In short: Only my second 10k and a great experience. Definately doing next years' In full: The keen wind on the outward leg made you feel like you were flying! Very different on the way back though. Date of review: April 7, 2006
In short: Good tough prep for London In full: Very well organised, excellent marshalls (thank you!), well signposted, well spaced and well manned water stations (thanks again!). Course very undulating, made tougher by the strong wind, but pleasant villages and scenery with little traffic to take your mind off the hills. The last mile is torture, winding through a housing estate and school playing field. Car park seemed like miles away, especially the walk back uphill from HQ after the race. Nice polo shirt as a memento. Main gripe is the freezing cold showers in the men's changing room (same as last year, I see from the feedback) but being a school this should be easily fixed! Overall a nice event but I probably wouldn't make the 200 mile round trip again. Date of review: April 6, 2006
In short: a good warm up for London In full: Generally good organisation, clocks with each mile marker was a bonus and helped judge pace. Decent goody bag and medal at finish and the course was not easy with the hill at 8 miles but not too hard either. Shame about the road and pavement surfaces around Sefton Park which incidentally is the bussiest running location in the city, although this is more due to the council than the organisers. Lots of crowd support was good to see but more support from running/sport retailers might have been nice in the tents, full marks to adidas though. Overall a nice, fun friendly event, one I would like to repeat. Date of review: April 6, 2006
In short: First Race - Loads of fun but exhausted at the end!!!! In full: The only problem was the long wait (roughly 20 mins) to reclaim our clothes bags in which time it was easy to get very cold as you weren't provided with a way of keeping warm. But overall a throughly enjoyable day. Date of review: April 6, 2006
In short: first 10k. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Except for Gordon steps In full: Great race. The wind was challenging but had a great time. Didn't know what to expect and would definately do it again. Date of review: April 6, 2006
In short: It is a must, if you have the chance. There are usually some high profile runners there. In full: Always very well organised, well marshalled by people who give up their lunch break and who offer encouragement too. Has possibilities of being a speedy race. Date of review: April 6, 2006
In short: Bad weather made the off-road section difficult In full: The decision to move the start seemed strange as the mud further up the course was a lot worse than anything near the start? Overall a good effort by Sleaford Striders - long may the race continue. Date of review: April 6, 2006
In short: Flat, fast course. Great marshalls In full: Apart from the already mentioned problems at the start - vehicles trying to get through and bottlenecks this was a very good race. Shame about the weather. Date of review: April 6, 2006
In short: Very well organised race In full: Enjoyed this race and finished 22 minutes quicker than last year! Very well marshalled, fantastic goody bag and a choice of colours for the sweatshirt - what more could you want. Date of review: April 6, 2006
In short: Average race, not best organised, but good prep for FLM In full: I had done the Running Festival race over the same course with approx 400 people doing the longer race, and what i remembered was a lot nicer than i experienced here. Thought there were a few organisational problems. Like a few people have mentioned, parking is free on a Sunday till 11am, and all the 8 milers and also some of the 16milers could have managed this rather than paying 3 pounds at the eden centre, or more elsewhere. The route seemed a lot more crowded,and not sure the different starts really worked, as had to pass loads of slower 8 milers on the 1st lap, and also the faster women would ahve been hampered a lot by the slower men (i ran with my girlfriend so experienced it) Had to keep resorting to stepping into the road. Seems a bit unfair for the women who are quicker. Not sure if the start is too small for everyone to start together, but at least people would then settle into their pace and place within a mile or so,rather than being hampered by the majority. The only scenic and nice bits seemed to be the towpath, and the rest quite narrow and hard to pass on. Not many toilets as far as i could see, and also see a lack of organisation at the end. A goodybag, with just a couple of leaflets (would have been better with nothing). Also the drinks at the end seemed chaotic, and saw quite a few people carrying boxes or lucozade away without being stopped, with still lots of slower runners coming in after (so wondered if they would run short by the end?).
Good points are, it is flat, local (to me), Nice distance at that stage before London marathon. And it starts early which means you have the rest of the day left.
I would do it again,only as local and its good for training, but i thought it was expensive for what it was, and did enjoy the October version (which was less packed) a lot more. Not sure the course can really cope with that amount of numbers
A lot to be improved on! Date of review: April 6, 2006