In short: Nice event, some aspects need fine-tuning In full: Negatives: Paying extra on top of an already expensive entry, for doing so online Having to get into the narrow start funnel waay before the start of the race - or else risk having to fight through lots of slow-moving traffic; meant I couldn't do a proper warmup. Confusing signs near the finish due to the race being staged at the same time as the 5K Not enough portaloos - though other toilets were available if you knew where to look (or were desperate enough) There was some kind of cockup over the chip timings which meant that neither they nor the full results were available till the next day. In the meantime, attempts to get some public response out of BTRLiverpool as to what had gone wrong & when results could be expected met with stony silence....even if they weren't to blame as they claimed, it gave the impression they had something to hide. Plus points: Nice scenic venue, no significant hills, a few little drags Lots of support all round the course, made for a good atmosphere Course was convoluted but no real sharp bends and personally didn't encounter any issues with the roads being too narrow for 2 way traffic. Overall, could certainly be persuaded to return if the above concerns are taken seriously Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: Brilliant race full of welcoming marshals to cheer you along and pacers for up to 70mins - brilliiant! In full: A lovely race for a beginner or for a plodder like me because the marshals were so positive and helpful and pacers were available for 60min and 70min times - not just for the speedy folks. However, there were plenty of inspiring performances by 'elite' experienced runners too so definitely a race for everyone! Great to have banana, chocolate and Haribo in the goody bag to aid recovery. Cool medal with the Eagle, and the Eagle mascot was on hand for a photo opportunity too! Brilliant! Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: Great medium size event, thoroughly organised. In full: Two and a half laps around the pleasant Gunnersbury Park, mostly along the footpaths with a short section across grass. Only improvement would be less but longer laps, but then it couldn't be in Gunnersbury Park.
As far as the organisation and atmosphere went it couldn't be better, very impressed. Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: Fantastic race from the welcoming Ealing Eagles In full: This is a great little race in leafy Ealing, which is suitable for all abilities. A good race last year made great this time around by positive subtle tweaks.
Great value for money, flat enough for a fast time, free photographs to download, wide range of pacers, after race massage, so many cheerful marshals, free drinks, distinctive medal, great goodie bag... and the list goes on.
Forget your big crowded 10k races with extortionate entrance fees and make your way to Ealing. Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: Very well organised race with fantastic support from the marshalls. PB potential as pacers were provided. In full: Great race for beginners as well as experienced runners. Registration was quick and easy. Distance was marked along the route with water station at half way stage. At the end you got a lovely medal and goody bag. Good value for money.
In short: What else could you want from a marathon? In full: Loved this race. It is now my pb race and the first time I've got sub 4 so if you train for the hills it's there for the taking (and you can more than make up the time on the downhills). The atmosphere is uplifting and the 10-in-10ers utterly humbling. I would also recommend taking advantage of the B&B offer to stay at Brathay - it makes it all the more civilised that your shower is 100yds from the finish! Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: Close...but no cigar. One for the charity runners really. In full: I ran my fastest ever 10K here last year and I was gunning for a new PB (or so I thought), that being the only reason I forked out a steep £26 to do it. The minute the organisers announced it was only going to be a 9K I lost my mojo. Most experienced runners were gutted but the fun runners gave a cheer (more about them later). Great credit to the organisers for still making a race possible. I'd taken a position inside the under 45 minutes pen and I was very frustrated at having to pass hundreds of corporate and fun runners dressed as fairies etc just to find some clear space around the narrow track. Once that was done I quite enjoyed it and if it had been 10K I would have smashed my PB. Never mind, I'll give this one more go next year as it's only a tenner but I'm starting at the front. Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: Spectacular scenery, Wonderful marshals but wow,the hills! In full: This is a wonderful event, really well organised. But it is tough & the hills made the last few miles a walk/ hobble! Lovely scenery and the marshals & helpers were just wonderful. Can't thank them & the organisers enough.
In short: A brilliant 10k In full: Superbly organised race again from the Hogweed Trotters. Chip timing, medal, jelly babies, biscuits and a fast course. What more could you want? Very friendly atmosphere as well. Will definitely be back next year. Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: It's a great race! In full: My second go at the Beverley 10K and it won't be my last. Fantastic organisation at Beverley Leisure Centre. Plenty of parking and loos and a chance to watch the fun run before the main event. Lovely to start right next to the Minster and the initial run through Wednesday Market and under North Bar a really good start. A challenging climb up the Westwood and to Walkington but all downhill from there (definitely a negative split race). The run down the Westwood recharged the legs for a kick as I enter Saturday Market. Once off the cobbles a sprint finish to Wednesday Market past the cheering crowds. Apples, bananas and water at the finish and a chance to cheer other runners home. Wiped 50 seconds off last years time and so chuffed I jogged back to the Leisure Centre for my technical t-shirt and back to the car. Bring on 2014! Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: Really liked this race, beautiful and challenging :) In full: Nerves at the start when every other runner looked like a hardcore ninja soon faded with a few nods and smiles from people I'd never met before. Once we set off into the rain the enjoyment of the varied terrain and what would come next kept me going. Like an idiot I left my watch behind and with no distance markers I didn't have a clue how far I had gone in how long, hurrah for the final waterstop that told me I had a mile to go. Thank you RMP Runners for a lovely run :) I'll be back next year! Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: Ok race, nothing to get excited about In full: I'll be honest and say don't really think the race is worth the entry fee.
Don't get me wrong I felt the organisation of it was excellent. Picking up your number the day before ran like clockwork, as did everything in the park before the race, water stations brilliant, well marshalled, and excellent water stations.
However I felt it was a really grim, un-scenic course for most of the race. Didn't find it easy to get going as the roads were quite narrow at the start meaning it was quite difficult to get past people. The baggage collection at the end for me was rather chaotic not what you really want after finishing a marathon.
In parts a great marathon and if it was around £30 it be worth it however at £55 felt it was a bit of a rip off. Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: Great race but with challenging hills In full: Really enjoyed this marathon despite the hills!
Thought it was very well organised, though could perhaps improve it with more bottles at the drink stations, paper cups especially on a hot day are a bit inadequate.
Despite this thoroughly enjoyed this race. It's a beautiful course but challenging. Very well organised, good photographers and helpful marshals. For £20 entry fee, you cant go wrong. Highly recommended. Date of review: May 20, 2013