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
In short: Great family fun run, an enjoyable day In full: I ran this today with my husband and our 6 year old son, so obviously it was a lot more about walking than running for us! A nice easy route with coned off roads, a piper and water station at half way and a couple of drum groups to keep up enthusiasm.
Everyone got a tshirt, medal and bag of fruit for no cost entry, which made for a great enjoyable family day. Would happily do it again next year. Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: Well Organised 10k In full: The start was a bit chaotic, but probably preferable to starting on the track. Only my second 10k so the hills might have seemed more steep on this one compared to my flat first. Consequently my time suffered at 55m but encouraged by the other reviewers Garmin who measured the course at 10.24k.
Well organised and very well marshaled. Only minor criticism would be to tell the lads carrying the bin bags for the water to give us more distance from the feed station to take liquid on board. Felt rushed. Otherwise, highly recommended to all. Well done.
In short: I found it a fast race, I knocked 3 full mins off my PB. No mile markers was a pain, lucky I had my satellite-tracking watch on. As a slower runner (I finished in 1hr 8 mins) battling past others to get to track was annoying. Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: Great atmosphere and the odd challenging hill In full: Having run Garburn and Coniston I thought I knew what to expect but this race surpassed them both, in atmosphere, friendliness, challenge and enjoyability ( is that a word?). I've already got my name down for next year. Well done Claire and Graham! Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: Well organised and worth the trip In full: I thought the whole event went very well, it was well marshelled and thier was even a water stop just after the 5km point. It was also good to have the km markers at everyu stage. Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: Distance markers and total distance did not agree with my Garmin ( I clocked 10.24 Km ).Good mix of up and down and a cheeky little hill about 6Km. Enjoyable overall. In full: Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: Early start had its pros and cons In full: Getting there for a 9:30 start required a change in my morning routine. However an early finish means getting back in time to have dinner before 2pm :0)
Starting on a road where the traffic was not stopped until a few second before the race started was unusual.
However the marshals, as usual, were helpful and friendly, organisation was good.
In short: Nice race, I should've been at FLM but have been injured this was much more fun.. In full: Good race, nice course, the hill just after 6k did for my target time tho, 9km marker a little out I think, but still happy with performance and everything else. Date of review: April 23, 2006
In short: Enjoyed it, nice race, nice people In full: Not done a 10km for a year so was bit nervous but it was fine, nice people and nice race, if few more hills than I am used to, but not vicious ones. Perhaps could do with a little better organisation at start, loud speaker maybe? Also postal results envelopes for 50p? Who carries a load of change when running? Maybe give option for this on entering race? Online etc? But overall I enjoyed it and organisation was fine and always felt safe. Will do it again. Date of review: April 23, 2006