In short: Please get the route and distance right next time In full: Last year it was supposed to be 3.5m and ended up 5K, this year it was supposed to be 5K and turned out to be 3.5m. I know its a fun run, but it would be nice to know how long the race is before you get to 3 miles. All of the other 15 races I have done this year have been the distance they were supposed to be, how hard can it be? Also telling people that the route has changed before they start would be a nice touch. The goody bags were excellent, and it was generally good fun and well organised, but the minor niggles spoiled a fun day. Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Flat, fast and scenic In full: Shame the race HQ was so far from the start (which led to a delay due to latecomers) otherwise a really good, well-organised race. Nice scenery and definite PB potential. Well done TRAC! Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: slow first 3 miles In full: not enough hills ? too many people missing the water out ,why you might as well run in any woods if you do not want to play in the water ,the weather was to kind which probably made it to comfortable Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: If you want to get into the Christmas spirit and do something unusual then this is a box to tick In full: Serious runners still wear a Santa Suit and unless you get to the front then no chance of a PB, especially with the number of bottle necks and twists on the course. This is an all level, fun, charity event, now in year five but the well intentioned organisers have a way to go to get it running smoothly. It is a great day out to Mid-Wales and is very good value for money. All runners commit to raising a small amount for charity. It is the original Santa run and this year included a record attempt for the most yo-yos at one event so will be interested to see if record is accepted. Also interested to see if more turned up for the shorter Liverpool run. Good entertainment, more water than many a 10k/half marathon I've run and the whole town seemed turned out to cheer. Memorable, but not just for the run. Might even be seen on Blue Peter! Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Great !! In full: Great value race, very friendly stopped frequently to chat and look at other Santas excellent atmosphere. Goody bag was well filled (T-shirt, pasta, sweets etc) best value race all year! Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Must for anyone who thinks they cant do it.(Also non runners) In full: If you want to break world record for Santa Running and collect for charity then this race needs some much better advertising Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Fabulous off-road 10 mile run with 8 character building hills. In full: Superb views at from the top of oxygen sapping hills. Well organised and friendly, with a festive air. One drinks station was even dispensing Guiness and beer. Some runners were in fancy dress, including 4 fairies. I thnk their wings helped them fly up the hills. Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Friendly and well organised. Free mug and soup at the end a nice touch In full: This was my first XC and it was a good experience. Stayed dry and warm (for December) for the run, but was obviously pretty wet and slippy underfoot - I think I'll get some spikes for next time! Interesting course with a few suprises, but nothing too daunting. Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Really enjoyed the variety of terrain and scenery In full: Good, friendly atmosphere. Great variety - forest, downland, farmland, lanes, etc. A good challenge. Marshalls very encouraging - thank you! Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Great fun, enjoy the day and the sight of thousands of santas In full: Relax enjoy and do not take it too seriously, next year 10,000 with luck. Have a run and do not worry about racing, happy christmas ! Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: A good race but used to be better. In full: This race has not been run for a couple of years after the previous club turned it's attention to other events. This year Devizes stepped in and organised.
The finish has moved and I can't say I like the new position. For one you turn the sharp corner and bang, very little opportunity to give a good sprint, and two it was a bit of a problem escaping from the finish area without either getting in the way of runners finishing or traipsing through the cabbage field. This was not fun with a pushchair and results in my wife thinking "why did I come?" especially after a marshall had screamed at her for trying to exit via the road/path. If there was a better way out it was not well signposted.
This is a good race, fast course which on the whole is well marshalled. The toilets were certainly not a problem in my (male) experience and that should get a mention cos it's always the first moan.
The creche facility is very good and is free and is a great way of encouraging family support for runners. This appeared not to be too busy so maybe the message could get out a little better to encourage more supporters.
Supporters were quite thin on the ground although I'm not sure how many to expect for 450 runners.
The car parking is okay although I got sent to the furthest car park with my car full of under fives and so I was a bit miffed to see a good number of parking spaces up at the social club which seemingly were being allocated to people with children. That said providing the minibus from car park up to the social club was appreciated.
I enjoyed it but not quite as much as when I ran it before. Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Flat, fast and friendly In full: A great little 10K this one. The course is completely flat and this year there was hardly a breath of wind. The conditions (combined with some new shoes - thank you Athlete's Feet!) helped me to a new PB of 47:54.
The organisation was good with plenty of marshalls and one water stop. The start was spoiled slightly by some charmless abuse dished out by an 'ASBO Granny' who was in a rush to get to the local tip. No doubt to dump the body of her lodger or maybe to root through the skips looking for something nicer to wear and maybe a bit of old bone to boil up for lunch. But we were soon away from her.
I'll definitely do this race again - nice work! Date of review: December 4, 2005