In short: Fun! Fun! Fun! Well done Bitton Road Runners In full: 3rd time I've done this "race" now and I've been slower each year, but unless you are close to the front there is no way you can set a fast time (or if you by-pass the ditch) Great variety of terrain and wonderful views to admire whilst catching your breath. Don't take it too seriously and have a laugh - what else would you normally do on a Sunday?
In short: Mud, guts and glory! In full: Mud, guts and glory. Sloshier mud than last year, but lots more wet stuff to fall into. My washing machine sighs heavily when it sees my kit from the race... Date of review: November 14, 2005
In short: Quick course In full: Couple of hills, but they aren't very daunting and this is definitely a PB course. I come from the area originally, so can't comment on parking/signposting arrangement for out-of-towners, but from my point of view it was well organised. Plenty of cheeful marshalls and I always had ample running space apart from one very small stretch on a pavement. Will be back in 2006. Date of review: November 14, 2005
In short: Great atmosphere, lovely scenery and brilliant course! In full: This is now my favourite 10k. It was really well organised and marshalled and was a great mix of road and off-road running. I will definitely be back next year. Date of review: November 14, 2005
In short: Great fun and great challenge In full: My first Ballbuster and a great race. Just make sure you save something for the second run as you will really suffer if you havenn't. Also practice your hills - both up and down Date of review: November 14, 2005
In short: As a mud virgin I'd now say this is a must for everyones calander - just go out and enjoy the mud and atmosphere - brilliant !! In full: As a mud virgin this was a fantastic run, sunny, loads of mud, balance of hills & rivers was good. developed technique of slidding down hills on my bum -so much quicker than carefully checking your footing. Swimming and wadding sections were wet & cold but atmosphere was brill. There were loads of marshals so no going off in the wrong direction and all very encouraging. Wait to get into and through the ditch took 25mins and feet became ice blocks for a while. I did my first half marathon last month but this took me longer but was double the fun !! Date of review: November 14, 2005
In short: Great event. Massages form Gary & Sarah were a real bonus - good idea! In full: Very well sign posted. Marshalls did a great job encourageing everyone. Fantastic scenery combined with a lovely course which I really enjoyed. Found a great running partner and had a fast sprint finish -thanks No. 420! Date of review: November 14, 2005
In short: Very friendly race in some nice countryside In full: This was a very enjoyable 10 mile race over not-too-undulating country lanes. Organisation was fine and the marshalls were lovely. Most of my running pals came back with PBs...I obviously wasn't trying hard enough! Date of review: November 14, 2005
In short: GREAT SUNDAY MORNING RUN! In full: Didnt feel my best waking up with a headache but still managed a pb! lovely scenary only negative was the parking - my lovely clean car ended up caked in mud! Date of review: November 14, 2005
In short: Great marshalling made this a good race In full: I got there an hour early, as advised and parked in the Co-Op (like many other runners, which the shop were probably not too happy about). However, there were plenty of nearby streets to park on if you wanted to be more public spirited.
The race start and finish were a bit odd. The start was about 50yds down the street from the school entrance where the start banner actually was, and there didn't seem to be a clear finishing "line". Having said that, those were only very minor issues, and the race itself went through some nice bits of Yorkshire countryside (although I could probably have done without the coking plant in the first mile). Having read the forums on RW, I was aware that there was going to be a hill between 4 and 5 miles, but not ready for it lasting almost a mile! (well, maybe a slight exageration there). The gentler hill up to mile 6 was probably worse though - coming as close to the finish as it did, and it nearly did finish me!
The race itself was notable for very good marshalling (without the normal Police help, it should be noted), and their support - particularly in the last mile or so was encouraging when I was flagging. Top marks to the marshals! Date of review: November 14, 2005
In short: Gently undulating course, very well organised. In full: We had a fair turnout from our club and about half got PBs (not for me though). I was led to believe that the course would be pancake flat (which it isn't) - but that's no bad thing as flat can be tough as it's monotonous. The last three miles, however, are flat - and if you're struggling for pace (as I was) they're not much fun.
The field was probably the right size for the course, meaning that for those near the middle of the pack, there was sufficient room to run - if only some of the bigger (greedier?) event organisers would take heed? Actually having the space to run makes it all much more enjoyable!
Lovely countryside (though a surprising number of cars on the 'quiet' country lanes), with an impressive 4 water stations and good marshalling. As has been mentioned elsewhere - nice cakes at the end, warm showers and a race mug (a useful memento that will serve as a better reminder than a medal that disappears into a drawer!).
Thanks to the organisers - especially the PA who gave a mention to every finisher (I think!).
I'm sure we'll be back... and next time sub-90 will be mine...