In short: Well organised friendly race In full: This is the third time I've done this race. Nice friendly atmosphere & Lucozade sport drinks helped keep me going for the second lap. Will definitely do it again. There didn't seem to be so many marshalls along the road section this year. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Nice day out In full: This is a good race with a real big race feel. The crowds in the historic centre really make it. Delay at the start seems to happen every year and the bottlenecks in the castle at the end for people leaving are a pain, but short of not using the castle for the finish or blowing a hole in the wall, I do not see what they can do to change it. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Great atmosphere near the finish In full: This was my first Lincoln 10k and as a slow tortoise running near the back, I didn't encounter any of the problems the faster runners experienced. However, they'd run out of unused water bottles at 8kms (when I really needed it) so were picking up nearly full discarded ones to give us! Maybe more, smaller bottles next year? A few more marshalls to keep the spectators off the roads would be a welcome addition. I enjoyed the race, as the support from the crowd along the route was great, particularly near the finish. Ran a PB and raised loads for charity so I'm a happy bunny (make that tortoise.) Great for beginners, but the stewards at the start need to make sure they start near the back and keep out of the way of the fast runners. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Excellent FLM training run! In full: I never thought I'd say that i enjoyed a 20 mile race, but it was very scenic, well organised and plenty of water stations. massive thanks to those manning the watcer stations and the 2 lady marshalls just after 6 miles, who appeared again at the bottomof the hill at 18 miles - very encouraging and lovely!! would definately do again if marathon training... hills, yes, but there were some nice down hill ones too! Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: GREAT COURSE SHAME ABOUT THE WIND In full: Didn't mind the hill at 1.5m half as much as the horrid headwind for the last 5 miles. It cancelled all the benefits of going downhill. However Sandy is always an enjoyable race and I was not dispeased with my time of 77 minutes. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Expensive, Very windy, but well organised and Friendly In full: Very Small field for this… 4 there and back laps along the sea front with one short but very sharp hill which really tested the legs. The wind along the sea front was very strong. Heading West, at times I was pushing as hard as I could, but the scenery wasn’t moving. Then heading Back in the other direction I had the opposite problem. The race was well organised and the Marshals (although few of them) were friendly and supportive. For £20 I would have expected they could provide a Medal and something to eat at the end (A Mars Bar is only going to cost 30p!) however at least the T-Shirt was good quality. I’m not a fan of the lap thing, although that may just be me, as my gf preferred it to some of the courses we have done. If they made more use of the coast – perhaps a longer stretch on the out and back, and either dropped the price, or threw in a few more items to the goody bag, then I think this race will do well in the future. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Very well organised. Missed not having showers at the end for runners who travelled far. Water points were disappointing offering water only. One needs more encouragment over a 26-mile distance. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Really enjoyable and nice and flat In full: I liked this half marathon. It was nice and flat and I loved seeing the three wheelchair racers. I thought this was well organised and running through the country made a nice change. There was hardly any traffic, and when I did see cars, they had all stopped and waited for the runners to pass. Very well organised, they delayed the start by ten minutes to let everyone arrive. Nice and friendly marshals. I liked the fruit at the end too :o) Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Great race In full: Those big races with the big sponsers should look at races like this. With the exception of not hearing the start this race was perfect - can't fault it. Nice mug at the end and £6 is excellent value for money as well. Many thanks to all the marshalls who braved the elements and still kept smiling. I got a PB too. well chuffed Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Good, although the organisation could have been better. In full: It was the first time I had done this. As a beginner, it was a shame that the odd one or two 'elitists' had to shout so agressively and cut people up! Also, as previous people have mentioned, the start was very slow, as was the finish - especially in handing in the barcode strips. I didn't even bother with the goodie bags! Would do it again though, as I live in the area and there was a good atmosphere. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Could have done better here, for sure In full: (shouldn't that say Asics on your link?) I had a good run. I feel good today.
It strikes me that this event had as its goal to make money. Given it said teeshirt as memento I expected one. There were enough sponsors listed on the race literature to suggest that enough cash was there to give away a cheap tee. NOT TO OFFER ONE FOR SALE!!!
Anyhow, it is true that half of this race was dead nice, along the river. It was a good atmosphere. But there were too many folks on too narrow a track for too long. Maybe the start needed staggering more?
Would it not have been a good idea for the marshalls to at least mention to impatient mountain bike riders or runners in the opposite direction that it might be dangerous/annoying for both runner and rider if they insisted upon crawling among us all on the track... maybe better to wait a bit...
Also the chap whose young lads joined him for a bit, then one of them fell into the road... that could have got a bit messy couldn't it?
It did seem a bit like an obstacle course at some stages!
Some other races organised by clubs and volunteers seem to beg borrow and (hopefully not) steal their way towards impressive goody bags at the end of races - it's not the incentive but it's definitely very good to get one - and with the "impressive" list of sponsors for this race, I think it was the minimum one could have expected. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: 8.2 start poor very slow for first mile due to numbers , path by river was nice but to narrow for numbers at times , finish was also poor waited to long to collect materials and then ended up in an area which was difficult to get out of to go home Date of review: April 3, 2006