In short: first thing to meet you was ice cold snow, 2nd Rod Berry the organiser in his shorts and thin t-shirt and us in leggings and thermols - his words what a great day for a race and he was right. Best bit getting others to keep you warm after the race. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: Ran in the women's 3 mile race, there was a larger field than previous years so there was much more atmosphere! In full: Very welcoming and well-organised series of races to bring you in to Christmas. Nice to run with the Under 17s for a change too. Ladies do one small lap and one big lap (=1 big hill) and I think the men do three big laps (=3 big hills!!) so not a particularly fast course. Nice to be able to support each other with the mens and ladies races setting off at different times. Lovely atmosphere and support from the marshalls all the way round! Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: Very flat course made for pb's. In full: I cannot understand what these whingers are commenting about. The course was flat, amazingly organised considering the time of year and the weather (bloody freezing)plus there was free parking at the town centre. This was my first run and it was good to see all the elite runners running towards you and at what speed they run at. As a local of Telford it was a shame they only used a fraction of the Town Park as they are loads more tracks they could have utilised in the Park for this run, but all things considered I think the organisers deserve a pat on their backs for a well organised event. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: Really enjoyed this race. Well done. In full: Flat and fast. Good time trial just before Christmas weight gain!!!! Well organised, I disagree with the whingers, At the start there was a seperate path for non-runners (new this year) which I thought was a good idea. Also had estimated start time zones at the start area. Just a shame some people ignored this and go to close to the front at the start. I like the out and back course because you get to see the elite runners coming towards you, normally you don't see them after the first mile. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: Great race, 6min off my PB In full: Another good race at Gosport, organisation better this year. Very friendly marshalls offering great encouragement. Definately one to do on an annual basis Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: i never caught up with the two pink fairies in front of me ! In full: fantastic race. great momento of local brew to sup later that day. only problem was deciding what footwear to use - road or off-road. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: What a fantastic way to start the weekend. See you folks in January! In full: This was a fantastic way to start the morning. It was well marshalled and clearly marked out. I would encourage anyone to participate if they can make it up after a Friday night out. The only thing wa there were no km markers so it was hard to judge the progress. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: thoroughly enjoyable, well organised but don't skimp on your hill training In full: well organised run; great to start exactly on time as it was freezing cold; great course - little mud, sandy hill (is the organiser a sadist?); enthusiastic marshalls. Did anyone else see any distance markers coz I didn't? Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: The snow made it even more Christmassy. In full: Another successful race from Rod and Co. Running in the snow seemed to make me go faster to avoid sliding down the hills! Always worth the drive for this one. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: Very challenging - glad to finish in the end In full: I was persuaded to enter this race by a friend, and decided to combine the race with a weekend of visiting friends to make the 200 mile trip from North Wales worthwhile.
As this was only my third ever race, I did start wondering what I'd let myself into about halfway up the Big Dipper, and my lungs were ready to burst by the time I got to the top. The bottle-neck and resulting delay at the top was a bit of a godsend, but not really enough of a rest as I didn't get settled into my running until after I'd walked up the golf course hill!
All in all, quite enjoyable once I'd got the two big inclines out of the way and the stream crossings were very cold. The first one was shallow enough for you to practically run along the river bed, but the final two were significantly deeper and seemed a lot colder - I was really looking forwards to my soup by this time!
I did ask myself why after I crossed the finish line, but I don't think it'd take too much persuasion to get me back down south again next year... Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: Was that a party of Hobbits just passed us? In full: A very tough mixed-terrain course that would have been a nightmare had it been warmer. Fortunately the fields were frozen and I had a ball, even if it took 1:45 to finish. The very daunting 400-meter scramble up the hill was worth it for the glorious views; my husband said it looked like Weathertop from "The Fellowship of the Ring". Friendly race wardens/rescue workers waited around nearly every turn, and a commemorative bottle of beer was given us at the end. This was the most beautiful race I've ever run, and a great day out. Do it. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: A really challenging race, but a great way to start the weekend. In full: A very well oraganised race that started exactly on time, so no hanging around and cooling down. Very impressive. As anticipated, the first time over St Marthas was no drama, but if felt like a bit of a mission on the return journey. However, really positive marshalls kept you going, couldn't help but crack a smile even though my legs were screaming. Top marks for constant motivation. My only concern is that I couldn't really see where my entry fee had gone. A tenner for the race, a milk shake and some promotional literature is a bit steep. I'm being picky though as this certainly did'nt detract from a cracking atmosphere and a really enjoyable start to the weekend. I agree that there should be some kind of memorabilia in the goody bag, maybe even a simple sticker depicting..."St Martha, the patron saint of gradients"? Either way, really looking forward to January and some more hills. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: A very well organised race. I shall certainly be doing it again! In full: Last year, Bolsover was my second ever 10k, and I found the course "undulations" a bit of a struggle. A year later, the undulations were minor obstacles on a cold, clear December morning.
I felt the start was a little disorganised. I was only about 15ft back from the start line, and I couldn't hear the guy with the megaphone calling out instructions. That obviously needs new batteries for next year! I did hear him call out: 3.. 2.. 1.. GO! though, although the air-horn which announced the start was a moment or two after this - quite strange really.
That said, it was only a very minor gripe a the rest of the race was very well organised indeed. The marshalling was excellent with at least two marshalls at each road junction, and the local constabulary out at two places there were traffic lights to cross. I'd like to say a big thanks to all of them for volunteering (or being volunteered ;)) to stand out in the cold for a couple of hours. You all did an excellent job!
I know most people really liked the clock last year, but I wasn't a big fan (although it was a good idea and different to the usual stuff). This year, the memento was a T-shirt. In fact, a long-sleeved T-shirt, which is great 'cos all my other T-shirts are short-sleeved, so now I have something to wear when it's a little cooler.
It was great to see a good mix of runners from the out-and-out racers to people tackling a 10k for the first time, making this a very friendly pre-Christmas race. Date of review: December 19, 2005