In short: Nice finish, good crowds, bad organisation In full: The course was better than last year - the crowds were better than last year - even my time was better than last year!! Sadly though, the organisation wasn't. I too had to pay postage twice for my entry pack. I also noticed different coloured medals. Given that many of the roads were closed by 10:00 if not earlier, why the road wasn't clear at the start time I'll never know. The signage at the start was poor, so it was difficult to know where to 'line-up'. Not sure of the benefit of a water station at 8.5km? Just one along Burton Road would have done nicely.
The organisers need to really see what 'larger' races do and take note. Being constructive - toilets by the start line would be nice.
In short: What was wrong with using the car parks? In full: Was really looking forward to this after the Bath Half marathon. But after the weather the evening before added the extra challenge of the 'bog of eternal stench' at the 2k (and 7.5k) mark. The "undulating" terrain as mentioned in literature was certainly interesting but still managed sub 57min (the same time for my 10k of the BHM. Did get the feeling that Longleat didn't really welcome us (unlike the cancer research staff) parking us on a muddy hill when all the carparks were virtually empty. Didn't they want our kids to go and investigate pets corner? Nice day overall though and look forward to doing this or different 10k around Longleat Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Where were all the marshalls In full: Being from Oldham, I was familiar with the course but still surprised at the lack of marshalls at The Farrars Arms and also the terrible state of the pathway in last 2 miles -for a mayoral race it gives a very poor impression of Oldham after such beautiful scenery earlier in the race. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Flat & fast & very well organised - but that wind on the way back -ouch! In full: My first half marathon & my quads are suffering today. Lovely course with pockets of excellent support where available on a mostly very rural course. Excellently marshalled. Was doing fine till 9 miles & then the wind decided to show me you can't trifle with a half marathon; suppose the 1hr40 will have to wait till next time.Water & sponge stations were superb. I suppose it's a shame where the start\finish is located, but the rest of the race was excellent. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Far too tough for a wimp like me! In full: Wow this one HURT! The wind was howling and the hills were plentiful; it took all I had to finish. I was being lapped by the leaders before I'd even finished the first loop which was a bit soul-destroying. And then the end bit through the maze of houses and around the field... torture!! Not really a good race for slow people! But the organisation was top-notch and the marshalls really friendly and encouraging - especially since I was right at the back and they must have all really had enough by the time I went by.
I wouldn't do this one again simply because of the loops... it took great willpower not to stop the first time around! But probably a great race for those tougher and faster than me. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Well organised and attended. Great as a measure of fitness & progress.. In full: Two suggestions to the organisers: Firstly, I'd prefer a classier, more original T-shirt & to drop the medal. Secondly, timing chips seem to be strongly indicated given it took almost a minute to cross the start line. Can this be considered for next year? I'm sure it would be a popular decision.(races such as Bideford, Plymouth & Exeter manage it - it seems a shame that Taunton don't). Otherwise, a special race recommended to others. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: organisation was awful, race staff were offensive In full: Only got my race pack a few days before the race. Directed route from car park to start incorporated quite a long detour. My Grandma who came to watch and support me was very tired. Similarly long walk from finish to car park. Crowded finish area. Lost my family and race staff were rude to me and laughed in my face when I asked them to do a call out to help me find my boyfriend. Medal is good, but apparently some people got different colours of medal, gold, silver, or bronze. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: it was my first 10k and I loved it. The race atmosphere really made you feel part of something special. The mud even made it more interesting! Great organisation of the event. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: A great plan B for London In full: Even though its a 2 lap, it did not bother me one bit due to nice route and flat course, found it hard the 2nd lap due to strong winds. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Not sure if I would do it again. In full: For me big races equal big hassle, having to be there at 9.30 to beat the rush, the A15 entry to Lincoln caused some problems as closed well before 9.30. Others have mentioned about numbers not arriving etc, I rang for a day and a half without a reply, perhaps a dedicated e-mail address, just for emergencies could be handy. Start was Ok for me, got in the elite section, some bumping and barging, but managed to get running OK. Route well marshalled and safe, good to have no traffic. Lage water bottles on route were a tripping hazard, 0.25 size bottles would have been more tha adequate. Finish area, I was sub 40, so not masses there yet, never saw the space blankets, but spotted the medals OK. Narrow way out from the grounds very awkward and congested. Long walk back as has been previously said, difficult what to do about this to keep the finish at the Castle Grounds. Weather held out, but if you did not have someone at the end with your gear, it could be a cold walk back. I parked at the rear of the Leisure Centre off Burton Road, got away early, as I forsaw lots of problems getting out. Perhaps the time will come to limit numbers? Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Muddy In full: Multi-terrain half with a lot of mud at the start and also in the last 2miles. Hills after 2miles and then again at 8-9miles, but lovely flat section in the middle. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: good race with lessons to learn! In full: As I was running the race itself, I was thinking how impressed I was with it all; the stewards were friendly, the course well marked and a good atmosphere between runners. Yet, once I crossed the finish line, I realised I had some doubts; firstly, the mug was non-specific as to the event that I had just completed (important detail for a race souvenir but not a big deal, I certainly agree); then the bag retrieval was more than a little chotic with no stewarding and bags seeminly not always placed in a number oder from what I could see. Lastly, I later learnt from my brother that he needed medical attention on the second crossing of Hampton Court Bridge and was told by a marshall that none was available! Still, fair play to all on the whole. Its a fine race and I shall be back in 2007 I am sure. Maybe a more specific momento next time though? thanks to the stewards though who were extremely supportive. Date of review: April 3, 2006