In short: Really happy I entered this race, very scenic route and more undulating than hilly! Only one gripe was the start, very slow runners towards the front of the narrow start made for a frustrating first half mile! Will definitely be back here next year.. Date of review: October 27, 2014
In short: The best race in the South West 2014 In full: Review of 2014 race as RW wouldn't let me choose 2014 from menu. What a privilege to run the Tavy7, one of the best races around. Race started at 12:00 so everyone had plenty of time to get there without having to wake at 06:00 as in some races. Fantastic scenery that can distract from the task at hand, but this beats any plod around a dull lifeless town.Everything went like clockwork and the efforts and experience of the Tavistock host showed. Lovely route but of course this is rural so do not expect many spectators en route, just sheep & Dartmoor ponies. Route not too tough at all even though it's on the edge of Dartmoor. Parts of the route can be a bit exposed to winds but that of course is beyond the organizers control. Marshalling was good and these are quiet roads anyway so traffic was not a problem. Great commentary at the start / finish kept everybody informed & entertained - well done the MC (Allan Herdman). Always nice to hear your name over the loudspeakers as you "sprint" to the finish. Afterwards nice cakes and allsorts to eat. Finally the best to last, the Tavy7 t-shirt is a thing of rare beauty & now I can say I've got one. THANK YOU TAVISTOCK! Date of review: October 26, 2014
In short: SUPER! In full: WOW WOW WOW! Dr. Rob has done it yet again: My 3rd time on this very challenging course and, again, I found the whole event such a most enjoyable one! Perfect weather & trail conditions though I did miss a bit of mud today!!! As always with Dr. Rob's events, the marshals were simply great, most encouraging, motivating, with big and friendly smiles. Super feeding/drinks stations, plenty of Jaffa cakes, jelly babies, Maltesers etc. etc. This fabulous trail run is an absolute 'must' for any trail runner, be it a fast or slow one. I know already that I will return, to do it all again, steps, 'Lethal Hill', the lot! Here's to next year! Thank-you Dr. Rob and your fantastic little helpers, for giving us all such a brilliant event.
In short: As race goes past my house had to run this race. Was pleasantly surprised with the organisation and never noticed any glitches. In short, course was fairly quick and marshals and spectators very encouraging. Well done luton Date of review: October 26, 2014
In short: Really well organised, and locals very supportive. In full: There had clearly been a lot of effort put into organising this, with a carefully thought out traffic free route, and loads of marshalls. The locals really got into the spirit of it, with plenty of them out cheering all the runners on.
One small gripe is that the start was advertised as being a fifteen minute walk from the railway station: I can't walk two miles in fifteen minutes, and would have driven had I realised beforehand. But that's minor, it was a great atmosphere and a really enjoyable event. Date of review: October 26, 2014
In short: Teething problems In full: My home town's 2nd half marathon, therefore I will give it some leeway with the teething problems. One major gripe involved the mile markers, which seemed out off sync from mile 4 onwards. They were too short, thus I didn't run a half marathon!! The race hq is not big enough. There is sufficient space at stockwood park to use marquees for baggage storage etc to help with the congestion. Perhaps more of wardown park could be used to keep the bushmead residents happy before they start throwing rotten tomatoes at the runners next time due to the road closures!! The shuttle pick up was from Gordon street and not Wellington street, which would of saved my aching limbs a 5 min walk if I knew that this had been changed before hand.
Overall, good atmosphere with the runners and I will be back. Date of review: October 26, 2014
In short: Do it for the medal! In full: Just thought I would put fingers to keyboard to say what a lovely little race this was today. Held at Riseholme college, it was pretty straightforward to get to but once inside the grounds we were a little uncertain as to which way to go, a few signs would have been helpful! That said, a small field of mixed ability runners took part in this trail/grass run: club runners and non-affiliated runners; a lady and her dog ran the course; children took part and a physically challenged lady walked the 3.1 course, all of which elicited a lovely atmosphere. Friendly, chatty people including the marshals. I got a bit confused on one section of the run though, as did a few other runners I believe, and that was the 'forest' area. I think more markers/signs are needed round this section. The route is a little obscure in places. The goody bag is GOOD, which you receive before the start of the race! The medal is simply gorgeous with it's unique shape, colour and design. It's quite an expensive run but then it's a charity event and all of the money goes to ex-service men and women and their families. Well worth the money and the hour journey. BRILLIANT. Date of review: October 26, 2014
In short: Lovely undulating course with personality a few things need updating In full: Great course lovely scenery, some challenging hills and wind (on the day i did it) so not a PB course for all. great Tshirt and some personality in the race. Sponge station was a nice touch but no bag drop and cups of water at the water stations mean it could be more up to date to really north lincs, robin hood and now even chesterfield HMs locally Date of review: October 26, 2014
In full: Being a Lutonian and a runner who's never done this, I thought it was about time. I enjoyed it, particularly as I personally had spectator support. There was some good support from the general public - hope the more this is held the more locals will come out to support. Perhaps a local band could play in the town centre and this could help turn it into more of a community event.
Marshalls were ok but could have made a little more effort to give directions on occasions, ie to give directions if there's noone in front of a runner. Also more encouragement from marshalls would make this race all the more enjoyable.
The pre race communication was very good. What might help during the registeration is to have one person to deal with queries, and one person to ask all runners to check their number before getting in the queue. Then rely on what number runners give and don't check this off against the name - then registeration would be much quicker.
Thank you to all those organising and holding this event.