In short: Great atmosphere. Mad Stad finish feels a bit special In full: Never wnat to look the Basingstoke Road in the face again. The last long drag sapped the spirits. My really big gripe though was the awful provision of loos at the start. Girls improvised behind the brambles and the men peeing into the stream was an imporessive sight! Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Nice rural race. Well organised In full: My GPS measured 13.24 so was slightly longer. Really enjoyed it and hope to do it again next year. So nice to do a half after the 20 milers! Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Great area, great race In full: The area is absolutely fantastic. I love the Vale. It's great to be reminded that such a tranquil and rural place exists so close to the big towns and cities.
I cut nearly a minute off my PB, which was good going since yesterday I was helping with a Duke of Edinburgh's Award training hike carrying a 15kg rucksack! There were a couple of small undulations that hamper your PB potential if you're not used to hill work, though.
The route itself was quite quiet. There were few supporters on the way round - only a couple of farmers and locals and the sound of footsteps for company, but this wasn't a bad thing. It all added to the peaceful surroundings. The crowd support at the finish was terrific.
The route was well-signed and marshalled. My only gripes were that I didn't receive much information in advance about the race. I entered quite late (only a week ago) and only received my race number. I think a couple of sheets about the race and facilities would be helpful, particularly for beginners who don't know what to expect from a race. Also, they'd run out of vests (except small) at the finish, and I finished reasonably early at 46mins. Not to worry though, I'll just have to lose some of the beer gut!
The race represents good value for money with a stunning race HQ for you to unwind in afterwards.
There were lots of non-club runners there and students from the college, which I think makes this a good race for beginners. As I've said before though, some information mailed out with the race number would be helpful.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable day and is on my list for next year. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: a brilliant run with a friendly and warm atmosphere. will be back next year. In full: i have had a wonderful morning. a few more hills than i thought but a fun challenging run. Very friendly and a good fun run for the children. i will be back next year. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: am very happy to get a PB in my first race since injury In full: a really good race to do for any ability. Fairly flat with just a few inclines. Nice touch to have distance markers at every half mile. Apparently nice scenery but didnt take much notice of it!!! a few downsides 1. My gps said it was 13.2 miles!!!! 2. toilet Qs were massive, I wouldnt mind paying an extra 50p towards more portaloos 3. Only large T shirts, far too big for anyone other than massive people 4. the wondy bit on the grass at the end was akward and since my gps said it was 13.2, could have been cut out. having said that, really enjoyed it and the niggles are just me being picky Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: More hills than I had initially thought! In full: Worth the trip from London. I enjoyed this race. Feiendly marshalls/spectators all encouraging everyone and keeping the cars at bay! Hillier than expected but got a decent time anyway! Well organised and no hitches. Thanks to all those involved and see you next time - (like my medal too!) Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Very well organised, challenging run, and great value. In full: This is a well run race over some nice undulating roads. Enjoyed the route through the countryside, well marshalled, especially they guy at 5k with the sign in his hands, very motivational support. Good selection of goodies at the end, drink banana and jordans bar along with the medal made the race very good value. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Lovely race, we really enjoyed it and achieved PBs. The rain was nice and we had plenty of encouragement from spectators and stewards. Looking forward to next year. Enjoyed the undulating course, well marshalled. The stadium finish was great. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Excellent cause to run for, but very average town race In full: First timers need to reccy the parking etc before the day, but there was plenty of spaces. Loos a problem. Nice warm up jog to the start. Race well marshalled - only snag was that some bufoons on a cycle thingy ran us off the road! Boring route. Can't have everything!!! Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Not for me In full: It's nothing to do with how the race is organised;it's simply that the surface of the towpath is gravel,and I really dislike running on gravel. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Great value race for a very good cause (Wakefield Hospice) In full: Miserable weather but a good race overall. Love the finish on the running track (good opportunity for a sprint finish!). I only spotted 2 of the mile markers so had no idea about my pace but managed a pb so very happy! Date of review: April 9, 2006