In short: where were the medals? The race itself was very good but no medals were given out despite clearly saying 'medal and winners prizes'. As you can tell this annoyed me and spoilt what would have been a great race. Date of review: February 23, 2014
In short: Fairly poor organisation - smelled very much like the work of non-runners In full: A small pub is not a great HQ for a race expecting around 400 runners (limit 500), all of whom have to pick their number up on race day. The volume of people made it difficult to get to number pickup and to bag drop and large queues formed outside. To their credit the organisers delayed the start of the race in acknowledgement of the inadequate setup.
The lack of a megaphone or PA system meant that the instructions at the start were inaudible. At least there was a klaxxon available to start the race.
Loos were just about sufficient but the portaloos were tucked away and not signposted which led to them being underutilised whilst the pub and public toilets were overutilised.
The course was pleasant enough on quiet country roads. Pretty flat course but more like 50-60 meters of climbing rather than the advertised '6'.
Marshalls on the course were friendly but the HQ volunteers were a bit snotty. I assume this was because they were feeling the pressure.
Below average value. I expect much better for £15. I've been to local races organised by running clubs for a couple of quid that would put this one to shame. Wouldn't do it again. Date of review: February 23, 2014
In short: No atmosphere and no goodies In full: I suppose you are not going to get much atmosphere when you are running laps of a racecourse. We certainly didn't. Nothing and no-one to cheer us on. Goody bag was pathetic No medal, no T shirt. Far too expensive Date of review: February 23, 2014
In short: A great local race that the weather could not ruin. In full: I had great fun at this exceptionally well organised 10k race. The route which was on good roads was well marked, marshalled and had lovely views.
Hot sandwiches and cake at the end just added to this great event. Date of review: February 23, 2014
In short: UNDULATING this was NOT flat. In full: The race HQ was way too small and we had to que outside in the cold. Once inside you had to turn left to get your number but then to drop off your kit you had to fight your way pass others trying to get in to the pub. It would have made more sense to have people came in by the toilets. I signed up for this as they said that it was flat. This was UNDULATING as there were some sharp hills all be it short ones. Date of review: February 23, 2014
In full: First time for me, love the band Batala being there at the start. Lots of different terrain to run on which puts me out my comfort zone but its all good practice, very windy day but then we are by the coast, great goodie bag, lovely medal and neck warmer, great organisation, I saw the lead man have to run back as he missed a turning but it was clear where the lead bike was, I will be back next year! Date of review: February 23, 2014
In short: Mud, rain, wind, a hill and cheery marshalls - what more could you want! In full: Excellent if some what challenging weather conditions! A very well organised run. I look forward to next year's event! Well done. Date of review: February 23, 2014
In short: very expensive In full: Of all the races I have run, this was the worst value for money: minimum effort, one glass of water and a penguin (this is what they mean by "finish line goodies") and minimum marshaling. The scenery wasn't that great either..! Date of review: February 23, 2014
In short: very enjoyable event, great course In full: Organisation was good considering it was the inaugural event. Course is fast and flat run on very quiet roads. A very friendly crowd of runners and marshals and i'll definitely be back next year. many thanks Date of review: February 23, 2014
In short: Excellent organisation. My first go at racing this distance. Very challenging but friendly, encouraging Marshall's everywhere. Fancy dress, wigs and music kept me smiling. Really enjoyed! Date of review: February 23, 2014
In short: what a truely amazing experience with fantastic support on a brilliant course In full: This race was so brilliant that I am still on the runners high nearly a week later. I came in last after a very slow run (which is my normal position) but I was encouraged all the way round. The course is tough but achievable. I was so touched by the warmth shown to me by everyone that I got all emotional on a number of occasions. If any beginners are considering a long race than this is the one for you because you will carried along on a wave of genuine support from the Stamford striders. They will make you feel that you totally belong in that race as much as the fast runners. To me that is the mark of a truly great race/club because it takes a lot for somebody like me to go to the start line let alone carry on to the finish line. Thank you everyone for giving me the experience of a perfect running day. Date of review: February 21, 2014