In short: Well marshalled and organised race In full: Lovely race with friendly marshalls, frequent drink stops and well defined mile markers. Not the flatest of courses but worth the trip. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: A very very very good FLM warm up, thank's organisers and marshalls In full: No problems at all with this race having used it last year as the last long one before FLM. Only gripe was with the car park. I had to park in the housing estate round the back and walk through to the School. No major problem but the School car park was empty!!!!! Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: I love the 'big' feel of this race and great atmosphere. Excellent PB potential into the bargain In full: OK, so some of the organisation wasn't perfect and getting out of the car park at the end was a real pain but it was still a great value day out and well supported along the route. I thoroughly enjoyed it will definitely be coming back next year. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Very challenging course let's say and still came out with a PB In full: Very well organised race. Marshalls extremely encouraging. Will definateley be doing this race next year....let's no mention the hills though!! Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Quite tough going on the hills but plenty of downhills...... In full: ......to even the pace out. Personally I don't think it's P.B. potential but it's a great training run for a marathon (e.g. 4 or 5 weeks before the marathon). There wasn't alot of support but people were pleasant and encouraging and even the military and non-military marshalls were supportive. The Lady Mayoress handed you a nice commemorative brass at the finish. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Quick, Fast, Flat, Club Record In full: Again the Bourton 10k lived up to its expectation of being damn fast. Broke my Club's Record by 3mins so very very happy! Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Great race, okay weather was a problem, but was the same for everyone. Great organisation, will definitely do it again. In full: Best half marathon I have done for a few years. Loud speaker could have been useful at start but other than that, marshalls very supportive, no problems at water stations, good parking facilities, nice size field of runners. Value for money rather than the expensive sponsered races. Weather could not be helped, (what do you expect at this time of year) and will definitely be back next year. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Muddy! There is no such thing as a gentle incline at Longleat!! In full: Mud glorious mud! Got myself and the car covered. Didnt like the parking arrangement,driving down the hill so it was lucky that the A.B.S Works on the car. Having said that though, a good race, good support from the crowd and Cancer Reserch Team. It would of been nice for the 1st 3 finishers to have separate medals ( I was'nt one!). I have run at Longleat a couple of time now, and there is no such thing as a gentle incline at Longleat, I'm sure those of you who had to run or even walk up that hill would agree with me. I'll be back though, after all, its for Charity! Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: I dreaded the minute I entered, heard so many "it's hilly" comments In full: Well done Harriers, what a brilliant race. I dreaded the minute I entered, heard so many "its hilly & hard" comments that I put it off for so long. It is hilly but very pretty and what goes up comes down. The marshalls were very friendly especially at 'Lakes corner'. One thing though, when I looked around most ladies were under 5'4" so why the massive polo shirts? I don't need another night shirt! Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Really good race In full: This has become a fixture in my diary as has the October run. Its quick and efficently organised. They managed a lot of runners really well and the route is nice fast and well marshalled in the right places.
Its not the best supported but that doesn't bother me. It starts a little too early but I understand why as parking in Kingston for a 10am start would be next to impossible.
Two things I would change are that I would like to see a couple of loos half way around the course. I really needed one on the second lap and it spoilt me run. The other this is that I hate the mugs but I seem to be in a minority. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Lovely atmosphere, but every year something major goes wrong. In full: This race has a lovely atmosphere, but, despite having entered four times, I keep saying, "Never again". As a Race Organizer myself in the past, of events attracting 1,000+ competitors,I know that things occasionally go wrong. But in the Lincoln 10K something major ALWAYS goes wrong. And the organizers are local government officials, presumably PAID to get things sorted. I would never complain about unpaid race officials.
Here is what has gone wrong over the years.
In 2001, my 80-mile round trip was pointless, because the start-time was advertized wrongly and I was too late to join in. In 2003, hundreds of results were wrong: I was credited with a much better time than I actually did, and, as far as I know, the results were never corrected. In 2004, the approach roads were closed before the runners themselves could get to the parking areas, and, on a bitterly cold day, as we were assembled for the start, the race was delayed by [I think] one hour. This year, 2006, I never received my race pack and spent two days trying to get through on the phone about it. Also, I have just seen the official results. I hope they don't send me the M65 prize because I was six minutes slower than they think!! But the worst problem every year has been congestion at the start. The people who organize this race are clearly NOT runners. Whereas elite runners, local 'characters' etc are given a privileged front start, the rest of us have to try edging past first-timers who are WALKING after a mile, but don't realize they should not congregate at the front and spread themselves across the very narrow road, chatting as they stroll along. They have as much right to be there as the rest of us, and good luck to them, but the organizers totally fail to pursuade them, year-in, year-out, to start further back. These slower runners would surely be happier themselves if thousands were not barging past them. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Hugely... In full: ...enjoyable, muddy (a few people lost shoes), friendly, varied (woods, moors, canals, flat bits, hilly bits, moutainous bits, roads, towns, the works!), pb event for those running their first half marathon only! I'd almost consider this a fell race, and given the amount of rain that's fallen in the last fortnight wellies would have been more appropriate footware than trainers! Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Flattish course with a few 'kicks' near finish including cobbles In full: Delayed start infuriated a few, course not fully cleared of cars, excellent crowd cheering everyone on and making Lincolnions and 'foreigners' most welcome. Car parking needs sorting as most accessible large car park indicated is at least 2k from finish but reasonably priced at £1. Dispersal from finish needs looking at aswell. Certainly a welcome intro to 10k races as many first timers were involved today. Date of review: April 2, 2006