In short: My first race, and enjoyed it enormously. Seemed well organised In full: Nothing to compare to but enjoyed my first race. The organisation seemed great and the encouraging marshalls were appreciated by a newbie like myself. Was hillier than I expected so was a bit of a challenge for me as well. Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: Good day, despite rain In full: Well, Elvis passed me at 6 miles and superman at 12, although he walked later so I passed him - did think that if Superman is walking what hope for the rest of us. As ever a HUGE thank you to the organisers and the support. The only place where it wasn't was in the 2 underpasses. A great day and am looking forward to next year. Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: Good race - quite hilly but not as hard as I'd been led to believe. Good mix of abilities, good facilities and friendly people. Scenery wasn't all that, but it wasn't horrible. Good organisation, marshalling, car parks etc Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: superb race In full: weather was perfect (forgot my shades!it wasnt looking good when i left the house) pb by 8 mins! marshalls were very helpful and encouraging, organisation spot on ... Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: The start was a little disorganised but overall a good race In full: There was a good friendly feel to this race, all standards were made welcome. I ran with my brother who did a pb, well done !! to him. The organisation was good and the track finish was a bonus. It was not flat by any means but a nice touch was the marshal at the top of the biggest hill at around 6k saying well done !! makes a difference to us towards the back of the field. Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: Excellent but challenging course In full: Excellent race thoroughlly enjoyed the course as mentioned in other reviews pity there is no medal very friendly and well organised apart from that would definetely do it again Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: better start than last year, weather was nice too In full: last years start was a bit of a shambles, so nice to see the change,I always run better when the markings are a little more spaced out rather than every K, but other than that, lovely weather and a good run with variety of flat and hilly areas. will definately do again next year Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: Very well organised 10km and a bit course. In full: This years start was much better than the start last year, and the organiser did a excellent job in every department...although the distance was over 10km.
In short: London does it again - the perfect race! In full: Well, what a day! Hope you all had a great time - perfect weather - you can't blame that!
I hooked up with the 7mm pacer on the Blue start - Dave - who was a little nervous I think as his pb was 2:56 and as he was going for a 2:58 that didn't leave him with much margin for error. Anyway - lost him because he kept dropping his sign, but nevermind. Saw the red start 7mm pacer at 6 miles, but let him go as he was going 10 seconds a mile too fast and I knew I couldn't keep up.
Once again the organisation was just perfect - I don't use that word often, but there's just no other way to describe it.
The things that I will remember the most: - Crowds - there seemed to be as many people as last year - this is really surprising given the drizzle, but Londoners and other supporters really make this race. - The staff behind the finish line applauding as we walked through. They all had smiles, and all said "well done". This is a REALLY nice touch and brought a lump to my throat. - Seeing my Mum at 23 miles. Almost as good as seeing the wife and kids at 25 miles last year, and a real uplift. - Oh, and getting inside my 3:15 target by 3 minutes - priceless (and a pb!!)
Thanks Bedford - a cracker! Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: Nice enough course, see what people meant about the t-shirt ! In full: No, seriously, t-shirts and medals are a bonus at this level, I know organisers spend enough on marshelling and policing. Well supported and marshalled, although I agree the start could have done with a touch more control. Nice mix of ups and a couple of nice downs, and after 6k I knew where I was, so knew what was coming ! Great to finish on the track, although I though we turned straight on to it at the top of the hill, last 400 metre loop wasn't factored in ! Not a perfect PB course, but would definately do it again assuming it doesn't clash with London next year. Oh, and where was Amir ?....I thought he'd have turned out for his local run if he can travel all the way to Wilmslow !! Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: Mini version of the Ridgeway race, but with sandwiches..... In full: Very well organised this year, so credit to the race organisers. Great route with exciting hills!!!! Well marshalled too, which is good to see at a small race. Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: great first KM to get organised. The roads are open but the Marshals all do a great job of keeping it flowing. Enjoyed it!! In full: The run was great fun. The sun started to come out for us, not sure how the organisers sorted that one but thanks ;) The course was quite challenging with some hills that were slightly longer that I had remembered but that was good as quite a few people eased off on the hills. The marshals were all very helpful and encouraging, thanks to you all. The traffic was managed really well and so it didn't ever factor into our race. Thanks Gareth Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: Good race, perfect weather conditions, challenging hills! In full: 2nd year I've run this race and the hills don't get any easier! More people than last year and better organisation, not that it was bad last year. Gel and Lucozade was a good addition this year. Over 6 mins quicker than last year tho' a real challenging course for a pb. Would definitely run this one again! Date of review: April 23, 2006