In short: nice easy route, enjoyed music on way round, water at the end i did not see, but had to drinks in the doggy bag, something going on at the end would have been good for the kids to do when waiting and, music maybe, In full: Food / toilets to close together very busy in that area, over all did enjoy the day, Date of review: February 10, 2014
In short: Tough but well worth the effort In full: Fantastic race, great marshals and a really good atmosphere. It was tough going and the terrain is pretty unforgiving but would definitely do this race again! Date of review: February 10, 2014
In short: Simply the best race on the calendar In full: Following the slightest of hiccups last year with the parking (which was beyond the control of the organisers anyway!), this year everything ran like clockwork. The wind was a bit fresh and probably reduced most PB attempts to rubble, but sometimes that's what you get in February! With pretty much a full school hall and sports centre to shelter in and hot showers, changing rooms and almost enough toilets for one each, the facilities are second to none.
Good idea this year to get the quick runners towards to front of the pack but unfortunately, still lots of runners far too near the front for their ability - if you need to walk in the first mile of a 10k, you probably need to be a bit further back. Again, not an organiser problem but if I know the Mad Dog team, there's likely to be mention of this in next year's race pack!
On to the race itself - one of the flattest courses you're likely to encounter, wide enough for 5 or 6 abreast on most of the course. Entertainment provided by local bands/people is enthusiastic and very good. It's so much easier to run with a big smile on your face!
Fabulous 'themed' Tshirts available for pickup before the race with the option to exchange sizes afterwards (subject to availability) and certainly one of the best 'Goody' Bags on the circuit (including superb bespoke medal).
All in all, I'll be running this one every year. Every race organiser could learn a lot from the Southport Round Table! Date of review: February 10, 2014
In full: This was my 5th of the year heard some bad things about this race after doing it I will do it again people were very nice and kind parking was great ,ok you hit traffic but just get on with it I'll do this race again Date of review: February 10, 2014
In short: Poor Organisation In full: IM only going to cover the things that stuck out as needing looking at:
1, started late due to people not getting to the start on time, marshalls should have been clearing the course so it could start on time, if people choose to be late that is there fault, letting runners get even colder is not acceptable.
2. Lack of marshalls on course, this has been mentioned previously, there weren't enough, especially in areas where there was traffic, and that includes Longleat vehicles driving like idiots!!
3, No toilets at start area,, its not that difficult is it????
4, Finish area was a shambles, people queing for bags and getting official times actaully spilling out onto the finish line, no marshalls at all in this area, I finished in under 40 minutes and stayed till the last runner and didn't see anyone asking runners to que in an oposite direction, taking them away from the finish...
5. Runners walking in the opposite direcion on the finish straight, against oncoming runners!! how dangerous and how stupid... I know the route had to be changed but did commen sense have a day off??
6. Hills,, not a gripe about the hills, but to those who keep bringing it up,, Longleat is not flat, if you dont like hills, dont enter it!!! if you want flat, go to a running track
7. Goody bag, I dont enter races for a goody bad, but it did make me smile when I looked and saw 2 sachets of Shampoo, but nowhere there to have a shower!
8. Medal, neither do I enter races to collect medals, although this one was described as a' lions Head' it more resembles a cartoon Cat (Garfield) doing a rather poor sprint. Not a great medal, not even a date on it considering it was a 10th aniversary!
9, A classic example of a 209 event where it could be really good, but let down again by poor organisation, (remember the wye valley half in 2011 where front runners went the wrong way beacuse of.... lack of marshalls....)
In short: The best 10k I have ever done. Thoroughly enjoyed it, I'll be back next year, hopefully the wind will be turned off then In full: This was by far the best ever 10k I have ever done. Fantastically organised, fab t-shirt and medal, packed goody bag, chip timing (including text message service), pancake flat course with excellent pb potential, bottled water on route, great atmosphere, catering facilities at race HQ and plenty of toilets....need I go on.
Not sure about earlier reviews about no water at the finish line as there were cups of water available as well as fruit.
Only negatives were lack of finish line/gantry (but probably couldn't be helped with the weather), but I assumed the finish was where the clock was. I had some issues with other runners tripping me by running too close to my heels in order to shelter from the wind(a big no no to me and very unsportsmanlike behaviour) and of course the weather but neither of these are the organisers fault and haven't put me off.
