In short: Very muddy and much fun, but bottlenecks hinder progress and PB! In full: They must remove the ditch section near the start next year. Over 1,000 runners funnelling into single file meant at least a 20 minute delay for most. Date of review: November 14, 2005
In short: Found it challenging, but a first 10k experience for me In full: The uphill bits were much harder than I expected, but then it was my first 10k and before today I'd only run 5 miles. There wasn't an obvious start and finish point and I wondered round a bit to find my t-shirt (which is great!) We got there early and did not have a problem with either parking or toilet facilities. The marshalls were fantastic and very encouraging, especially near the end where I was struggling a bit. PB for me as first time, not sure for others, maybe if you don't find the hills a problem. Will definately be trying this one again next year. Date of review: November 13, 2005
In short: Excellent race once again In full: 2nd year I've run this - and once again very friendly and well organised event. Nice scenic course. Also ran a PB time - 5 mins quicker than same race last year. Date of review: November 13, 2005
In short: A mix of incredible fun and moderate chaos In full: Most of us didn't know that the race had started and I felt that 10 minutes thigh deep in a ditch full of slurry watching hundreds take an unauthorized short cut wre the down sides. The glorious wather and the psychotic route planning more than made up for it once I had decided that this wasn't a race but an experience ! Date of review: November 13, 2005
In short: Fantastic 1st multi terrain In full: Was worried at the start (everyone looked fitter, better prepared and more confident than myself) however i need not have worried it was a great experience. The marshalls were friendly and encouraging. Will deffinately return for more of the same next year. Date of review: November 13, 2005
In short: A well orgainsed 10k catering for experienced and newer runners alike In full: I found no problem parking as I read the detailed advice sent out by the organisers before the race. Got there in good time and was shown where to go by the car park marshalls. Also toilets in 3 different buildings, so no problem there. Start was better than last year and all points were well marshalled.
Good humoured helpers at the end handing out t-shirts and drinks despite heavy weight of runners. It's not the London Marathon but if you go in the right spirit expecting a race with all the basics done professionally - accurate well-marshalled course, mile markers, finishing times, t-shirt, water and free online results then you won't be disappointed.
A nice local 10k which caters for a decent size field whilst maintaining a friendly atmosphere.
Well done Barnsley AC. Date of review: November 13, 2005
In short: Fantastic race through beautiful Suffolk In full: This is a race to mark down as a highlight of your running year. Lovely local event through pretty villages and countryside. A few hills thrown in to keep it interesting and the weather today made the event so much more enjoyable. Fantastic hi-vis fleece hat as a momento, great idea. One thing to mention though was that the parking was a bit of a nightmare but all in all a great race. I will be back next year Date of review: November 13, 2005
In short: Great course, great organisation ... and a PB too In full: Great course - very scenic with a couple of good hills in the first half. Very well organised. A must-do race. Date of review: November 13, 2005
In short: Toilets??! In full: Enjoyed the actual race itself - the scenery was nice and the route was good. Hills made it a bit of a challenge for a beginner! But don't expect spectators to enjoy the 1-lap course.
However, travelling from Liverpool and arriving with plenty of time to spare I would have expected to not have had a problem getting to a toilet! As it was I very nearly missed the start of the race and ended up starting right at the back. This was maybe made worse by the limited parking facilities - it took us ages to find a space!
One last thing - the water station just past 3 miles seemed unprepared for the number of runners passing through.
Overall, however, will definately do the race next year because the course is great! Date of review: November 13, 2005