In short: superfast course, in PB heaven... In full: only one mile marker (2), no finish line, no drinks at the finish, manky weather, all made up for by running a 2 minute PB. Date of review: November 26, 2005
In short: A good race but needs improving a tad In full: Good points: A cup instead of a medal (to me this was a good point), scenery (I love Willen Lake), marshalling during the race was excellent, the majority of the cause was flat hence excellent PB potential. Bad points: Having the race HQ so far from the start (although I am sure there was no alternative given the location ... maybe think of changing the starting position), the organisation at the end was lamentable having to be filed into three lanes and wait to have our numbers taken after you have run your guts off is not acceptable, toilets (but then again this is always a complaint of mine) Overall: A good race with the potential to be one of the best, it just needs the rough edges smoothing out. Loved the novel idea of the cup! Date of review: November 26, 2005
In short: Great fun! geoegraphically impossible on a lapped course I know, but there did seem to be more climbs than descents! In full: The cold was bracing and the hills were challenging but the views were beautiful and the crowd was friendly. Well organised and I loved it. Date of review: November 26, 2005
In short: Nice scenic, flat course... pity about the weather on this occasion. In full: Could have done with a clearer finish line but no other complaints. Not sure what happened with the four front runners (seeing as I was at the back!) but apparently they were sent the wrong way. Date of review: November 26, 2005
In short: Some lovely views and a good mix of abilities. In full: This course is quite hilly but there are no majorly steep hils other than the leg to the finish and you run down that one! This event was well organised and set in some beutiful countryside that is if you can focus when you are breathing as hard as i was!!!! The 3 laps are excellent for spectators and for pacing yourself. The christmas pud is a nice touch and well deserved. All monies go directly to Cancer Research, even when you enter the chequeue is made payable directly to them so you can be guarenteed that no money is diverted elsewhere. Well worth doing. Date of review: November 26, 2005
In short: Good race, tough course, but defo worth doing. In full: I skimped on the quality this week so I was looking for a nice race to end the week on and this was the nearest to home. I got there early and drove round the course once and wasn't convinced it was that tough. There were no mile/km markers on the course so I was aiming at doing each of the three laps in 12:50 (38:30) but it wasn't long into it that I realised that the hills I'd driven up where far harder to run up than I'd thought, after going through the first lap in 13:15 I knew I wasn't going to get as good a time as I'd hoped for, but still thought a sub 40 was on the cards. The second lap was so much harder than the first and I struggled round in 13.50. On to the 3rd lap and I got my second wind and felt a lot more relaxed and was abled to work up the hills. The finish is the steepest part of the course and I took it easy on the first 2 times, but for the last descent I threw caution to the wind and careered down the hill in to the finish nearly losing it a couple of times. Finishing in 40.25 I have to say I was disapointed with my effort but can't fault the race it's self. A tough course but traffic free, well marshalled and with excellent support. Organisation was good and the Christmas pud for the finishers was much bigger than I'd expected. Overall a great race! Recommended! Date of review: November 26, 2005
In short: OK race, in wet conditions In full: Nice enough race, well marshalled and flat course nice finishers mug, but missed the mile markers (except at 2 miles) and no water at the end Date of review: November 26, 2005
In short: Thanks for the constructive feedback, folks In full: We feel it went better than last year but still need to iron out providing a clear starting noise (easily sorted) and a better finish area (less easy but we have some ideas).
Re. the comments of Wayne Heppenstall which were rather negative, we can't find his name on the race results anywhere. If he has been missed off we're sorry and would like him to get in touch so we can amend the situation.
Otherwise should we assume he did not run the race at all, or ran it under a different name? Date of review: November 26, 2005
In short: The organisation and marshalling were absolutely faultless! In full: And the free massage before and after the race was brilliant. Absolutely no complaints. An excellent event! Well done to all involved. Date of review: November 26, 2005
In short: What a well organised and friendly race In full: Had an injury at 8 miles so unable to finish but the sweep car gave me a very welcome lift back. Better luck next year. Excellent marshalling and organisation. Recommend to anyone looking for a combination of a good race and excellent scenery. Weather was good too! Date of review: November 26, 2005
In short: ' In full: great race,unfortunately long way off my pb i got last year due to carrying an injury.won of my favourite races in the year ,even got my 16 year old son to run this year Date of review: November 26, 2005