In short: A great mildly challenging course with a mix of scenery. In full: Loved the stadium start and finish. The lap round the lake and over the farmers field was tough due to the mud, but the time could be made back up once on the tarmac. It was motivating to see my family supporting me when lapping the stadium. Well marshalled and very enjoyable route. I will be back! Date of review: December 2, 2013
In short: Enjoyable as usual In full: Much less mud this year - seemed a bit strange not to have mud over the ankles. Good to have the morris dancer helping us up the hill. Rob seems to organise the best weather each year, with sunny intervals in November!
In short: Nice Friendly Event. Great Marshals In full: This is a nice event with varied terrain and the marshals were some of the best I have seen for an event of this type. Organisation was great from race numbers with chips on to lots of goodies at the finish. Would definitely do this again Date of review: December 2, 2013
In short: Great winter run. Less hanging around than the big events In full: Very scenic and enjoyable virtually flat run. Well organised staggered start to reduce crowding throughout narrow sections. Well marshalled and friendly. Would be concerned about tow path and grass sections if bad weather. Good value unless you need another T shirt! Date of review: December 2, 2013
In short: Great, flat course with good PB potential In full: I really enjoyed the race. It was a fast, flat course and the marshals were very friendly and had plenty of jelly babies to hand out. Because the course is round an aerodrome the scenery mainly consists of a few planes, but it also meant it was traffic free. Unfortunately spectators are not allowed round the course, so it did feel a bit lonely at times. I was a bit disappointed that they had run out of goody bags by the time I'd finished, and also there were very few toilets for us ladies (although they were lovely and warm). I think in future it would also be a good idea to have announcements or signs to direct runners to the start line as a few of us were confused. Date of review: December 2, 2013
In full: My last review didn't save the correct numbers! So re reviewed with the right numbers!! I loved this race. Very supportive marshals. Loos at the beginning and the tea at the end was well received. I was finishing as most people were heading home but having them walking back along the road and cheering for me kept me going and even encouraged a sprint finish. The walk back to the carpark was a good cool down too. The Morris dancers at Shapwick were fab and the lone fiddler as I came up final hill kept me fighting to the top. All in all a great race experience and can't wait to try and improve my time next year :-) Date of review: December 1, 2013
In short: Great atmosphere and support from marshals. Uplifting music at the pub in Shapwick kept me going! A challenging hill at the end but the cheers as I came along the final stretch from the runners had finished encouraged a little sprint finish :-) Date of review: December 1, 2013
In short: Flat! And no sharp corners - mostly straight, with gentle curves In full: Friendly and relaxed organisers, supporters of this Ofsted 'outstanding' school for autistic children and lifelong services for adults (Jigsaw School and Jigsaw+). Great professional photos taken. Route is runway and perimeter road of airfield, the Top Gear track Date of review: December 1, 2013
In short: Great atmosphere and beat target time In full: The sun shining and so many cheerful marshals made this a great run along the coast and back. A definite for next year. A meticulously organised race with good changing and shelter before and after the race. A very reasonably priced race but if just one thing could be improved I would pay another pound for a bigger doggie bag. Great organisation. Well done Thanet Date of review: December 1, 2013
In short: Nice 2 lapper, good mix of surfaces, well marshalled In full: Well done Brett Ashford, was a good run. I personally like the 2 lap course, meant I could guage my efforts to get to the 17K mark and then cruise in downhill - an excellent finish.
Good Venue, no problems with loos or showers at the end, liked the drinks and jaffas at the finish.
My only moan might be that in the prize categories, supervet as over 45 means I have no-one to race, because there's no way I can compete with a 45 year old. Us supersupervets (over60)enjoy our own little races, and it would be nice to get our own trophy as some other races do, (the A20 Half springs to mind). Plus you might get a few more of us entering!
But overall, good race, enjoyed it, Ta Date of review: December 1, 2013
In short: No mile markers or half marathon markers In full: The 10k race was marked but there were no markers for the half marathon. Extra charges were made if you didn't have you ea membership card - first time I have ever been asked to show it. Finally there was a bit of a dodgy passing point on the bridge. Very slippy and difficult when runners coming in different directions. Date of review: December 1, 2013
In short: Decent race. Low key. Good for PB seekers. In full: Enjoyed this run along my normal training route. It's a no-frills race though well organised. All the right boxes ticked - parking, toilets, efficient bag drop, medal and refreshments at the end, etc etc. Suffers from a slight lack of atmosphere and enthusiasm, as if most people are turning up for a training run on steroids.
Still, very well organised and good PB potential. Will be back. Date of review: December 1, 2013