In short: 69 miles is always going to be tough, but thoroughly enjoyed In full: Great organisation overall. Some v supportive marshals.Stayed in dorms at the castle start for night before-was petrified about this (there as lone woman runner!), but ended up being a perfect plan and was great to meet ppl b4 race. Scenery on hills etc was lovely, and nice to see the wall, but was more of a road/tarmac-based run than I'd hoped for. My longest run to date, so am always going to think fondly of it. This year's alternative Finish Village was great when you got there, but the hanging around waiting for the minibus when you've run 69 miles and need the loo and think you may throw up was hard. Date of review: June 24, 2015
In short: Well organised road Ultra In full: This year, only the one-day option was available, and this was superbly organised. Route was well signed, Marshalls helpful and enthusiastic and the pit shops well stocked. The big hill past Vindolanda was gone this year, and the really should be thought of a road ultra, with the majority on tarmac or unmetalled road. As mentioned by others, coming into Newcastle on Saturday night is special, as is the final crossing of the millennium bridge Date of review: June 24, 2015
In short: Tough but achievable for everyone In full: Three days of torture was surprisingly fun- the camaraderie was magnificent and the organisation was outstanding- long may this event continue... Date of review: June 23, 2015
In short: poorly organised and expensive In full: Race pack postage underpaid so had to pick mine up from post office as did 300 other runners at a cost of £1.11 and a 38 mile round trip to the post office. Ankle timing chip cut into my skin with chafing during the race. Road closures welcome but when 1100 runners are in a pack and cones are in the middle of the road people are inevitably going to trip over them, which I saw. Goody bag was a cheap crap bag with the medal inside, that's it. Tshirt is practically threadbare it's so thin material. Most unforgiveable is cutting 0.6mile off the distance and being, thus far, totally unapologetic. Shan't run again until I hear of VAST improvements in organisation. Route needs looking at too, 90 degree corners at the start and narrow gates with 1100 runners is not good. Date of review: June 23, 2015
In short: Great event and definite PB potential In full: Really well organised 10k and very scenic for parts of it. Nice and flat course so definite PB potential. I found the roads from the 5k to the 8k mark a little dull compared to the rest of the race but then turning a corner and descending down to the high street and then back along the river was a really superb end to the race. Great event and will be back next year. The kite festival was also a welcome distraction for supporters! Date of review: June 23, 2015
In short: Best 10k in the country!! In full: Beautiful day, beautiful setting, beautiful atmosphere , fantastically organised, brilliant medal. Perfect 10k! Cannot be beaten by 'other' 10k events, full stop. All-time favourite race! Date of review: June 23, 2015
In short: Tough but fun In full: A terrific event,first half easy second half tough.i had no problems with water and bananas running out but it seems some people did so lessons to be learned next year.i did notice water being offered by some runners on the out and back van road section,well done to them,I also agree with a previous reviewer that small bottles should be used to avoid waste and also the first water station was not signposted,I was past it before I could react,overall though I would recommend the race Date of review: June 23, 2015
In short: Could do better In full: According to my watch the race went 4 min early, I did not take part in the group warm up but the point this finishes the race starts no warning. I did speak to a marschall as my watch had 10.26 who said it was 10.30 to show me his watch which stated 10.28, at least start on time Date of review: June 23, 2015
In short: Fantastic new course that was challenging enough for experienced runners and user-friendly enough for those new to the distance In full: I'll always have a soft spot for this race as it was the first race that I ever took part in and was the 10K that I ever ran. In 2014 it began my racing life. The 2015 course was a massive improvement over last year's and that of previous years. It was well marshalled apart from the turning at the Little Lines.
Well done to Medway Sport for creating a route that was interesting and not boring and flat. There was enough undulation for those that like climbs and downhill bits for tired legs to recover.
Huge thanks to Wisdom Hospice and their volunteers for the excellent marshalling. The race couldn't have worked without you. Just make sure that someone is at the Little Lines turning for next time!
This race is my "home race" as I am a Medway local and I thoroughly enjoyed it this year. The atmosphere was made by all the local running clubs whose members turned out in force and helped and supported each other along the way. This year the race definitely felt as though it belonged to Medway. Date of review: June 23, 2015
In short: Such a shame the company running this event are so poor. In full: As the organisers have now admitted, this years race was half a mile short due to a mix up just before mile 10, this is unforgivable but enough said. There are 100 toilets on the showground but for some reason a few of the blocks were locked again organisation? Had to pay to pick up my race pack from the post office you get the picture. On the positive side the water stations were frequent and well stocked, great support through the town although a little quiet for the last few miles as you headed out into the country, wasn't the fiasco in the car park like last year due to slight course changes and running the route in reverse. This is a hilly course but all of it is runnable. This race has great potential but if this company is still making huge mistakes after 3 years might be time for a change. Date of review: June 23, 2015
In short: SHOCKING ORGANISATION! In full: Lets start with the positives.....a well supported, scenic route, taking in both the town center and countryside. Water stations very efficient and at regular intivals. Very hilly but i knew that beforehand. Not PB potential (unless you run <13.1 miles...see below)
Negatives....where to begin?!
IT WAS SHORT - 0.5 miles by all accounts (my Garmin clocked the distance at 12.45 miles). This is unacceptable. Shocking not to even be able to send runners down the correct route (which i have heard was actually measured at 13.35 miles!)
Although not affected, 300 race packs held at Post Office as the organisers had underpaid on postage (you had to pay an additional £1.11 to collect)
Never saw the 100 toilets promised!
Same (and i mean idendical) medal and t-shirt (thin cotton) to last year!
Goody bag contained one cheap looking bar and a load of leaflets....what did i pay £26 for?!
This is my home town race, which i have run since its inception 3 years ago. The organistaion has been abysmal each year and i wont be running it again!!! Date of review: June 23, 2015
In short: A GOLD STAR EVENT In full: What a fabulous event this is. Started last year, the team has nailed the art of race organising. The start is at Cheltenham racecourse, loads of free parking. ... route goes over virtually every surface you can think of, grass, fields, mud, sand, stone. It goes uphill and along the ridge for probably the nicest view you'll get in a race. The downhill is great fun :) Every aid station is also equipped with a loo, even in the middle of nowhere... Now that's luxury! Brilliantly signposted, I managed not to get lost :) Option to do a variety of distances, two laps for a marathon, so you get to enjoy the cracking view twice ;) And a free massage at the end. ... Very welcome. I did this event last year and enjoyed it immensely. This year I loved it. Bring on 2016.
In short: Good, local race. On a par with others on similar size. In full: I'm not sure of some of the negative comments on here about the surface. It was firm all the way round, albeit not all on the road. And very flat. The only negative for me was, despite having a healthy ratio of marshals to runners, that I was sent the wrong way on the end of my second lap of the field despite saying I was on my second lap to the marshall. And so did the runner behind me. Lost me a place and about 30 seconds, as well as losing my momentum towards the finish. Date of review: June 22, 2015
In short: Great race in a great city. In full: Quite a few of us Cornish runners made the long trip up and it was well worth it. The organisation was spot on, from the marshal's in the Echo arena to the marshal's out on the course. The run up and down Penny Lane was a nice surprise and certainly helped me. Wasn't as flat as i expected but us Cornish runners are used to hills. Last 4 miles along the Mersey dragged a little but overall Liverpool was great and hopefully we'll all be back next year. Date of review: June 22, 2015