In short: enjoyable - but bloomin wet! In full: I did enjoy that - got a PB, and the t-shirt at the end is a good'un - mars bar and bananas much appreciated as well :o)
Pity about the weather though, cos although it was good for running in, it did dampen (sorry about the pun) the atmosphere and the supporteres were in dribs and drabs, but still very much appreciated!
Had a bit of a problem finding the start too -I know that sounds stupid, but because we'd driven in the opposite way to where the start was set up, there weren't any signs to show you where to go! (Did ask some helpful marshalls though and we got there eventually!)
In short: relaxed atmopshere In full: Yes the course marking could be better and there were occasions when there were obstructions and very tight changes of direction. however, the overall atmosphere made it a good event and if you like mutliple laps - which a lot do - then that was also good. overall I would recommend it and the charity aspect is very improtant. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Excellent In full: A pb, mars bar and banana, I can't ask for more. Pretty race with enough ups to challenge. Well organised. A tight start and finishing on wet grass the only slight concerns but can't see what else could be done so overall 10 out of 10. Will be back next year. Well done to the organisers. The woman who decided to bend over and tie her shoe laces just after the start with 800 people trying to get into their stride in a narrow lane nearly took out more runners than a hand grenade, not the best of ideas I feel. I must practise leapfrog for next year. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Call that undulating? :) In full: Was hillier than I expected but that's what you get when you use vague words like undulating! My Garmin reckons on nearly 2000 feet of elevation gain over the course. That however is the only gripe and who really cares?
The scenery was a pleasant surprise, the marshalling was excellent and very encouraging (especially the two guys shouting out numbers somewhere near the end). The support by the rugby club was uplifting. The whole event was very well organised and offered excellent value for money. The wet sponges were very welcome and a nice touch.
I was five minutes off my PB but that can be attributed to the hills!
I will be adding this one to my calendar for next year.
In short: Very well organised, marshalls friendly and encouraging, great support from spectators In full: Lovely race, mostly flat, only a few inclines. Superb marshalling, encouragement at every turn. Will definitely be coming back next year. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: A wonderfully friendly race - with cake! In full: This is a lovely women's only event over mixed terrain taking in track (start & finish), pavement, grass, footpaths... Well organised by Epsom Allsorts. The course twists and turns a bit and the varied surface underfoot means it probably isn't a PB course. However, it makes you glow. There are children's races before the main event, a communal warm-up, superbly friendly marshalling. Every runner is cheered in to the finish, no matter what their time. This year there was a bum bag instead of the usual t-shirt or vest and there were plenty of positive comments from my fellow club members. If you're local, put it in your diary for next year! Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: It's a fun run In full: Surely if it's advertised in Runners World as a 10k it ought to be 10k and it ought to be suited to runners. Ok it's a charity event, I like 4 laps, who needs mementoes? But the course ought to be properly measured (the distance round the football field was what you made it), the finish times ought to be taken seriously, the km markers ought to bear some relation to reality,and that car right across the path next to the road, with the toddlers playing on the path by the burger bar ought to have been attended to. Call it a fun run and people who see it RW and come some distance won't be disappointed. But a 10k, no way Date of review: May 7, 2006