In short: Good course, enjoyable run but number of entrants exceeded facilities available In full: I enjoyed the race once it got going and would do it again. Negatives around organisation and facilities root caused to too many entrants for the capacity of the race HQ and management. They should have seen this coming and restricted numbers. Date of review: January 25, 2016
In short: Organisational shambles! In full: Lets start with the plus points. Lovely Medal, great free physio after, quite scenic and challenging
This was let down by awful organisation! Venue could not cope with the numbers. Queues for toilets/bad drop/numbers was terrible (with nobody assisting!) No obvious start line so people missed the timing mats. Cars in the start pen. Marshals on mobile, at one turning about 6miles the Marshals dog was running about and tripped a runner up! Return to bag drop to find bags left in middle of hall with anybody able to take it. No goody bag and had to ask to get water/cereal bar and not handed out. Overall a really big let down of what could have been a great run! Date of review: January 25, 2016
In short: Far to many runners In full: Really let themselves down with this race, you only have to read the comments above. Shame really as this used to be a great race, they need to cut the number down by a lot next year.
In short: Good course, HQ organisation a bit of a shambles In full: Done this race a number of times and think it is a great course with a variety of scenery and a quicker second half. HQ and organisation was a bit of a let down with not enough space or facilities but I am aware that suitable venues these days are limited, perhaps limit the numbers a bit and send out numbers and chips in advance. Date of review: January 24, 2016
In short: Organisation was an absolute shambles. In full: This was a new HQ but was totally inadequate for a Grand Prix race. 50 yard queue for loo / registration, turned out to be the same queue. Took 10 minutes to drop bag off only to find on my return it had been dumped in the middle of the floor unguarded with people tramping on it. Only 2 water stops. Marshals chatting on your phones and not even knowing where the start was. Cars trying to get pass 1500 runners at the start on unclosed roads. No goody bag. But a better medal than last year. Date of review: January 24, 2016
In short: Terrible Organisation! In full: The organisation let it down. First the pre race email had a bunch of instructions about racking up bikes.(??) It also promised a marshall at the gate directing cars but there was none. Having been told not to arrive before 11.30, the registration queue was enormous (and this was just to have someone tick your name off a list and tell you your race number, second queue to get it)- why not just put them on a board? Then toilet queue huge,(whats new?!)but unusually backed up due to registration chaos, race was delayed but they still gave time for a ridiculous warm up, overall I think about 20mins late, (maybe more)which trashed the nutrition/toilet planning. Unnecessary stress. The 20k is 4 laps, its dull, but I knew that, so I cant complain about that! PB potential yes, but there always seems to be a bit of a swirling wind there. Same medal for 5/10/15 or 20k bit of a let down. It got me out on Sunday lunchtime, thats about it. Date of review: January 24, 2016
In short: Hills! In full: A great run through the country. Undulating is certainly the word that kept going through my mind, never mind the 1k long fairly steep bit. Good organisation and a friendly atmosphere. Date of review: January 24, 2016
In short: Organisation was a shambles In full: The route was spot on and the number of runners made it special. Unfortunately the starting venue was badly chosen as it could not cope which made it frustrating from the off. Dozens of runners were sent to the wrong place to book in from a marshall. The facilities were not adequate and the final debacle was not closing the road to traffic at the start when 1300 runners were lining up on the road. Definitely room for improvement which is a shame as its a great route. Date of review: January 24, 2016
In short: Much awesomeness to be had In full: You get to race on a real life army tank training track, what more could you want. The water ditches are bloody cold though :D Date of review: January 24, 2016
In short: Nice course but the organisation needed some refinement! In full: The queues at the start to collect race numbers was ridiculously long with relatively poor organisation at the desks - there was 1 set of ladies toilets which had a queue intermingled with everyone queuing for race numbers and the men's toilet queue! The start was slightly chaotic with cars being allowed to drive both ways up along the road in amongst all of us at the start. The course is similar to previous years ..quite narrow at the start but opening out after a few miles. A nice course but chaotic organisation which was mostly due to too many runners in too small a space.. Please next year lets have more space and more toilets - and consider sending numbers out in the post to alleviate the long queues at the start. Still a nice race, nice medal and a picturesque course. Date of review: January 24, 2016
In short: Very good. A few hills but great route. In full: This was my first 10 mile race and although the organisation was lacking in a few places, it was easy to understand what to do before the event, where to find the facilities and get to the start line.
The route is greater mainly thrugh minor roads where there will be a car every minutes. All road crossings are marshalled and the cars are stopped if there are runners.
Mainly flat, a few gentle hills and one or two longer, steeper hills. But that's good to have in a race.
Clear directions and sign posts. Only two water stations. Potential cars may come close to you going down Bridge high street. Only one case that I heard of, so needs to be more marshalling here.
In short: Scenic, enjoyable, fun, challenging In full: Brilliant race! A huge thank you to all the organisers and helpers - without them I wouldn't have had so much fun! Definitely one to do again and I highly recommend it. Date of review: January 23, 2016
In short: Classic Mid Winter Race - Run Like Clockwork In full: Continuous feedback from the club as to a go no go when snow threatened. Coaches for their own park and ride to the start. Classic northern running/rugby/social club type set up, bar, showers, snooker table etc. Fairly packed inside. Vendors outside, coffee £1. Large marquee for the baggage drop, well manned, effective. Lots of marshalls and volunteers, made the whole thing run like clockwork. Huge thanks especially considering the cold icy conditions. Wide start, no congestion, good roads as despite the weather and country lanes no big puddles, just good old running through glorious clean crisp countryside air. Occassionally hilly, not too bad and a good downhill at the end. Showers on, decent goody bag, free drink and mince pie too. Date of review: January 20, 2016
In short: My first ever half many years ago and still my favourite In full: Great little half marathon with good contributions to local charities. Drinks stations seems a bit hit and miss this year but volunteers very enthusiastic so couldn't really complain Date of review: January 20, 2016
In short: Remains One of My Favourites In full: I've done it 3 times, with 2 cancelled through injury and already can't wait for next year. There's something about it, that I can't quite put my finger on. Whether its the chatting to running friends and running strangers, the relaxed atmosphere in the clubhouse beforehand, the simple but effective organisation, the public support on the way round, the free massage, the hot food and drink afterwards, it all helps to make it a great day and great race. Date of review: January 20, 2016