out of place only 1,5,8 were in correctish places 2k was closer to 3k, 6k was closer to 7k.
A lot of the marshals seemed to show lack of interest and more interested with their friends or phones however the cadets were brilliant smiling and supportive throughout and a credit to themselves.
I entered the event for the occasion and a day out, if you want a PB or scenic course this may not be the race for you its Hendon and narrow points along course and a flyover to navigate across twice however I enjoyed the race overall and the medal was amazing also special mention to the man calling all the runners in at the finishing line.
Had a great day at the museum after, although it doesn't really interest me still found some fascinating stuff.
Thank you for a good event. Date of review: September 7, 2015