In short: A really dull course but a well-organised and friendly race. In full: The 11am start in 30 degrees of heat didn't help, but there was still a good crowd of runners at the start. Unfortunately the two-loop route is dull, run mostly on roads through the more industrial part of the town, and although flat, there are lots of twists and turns which limit the PB potential.
There is also very little shade on the course, so big thanks to the friendly local who turned his garden hose on the suffering runners! As it was my first 10M race it was a PB, but the heat affected my performance and I know I could do a lot better in less adverse circumstances. Overall, I might do it again as it's near to home and easy to get to. Date of review: November 30, 2005
In short: Great organisation and a potential PB course. In full: The race starts and finishes from Standalone Farm, which made getting out at the end a little difficult. The course isn't traffic-free, which meant some single-file running in places, but it was well-marshalled with drivers mostly quite patient.
The race is mostly on country roads and apart from an uphill start and some undulations between 7K and 9K, was relatively flat. Overall runners were friendly and the farm has lots of 'petting' animals for children so it's good if you're accompanied by family. Date of review: November 30, 2005
In short: Fast, flat always a PB In full: Using timing chips is great but having to sit down and unlace shoes as you cross the finish was a nightmare. Could also do with pace markers at start - I spent the whole race weaving round people. I will always go back to this race however - it being flat and fast and good for a PB. Just hope it keeps it's character. Date of review: November 29, 2005
In short: Great atmosphere, nice location and good mince pies. In full: Good fun thanks to festive spirit and fancy dress of fellow competitors. Would have been better not to have bottleneck so close to start but other than that a great course, enjoyed the challenge of the hill near the end. Mince pie was perfect end to a good race. Date of review: November 29, 2005
In short: Lovely scenery, fast as you can! but a bit of an organisational let down. In full: I had high expectations of this race, seeing as it was sponsored by Reebok, but was pretty disappointed. Not enough water stops, none at all at the end, when I was desperate, the Marshalls weren't very chatty at all, and I had no idea how much further to the end as I didn't see any Mile markers. I would do it again, because Brighton is such a lovely place, but the race itself, was a bit of a let down after travelling for two hours to get there. Date of review: November 29, 2005
In short: You know what you get with this one. In full: Good atmosphere on a chilly Yorkshire Sunday. Only gripe was with the post race arrngements in getting medal and water. Different set-up to finish which was frankly chaotic. Date of review: November 29, 2005
In short: Enjoyable 10K race with a killer hill at the end In full: I really enjoyed this 10K, the atmosphere at the start/finish was really nice. Brass band playing xmas carols was a nice touch and really helped get in the xmas mood. Mince pies (I admit, I did have more than one or two) and mulled wine at the end were very welcome! A bit demotivating to be overtaken by "Mr. Sumo" after just a few mins :-) The hill at the end was hard going (I had to walk) and I think probably put pay to any ideas of a PB. My only suggestion for improvment would be to have proper kilometer markers up. I had no idea of my pace, I only saw one sign "4 KM to go" plus the drinks station was at 5K ... I think. So I found it very hard to pace myself round properly.
Any grumbles about the cold were swiftly forgotten when you think about the conditions the lifeboat volunteers have to put up with when they are out on a call. I hope the forestry commision considers donating some of the "windfall" they received in parking revenues (£4 on average per car - very steep) to the RNLI. Date of review: November 29, 2005
In short: Good as my first 10k, startline crammed so couldn't make way to back to get out of faster runners way ....only 4 people dressed up ...it is a charity run after all! In full: Well for a start it was near on impossible for us to squeeze back any further than the 50min mark due to how tight everyone was crammed in!, this led to more competent runners getting narked even though we moved to the side to get out of their way & even started quicker than we should so not to cause any congestion!.
Reading other reviews it sounds like people are blaming beginners rather than the organisers, it's all very well saying that the guy on the tannoy was saying make sure you at the correct starting place but when you can't move through the people to get to that spot what are you meant to do????
All in all I enjoyed the run, very easy going for a beginner, I ran it in 67mins with full fancy dress costume & me and my fellow runners raised £350 for Cystic Fibrosis, so now I have the bit between my teeth, the ciggies are going to stop and I'm going to start training more seriously so can get fit, loose weight & get my fat body under that 60 mins :)
So bring on my next 10k in the new year :) Date of review: November 29, 2005
In short: Not as beginner-friendly as expected, but a good course. In full: As a beginner (this was my first race), I enjoyed this course. The flatness, city centre accessibility etc. makes it ideal for us. In response to some of those who have complained about us stupid beginners clogging up the route, I think you should look to the organisation and the narrowness of the street where we started. No "pens" were visible from where I was standing and so, despite the warnings over the tannoy, I had to guesstimate how far back to stand and just keep moving backwards in the hope that I was in the right place(and then disconcertingly found myself overtaking people for the first couple of Ks, which were very crowded).
As someone else has commented I have no idea whether to subtract 2, 4 or 5 mins from my time as it took ages to start.
Traffic starting up at around the 6-7k mark was also disconcerting. I had taken my own water, luckily, but was surprised not to see any en route.
Lots of cheering from stewards and onlookers was nice though and the warm up at that early, chilly hour helped. Date of review: November 29, 2005
In short: A great and very well organised race. At the end the runners were rewarded with free tea and coffee and a huge selection of delicious home made cakes - a nice surprise! Mostly flat course, ideal for a PB (I improved by 7 minutes!) Date of review: November 29, 2005
In short: Well organised, good atmosphere, first 5.6Km uphill! In full: First 5.6Km uphill according to my Forerunner - a challenge at the beginning and quite hard work! Roads very wet - more like rivers in places as a result of the severe weather that morning! Still enjoyed it and the medal at the end was a nice surprise. Well orgnised. Will be there again next year I hope. Date of review: November 28, 2005
In short: A good event that is spoilt a bit In full: Some people have been a bit harsh about slower runners at the front, but it really is a serious problem. The start is like the Great North but a bit worse as a lot of people are going off quicker. It is clear that many people utterly ignore the pen timings, and many 60min+ runners are in the sub 32 pen which is just stupid. It causes utter chaos and near collisions all over the place. It also adds a lot of time to hundreds of other runners. Date of review: November 28, 2005