In short: Good fast course, well organsised, plenty of company for a fast time In full: Well organised, could do with better scope of spectators to see the finish. Excellent scope for PBs. Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: Very challenging with long steep hills In full: My first 10k was met with some trepidation but living locally thought I would give it a go. Wow, I have never climbed the hill between 6-8k mark - it was a killer. Very well organised and freindly atmosphere. For a real beginner I am hooked and will be running this again next year. Thank you to all the organisers and voluteers - and my partner Lisa for cheering me on xx - I needed it. See you all next year I hope. Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: Do I not like the route! In full: Marshalls, organisation, water stations and feel of the event was fine.
I really enjoyed meeting up with RW forumites beforehand.
However, the course was shocking. A bit undulating, a steady climb followed by a sharp knee cruncher descent. The run along the tramway/cycle track was totally mundane. Knowing I had to run even further down this track on the second lap broke my heart. Was not sure whether the 1pm start was a good idea. Event needs more organisation around the start by marshalling people into time slots.
No offence to the organisers, but I will not be back to do this one again. Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: Far too few ladies loos In full: Great atmosphere but lots of rough pushing towards the end where the road narrowed. Long wait for loos not what you want before a long run. Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: Little bit of a "clubby" atmosphere, marshalling erratic, and needed water station. Fast-ish course though. In full: "Clubby" atmosphere quite intimidating for those arriving independent of their clubs, not overly welcoming. Fun run should have been started a couple of mins after 10k to prevent teenies being trodden on by big grown up runners, and big grown up runners from being elbowed by children only to have them stop directly in front of them with stitch! Marshalls were either very polite and encouraging, or thoroughly disinterested in their job, putting me at risk of angry man in land rover. Would have been nice to have had some water just after the 5k finish, to keep us going on second lap. Other than this, the course was reasonably fast, crewe not exactly beautiful, but the villagey bit was pretty. The 'hills' were not hills to people from Durham, I thought it was quite flat! Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: Great scenery. Way too hot though In full: Great atmos in Stratford but felt there could have been a bit more encouragement in the villages outside. Altogether an excellent event though. Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: First marathon, hit trouble on 3rd third but I've tried not to make that cloud my judgement In full: Pros: Friendly marshalls, good crowd support and interesting course. Cons: Too hot, partly due to daft start time, no energy drinks or food, two laps is repetitive and Greenway very dull, not flat and soul destroying second time around when struggling. Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: Positive overall but with some room for improvement In full: I really enjoyed the race, good marshalls, good support, great at the finish.
Too expensive, I'm a sucker and bought the T-Shirt (I know its a weakness) but then with the car park that's over £35!!
Why wasn't the overflow car park open on the rec, it would have saved hundreds of runners some extra hassle. Couldn't the traffic wardens have had a little common sense, £30 tickets issued for fun when cars were causing no real problem.
Please time mark the start, fun runners at the front, faster runners stuck at the back. The start and first lap are too tight to have the runners mixed up like this.
In short: Fantastic!!!!!! In full: Was gutted there wasn't a 7.30 RW pacer, although delighted to finish 6 mintes inside PB. The best running experience on the callendar by a country mile. Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: A good family event with a fast course. In full: My kids (8yr olds) had a great time. They did the fun run, watched my race, then played in Telford Town Park which has fantastic free facilities for children. The good weather helped of course, but you could always go for a skate at the ice rink if it was raining.
The race is based around the park which was pleasant and mainly flat which makes for a fast course (the winning time was 24.13).
There was only 15 minutes between the start of the fun run and the main race which meant that I couldn't see the end of my kids race (the start and finish are in different places). If they could leave half an hour between races this would be better.
In short: Superb day In full: Weather was perfect, race was great and I ran a best ever PB at 47.38 (to be confirmed!)...what more can I ask for? I'd missed this event for a few years, so the 10k course had been changed, but I have to say it is a massive improvement over the previous 'laps' that used to make up the event. Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: Very friendly race, good organisation, scenic route and the zoo seeting hosting in a zoo makes it a nice day. In full: Well organised race in a beautiful setting. Don't think I passed a marshall who didn't offer some encouragement.
Found the chart showing the climbs and descents at various distances very useful.
The zoo setting offered an excellent distraction beforehand (may take some penguins and a tank to all my races in future - found them very calming) and makes it a nice day out afterwards, the sort of race you can take a friend / supporter to.