Well done to the organisers on putting on such a fantastic race, I will be back chasing a pb next year. Date of review: February 10, 2014
In short: Nice course, nice grounds, shoddy organisation In full: Weather held off and was a chilly but bright and dry race.
Organisationally, the event was a shambles. From the 3 course changes announced before the event to on the day shenanigans (More later) there seemed to be very little actual organisation. It was further hurt by Longleat's decision to open the park during the event which meant spectators either needed to pay the entry (At a 30% discount) or enter the fun run (£2 cheaper than the discounted rate)
Despite there being mention of timed start pens, I only saw the sub 40 one. The rest were hidden by swathes of people, not helped by the distinct lack of marshals trying to organise people properly. There was a PA system you could barely hear and no-one had a clue what was going on. I didn't hearIt ended up just a mass funnel of people of varying paces.
This was exacerbated by the Fun Run. There was supposed to be a 3k fun run taking place 5 minutes after the start of the main run. But people didn't seem to be able to tell what was going on (Lack of marshalling/decent PA contributed). So all the fun runners also started at the same time.
I spent the first 2k weaving in and out of people including, rather dangerously, children. In a fun run situation fair enough, but when I'm chasing a PB I'm not always looking down far enough and nearly rattled a few kids.
After that debacle though, I have to say the race was good. There were some KILLER hills. To say that marshals were sparse would be an understatement. If there was an emergency, it would take 2-3 minutes for a marshal to even get notified they were that far apart.
The problems return during the last kilometer. As runners were running up the finish straight, people who were already finished were walking down the same router, and I was having to weave around them too! Once again, no marshalling to keep runners and finishers separated.
The medal was good, the goody bag was shoddy. The tee shirt was good but paid extra for it.
The best part of the day was the attractions in Longleat which we did have free entry to (Except the safari park). The saving grace of the event.
I had fun, but have been to much better organised events and wouldn't do this one again with the current arrangements. Date of review: February 10, 2014
In short: Mud, wind, rain, frozen, sodden fun! Oh, and CAKES! In full: First year this event has been put on and it was competing with quite a few other races. However, those of us who chose to race this one had a treat. Loved the route despite the conditions under foot and the trudge around a few fields. The wind and water under foot made it really challenging. I was on the verge of quitting due to lack of speed a few times but was actually gaining on others! Ha! Nice to have a fast finish and I actually really enjoyed the fact that there were no mile or km markers. No fancy medal or t-shirt but who needs them when you can have inexpensive fun like this. Did I mention the cakes at the end? Had the biggest slice of chocolate cake! Yum. Will be coming back next year :) Date of review: February 10, 2014
In short: One of my favourite races every year In full: I love this race - it just gets better every year (and bigger, but so far without losing its really friendly atmosphere). Yesterday the wind got in the way of a new PB but I still loved it - the Samba Band are particularly awesome; the marshals are amongst the best you'll ever see; water, fruit galore at the end; top medal too! Date of review: February 10, 2014
In short: Right up there in terms of being the UKs bext 10K In full: Great organisation, great marshals, great atmosphere, great bands, great medal, great good bag, just a great event Date of review: February 10, 2014
In short: Enjoyable and challenging. In full: Shame about the messing about from Longleat, and the goody bags weren't up to much, but I really enjoyed it and there was a nice friendly atmosphere. Date of review: February 10, 2014
In short: Well organised 10k on a hilly but enjoyable course In full: Good event - all on tarmac, good going underfoot and nice use of the park to get two 5k laps in. The Park is hilly - each lap includes two decent climbs, one that takes you about 2/3 of the way up the Avenue, then back down and up Lovers' Walk. I train in the Park regularly and I reckon this adds a minute a lap to what you might expect to do on a flat course. You also have to jink around a bit due to fellow park users (dog walkers, Sunday morning strollers) but the paths are plenty wide enough and most people are happy to give way and cheer you on.
Very good race overall, well organised and run by friendly and helpful staff. And the scenery - well, it's Greenwich Park. It's fantastic. Good atmosphere and I would certainly do it again. Thanks to the organisers and friendly, encouraging marshals. Date of review: February 10, 2014
In short: Brilliant organisation and a great race In full: The organisation was brilliant especially given the appalling weather and flooding before the race day, meaning the route had to be changed at the 11th hour. And they even arranged for the sun to come out for the race itself!! Fantastic! Date of review: February 10, 2014