In short: better than most In full: Only a few minor irrations prevented this from being a 100% race for myself. The parking in the school grounds should really have been free, why should you pay when it's in the organiser's interests not for runners to "clog" the surrounding residental area!
Getting from the school to the race start took people the long way round a council estate & for some-one whose never been to Lincoln was a little worrying, better guidance next time please.
Took 3ks to get into my stride for this race probably due to sheer numbers of people running this race, think the idea of having to prove that your "elite" will be a good thing & allow a 2 minute margin for those who beleive they have improved.
Water, smaller bottles BUT still with the "sport" tops so you can "sip" the water, as most people will tell you they took two sips then threw a almost full bottle away, myself included, plus a large bottle is hard to run with.
Lastly directions are needed BACK to the car park, i,d never been to Lincoln & was very lucky to get back to the car park in reasonable time.
To re-iterate only minor irratations on the whole i thought a very well organised race, no problems with race pack, even got call to confirm receipt. excellant support from crowds, great views, plenty of water (in bottles) great finish, friendly atmosphere. will do again & recommend to others. Stuart lynn, age 28, Darlington Quakers running club, finishing time 37.52 pb.
In short: Very friendly field, but a pretty dull trudge that deserves its 'boring Goring' monicker In full: The organisation is fine and it has a lot of value as a pre-spring marathon training run. The route is pretty boring, only glimpses of what a steel-grey sea were anything close to picturesque. The route starts mostly on the road, then as the four laps tick past most competitors take to the pavement in order to avoid the traffic and stay out of the gutter. This is pretty harsh on the shins and I saw a couple of people take heavy falls on loose paving slabs. Overall its OK, but I wouldn't do it if I didn't have to as part of a marathon training plan. Date of review: April 5, 2006
In short: Fantastic organisation and marshalls despite conditions In full: Thank you very much, the enthusiasm of the marshalls was great. Hope to see you next year if fit again Date of review: April 5, 2006
In short: Well organised and lovely course In full: I liked the Black Dog 1/2 towel, much more useful than a medal. And I immediately used it in the showers that were available in the Clubhouse (Paul Botha pls note). 1/2 marathon PB for me. Date of review: April 5, 2006
In short: Tough but worth it In full: I used to live in Kenilworth, so maybe I'm biased, but I like this race. A friend of mine competed it with me in 2001, who had run a 3:15 London Marathon and described it as "the hardest race he had ever run" - I think he was exagerating a bit, but he has steadfastly refused to run it since - I on the other hand am going back again this year and am determined to crack 40 minutes on it... Date of review: April 5, 2006
In short: back to nature In full: A great race, if somewhat challenging. We had heard it was so good we entered as walkers (and sort of ran - as did others) as the race was full months ago, and we weren't disappointed. Date of review: April 5, 2006