In short: Home turf - nice crowd - great day In full: Really enjoyed the crowd around the start and finish - was being clapped in and that makes a runner feel good. Not a pb time-wise, but position-wise yes. Run the Common when training, so know and love the course. Was an enjoyable morning, would do it again. Date of review: June 5, 2005
In short: bottleneck at the first bend In full: This was my first 5k race and I too had trained long and hard for this. I did manage to run all the way round but only because I ran on the spot at the bottle necks!! going to try a different venue next year. my 48 minutes is never going to be in the record books - except one of the slowest times. Date of review: June 5, 2005
In short: A disappointment In full: I've trained hard for this, my first race, with my target being running the whole distance - unfortunately no chance of that. Several bottlenecks especially in the first 1km where the field came to a complete standstill. I also understand that everyone except the first 3 or 4 runners cut a corner - surely this can only be due to poor signposting / route marking. I'm pretty disappointed. I know it's a fun run, but I will go for a much lower key affair for my next effort. Date of review: June 5, 2005
In short: A really enjoyable race In full: Good bits - The organisation, the atmosphere and friendliness of fellow runners, Sharron Davies starting the race (always a good thing), The town crier, The parking, the scenery, the finishers medal. Bad bits - Didn't seem like there were enough toilets (then again there never is enough is there), could this race really be classed as undulating (vicious hill at 5K).
Overall: Fab race and thanks to the local lad that ran with me and gave me an idea of what hills to expect and when to expect them... little b*gg*r beat me though! Date of review: June 5, 2005
In short: Great atmosphere with fireman helping out in the aerobic warm-up. Lots of long grass to run through, and a few steep undulations make it a challenging course for a beginner. I got a new pb and finished 20th overall, so it made at least one runner hap Date of review: June 5, 2005
In short: good decent run, nice route, good pace In full: a good run, id liked a few more entrants, bout 500 i recon turned up. the finish line was,well non-existent and many runners didnt realise that they hadnt finished, so a big fihish sign would be welcome!! but the route was nice i enjoyed it and i did take over 3 mins off my pb!! Date of review: June 5, 2005
In short: A good rural run around the country park - shame about the cobbles! In full: A good run which gave me a PB (albeit I'm only just starting out).
The sceneary was pleasant and marshalling friendly the only thing I wasn't prepared for were the cobblestones in the hall courtyard which were a little slippy (and downhill) - I was worried I might have to do these a second time, as they occured early on, my my fears weren't realised and I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the race. Date of review: June 5, 2005
In short: Twisty town centre race with one fast park section In full: A town centre race with lots of twists and turns at the beginning which made it hard to get into a steady rhythm. Best part of the course through the park beside the lake - watch out for the Canadian Geese! Well marshalled with plenty of Police support. Fast finish down the pedestrian only town centre. Nice medal, goody bag with lots of soaps and shampoos (is someone trying to tell us runners something?)and limited water and sponges at the end. Enjoyable and I would do it again if I'm down that way. Date of review: June 5, 2005
In short: Good undulating off road run. In full: This race has to be one of my favorite off road events. I,ve done this race now for three years and each time the conditions vary. Date of review: June 5, 2005
In short: Beautiful, tough, some basic navigation called for, strong hearts and big lungs a help. In full: A fantastic race through some of the best scenery in England. Quite the domain of the fell-runner, but anyone wanting a tough day out would love this. Abandon the roads for a day and get some of this. Date of review: June 5, 2005
In short: This was one of my favorite races 0f 2004and this year was just as good. Except the rumour is the course was 400 metres short!. If this is the case it is the ultimate sin of all organisers! Date of review: June 5, 2005
In short: absence of organisation at the start, but so many more marshalls around the course than i have ever seen anywhere. best t shirt ever. long drag uphill from about 2 - 3 miles - be prepared Date of review: June 4, 2005