In short: After the lack of adequate toilet facilities, the congested start with many slow runners at the front the race was demanding but enjoyable In full: The start of the race was particularly difficult. With no estimated finishing time zones, runners were left to put themselves where they wanted. There were lots of slow runners at the front,probably because they were stuggling to get to the start after queueing at the toilets! The first part of the course was narrow, thus adding to the problems. At the end, some runners were unable to get a tee shirt. My friend was a slow runner and it was a great pity to see that she received absolutely nothing for her efforts. Having said all that, everyone was very friendly and helpful. I would certainly run the event again but would turn up very early to avoid the chaotic parking situation. Thanks to all the helpful people who manned the water stations and marshalled so well in the poor weather conditions. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Great course - probably spectacular in the dry! The main issue letting it down for me was lack of traffic management. Suggest sign-posted race parking on arrival and traffic marshalling on departure - it took me 45 minutes to get out of Worksop! Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Well I enjoyed it! In full: Normally a multiple lap race would be very depressing but this was a nice course. Even if possibly 250m short, I got 49.25 which would still be under 50 mins for the whole distance and so a new pb. Weather stayed OK. Toilets were farcical (luckily for men many trees). Would have liked distance markers. Lovely and local. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: I thought this was supposed to be a fun run! In full: I'm the opposite and as one of the "slower runners" who was doing this for charity having only ever run 5km races before (We run 5k now virtually every day) and this being my first 10km attempt ever I was distinctly put off by the unwelcoming atmosphere where most people seemed to be professionals or certainly not beginners - probably I expect either members of athletics clubs or people training for the marathon.
there wasn't the fun atmosphere you usually get at fun runs with people just having a laugh and trying their best at all. usually you get the people in fancy dress and the grannies havina go but this race made you feel like a real outsider for running your first 10k for charity. people were looking at you like why are you even bothering if you're not gonna win.
And on bumping into slower runners it annoyed me that while we were running up hill (always harder than flat) the fast runners ran down both sides of the path so you had no where to go to get out of their way and they ran as a pair across the path which meant you couldn't get past.
We've only run that distance outside 2, maybe 3 times, in city streets where you stop for traffic lights (Paris, Winchester)and otherwise only on a treadmill so the course being hilly and muddy was totally unexpected. i couldn't even pick up my speed downhill as i was too scared to run fast as I thought I was going to fall over. Where it said Wimbledon Common I thought it'd be like the 5ks I've run at showgrounds or Hyde Park - just flat - mix of pavement and grass.
We're definitely registering for some more 10kms and won't let this race or its atmosphere put us off as anything has got to be easier than that course in terms of the ridiculous terrain and hard gradients!
We still felt we did well for our first attempt esp as I have just got out of hospital after an acute episode of atmosphere but there was no atmosphere of well done for trying for charity.
Plus the goodie bag was awful! Maybe it's because it wasn't a women's race but I've done the Flora 5k twice and a Cancer Research one and you usually get a goodie bag filled to the brim with health and beauty products (for the same price as this) not just a glasses case you don't need, a bug you don't want and a pen and water bottle that you've already got.
Not a good choice for a first 10km when you want to run with other beginners. And we only chose this one cos we didn't register in time for the Nike 10km! Shall do that next time as have a feeling there will be more people who are just doing it for charity and to push themselves beyond their usual 5km. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Absolutely Fabulous!!! In full: Had an absolute ball - 8 of us stayed together for the whole day! Really enjoyable if a very tough race! PB for photos though - 209 this year - doesn't matter about the time.
Can't wait till 2006 Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Friendly informal feel. Nice autumn weather helped. In full: A very enjoyable race on a fine autumn Sunday morning. Organisation was good, although I found it hard to judge my pacing without kilometre markers. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Great race, great organisation, not enough loos! In full: This was my first half marathon and I'm so pleased I did it. Beautiful countryside and a rolling course with not too many hills. 10 out of 10 for the organisation. Only two niggles. 1. Only 10 portaloos for 1,500 - a 15 minute wait meant no warm up. Also, people not taking their proper place at the start meant that I got caught behind 'slow moving traffic' and was 2 minutes down after 2 miles.
But aside from that I'll definitely be back next year.
In short: A true off-road marathon with enough hills to sort out the men from the boys In full: My first Beachy Head this year, but definitely not my last year. Need to come back faster and stronger next year. This is a race that challenges the runner, and there is plenty of reward for efforts made to live up to the challenge. Loved the quirky start, the piper, the glorious views, and the feeling of satisfaction afterwards. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Very enjoyable despite the rain. Glad I held a little bit back for the gentle incline around 11 mile mark. Nice route. BIG THANKS to all the organisers and marshalls. Looking forward to next year already Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: OUT OF THIS WORLD In full: This was my third marathon in 3months and I can't decide if i enjoyed this or london more. The weather was horrid but the course and viewsn made up for that. The friendly runners, supporters and locals made it a dream. I managed 3:36 so I'm well pleased. Many thanks to all involved. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: More Toilets (or bushes!) - Get rid of the corner 20 yards afte rthe start! - Last year spent more time in Clumber park, long road at start was a bit dull In full: There must be a way to move the corner and therefore allow for a more speedy start. Dont understand the difference between Chip time and "Official time" some cases this was 60 + seconds appart.... BUT IT IS A FINE EVENT! Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: The worst organised race I've ever run In full: At most this was 9.5k, which is pretty disappointing. Why couldn't they have just extended the finish further round the field? The worst part of the race was the fact that turning back on yourself on the loop meant you were running straight into slower runners. I was faced with a wall of slower runners at one point and couldn't help but accidently run straight into one poor lady. It was just plain dangerous. When I put these points to the race organiser at the end all he could say was 'well it was just a fun run'. Not good enough for a race that cots £10 to enter I'm afraid! Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Well-run by friendly marshals who remained uplifting for us runners despite the pouring rain! Personalised t-shirt was a very nice touch; agree with other runners that the main improvement will be getting additional toilet facilities for such a run. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Excellent if you like a challenge! In full: Having not run that far...ever I really struggled with the hills and the wind. Some of the views helped take my mind off the pain for a while, but over all I found this the hardest race I have ever done to date. Could be good as a marker of fitness for next year though...or I may wimp out and go for the shorter race. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: I loved every minute In full: Fantastic race - the hills give you a bit of guilt-free walking time and the scenery takes your mind off things. Brilliantly organised and more in line with walking events in the way that you get lots of food on the way round! I'm definitely coming back next year!! Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Good value race on a picturesque course. In full: Well orgainsed race and although there weren't many marshalls it was cleary marked out. A bit of a struggle to go so close to the end and still have another 1/2 mile or so to go. Nice large medal.
In short: Scenic and well-organised. A great addition to the local race scene In full: Very well organised in the 10.9 although there was a problem in the shorter race apparently. Small numbers due to first race. This is a very scenic race on the outskirts of Luton and all off-road (apart from 500M down a very quiet country lane cul-de sac.
Only two suggestions for improvement. Advertise it a bit more Get the council to open the gate near the end (must haev keys in the sports centre. It is slippery to climb over the round metal bars with muddy shoes and the person behind me ended up flat on the floor. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: OK overall though the start needs better organisation In full: Weather good for running, bad for spectators (thanks to those who turned out). Course hillier than I'd expected and first 4 miles on road a bit of a drag. I was stuck in toilet queues so joined start at the very, very back. The first couple of miles were too narrow for the number of runners and I was well behind target pace by the time I could run freely. PB potential good if you start at the front, no chance if you start at the back. Date of review: October 31, 2005