In short: Hot , hilly and satisfying In full: The most pleasantly laid back race organisation I've ever come across.
Great Marshalling and scenery.
Not sure of the reasoning behind distributing horsebrasses from other parts of the country. I ended up with a horsebrass from Ellesmere Port - which I'm told is near Liverpool. I suppose the ribbon would have looked silly on it's own and it looks quite impressive from a distance. Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Flat and sunny In full: Flat as a pancake route around the airfield at Worminghall. Felt like we were out in the sticks, but only a 10 min drive from Oxford. Not the most exciting route, but definitely good for a fast time (unless you are me and don't like the heat!). A nice race with a good mix of speed demons and mere mortals like myself. Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Great first Race In full: As my first ever race I felt that it was a good one to start with. Weather was VERY hot but there was loads of free water. I liked being able ot start in waves as I was able ot be with people who were jogging all the way without feeling like I was holding up serious runners (I believe this was a problem last year). Loved every minute and what a great goody bag! Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Brutal, but great In full: This is a brutal race. It took me 1 hour longer than my previous best. I have never had more painful legs. The effort it took to simply walk up the hills on the second lap was immense. I have never had so much cramp. But do not let this put you off. This is a fantastic race - the antithesis of FLM, and is wonderfully organised by the inimitable Rod erry. DO IT. Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Very hot in 2005. Scenic course although some of the marshalls could have been a little more encouraging, particularly given the heat. Hoping for a cooler day in 2006! Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: What a way to start my vacation in Wales In full: Looking for a fast 10k, I finish up finding a course with a 100meter climb up a hill to halfway, and then back down, so if you want a PB you can forget about this course.
Still very well organised, accurate kilometer markings on the road. Two water stations in just the right place, and a wonderful friendly atmosphere.
By the time you have finished, you can be certain you will have pretty much tested your body to its limits.
I'm even thinking of going back to Wales for a holiday next year I enjoyed it so much. Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Fantastic run, great scenery, far too hot for it yesterday though, wilted in the heat! In full: Much preferred the start at New Dungeon, allowed for a great warm-up before the hill leading up to the YHA and also meant there wasn't a long, hard slog back along the flat at the end. Fantastic but tough half - thanks for all who organised! Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Very hot this year, but the route through the city centre and the 3 parks is great. In full: This was my second time at the GSR, and after last years heat it was a bit daunting to find it was going to be hotter. Much hotter. 28C on a September day in Glasgow!!!
I lined up in the first group of starters. I think next time I'll start at the front of the second group instead, as I found the first mile very busy and therefore slow.
Once onto Paisley Road West there was more room to run, and I was able to pick my pace up a bit. The first water station couldn't come fast enough in the heat, and I chose to pour some water on my head to help cool down.
This helped a great deal, and I was able to enjoy the rest of the run. The route through the parks makes for a great run with lovely scenery.
Even the last section through the suburbs on the south side is good as the residents line the streets giving out water, oranges, jelly babies, and even spraying garden hoses onto the hot runners on the way past. Most welcome :)
The atmosphere over the last mile is amazing, with plenty of cheering from the crowds, and stands full of people cheering line the finishing straight.
The whole race is superbly organised and sets an example for other events hoping to lure large numbers of entrants. Almost 20,000 runners this year, and bound to increase again next year for the 10th anniversary. Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Well organised and scenic race but the heat made it a real challenge. In full: Loved the route along the coast but wasn't prepared for the undulatimg first half, and the heat which made the wheels come off in the last third of the race. The marshalls were really encouraging, there were plenty of water stops (really needed) and there was a good friendly spirit amongst the runners. Enjoyed the tourist dodging, and getting odd looks from people questioning my sanity in running in such heat (I was questioning myself towards the end). Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Well organised, flat 10k In full: good 10k, very flat so PB's are possible. organised well just a bit out of the way. for spectators refreshments supplied and good prices. not much else around but for running a good 10k Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Great day out, nice flat route through parks and town centre but hot as h*ll in 2005 In full: Enjoyed this race hugely despite the heat. Had to forget any hope of a fast time quite early on but then had a very enjoyable run. Fantastic atmosphere and crowd support. Thanks especially to the bands, pipers and local Sikh communities who helped the runners along. The medics were busy too, not surprisingly given the conditions. Organisation was superb, and nice T shirt. Would do it again - on a cooler day! Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: An enjoyable race and much improved from last year. A definate for next year (maybe even the full!). In full: The event was well orgnised and the only problems were the heat and my lack of preparation due to knocking running on the head for seven weeks whilst I spent time with my new son. The lack of training and sleepless nights caught up with me at the nine mile mark and I was out on my feet for the last 4.1 miles. Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Hot and hilly In full: This was not the prettiest course and was definitely a little on the hot side, 24c by the end and no chance of chasing shadows along the course, but the support ALL THE WAY AROUND more than made up for it! I will definitely be returning to hear the cries of 'c'mon me babi, yow can do it'. Fantastic! Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Enjoyable, solid race, if a little undulating. Grerat improvement on last year In full: Ok, so this race got a lot of stick last year, but as far as I'm concerned that was the best thing that could have happened, as this year it was quite the opposite. ON a hot day (and it was hot again,) there were many more water stations than indicated initially on the map, and there was plenty of water at each stop. The course is a LITTLE undulating, but nothing to cause too much concern. The number of marashalls this year as opposed to last year was very impressive, and the people of wolverhampton are great at supporting the runners. Not the race of a lifetime, but still a great improvement on last year, and a very enjoyable run. Just make sure the organisation is there again next year! Date of review: September 5, 2005