In short: Bad weather made the off-road section difficult In full: The decision to move the start seemed strange as the mud further up the course was a lot worse than anything near the start? Overall a good effort by Sleaford Striders - long may the race continue. Date of review: April 6, 2006
In short: Flat, fast course. Great marshalls In full: Apart from the already mentioned problems at the start - vehicles trying to get through and bottlenecks this was a very good race. Shame about the weather. Date of review: April 6, 2006
In short: Very well organised race In full: Enjoyed this race and finished 22 minutes quicker than last year! Very well marshalled, fantastic goody bag and a choice of colours for the sweatshirt - what more could you want. Date of review: April 6, 2006
In short: Average race, not best organised, but good prep for FLM In full: I had done the Running Festival race over the same course with approx 400 people doing the longer race, and what i remembered was a lot nicer than i experienced here. Thought there were a few organisational problems. Like a few people have mentioned, parking is free on a Sunday till 11am, and all the 8 milers and also some of the 16milers could have managed this rather than paying 3 pounds at the eden centre, or more elsewhere. The route seemed a lot more crowded,and not sure the different starts really worked, as had to pass loads of slower 8 milers on the 1st lap, and also the faster women would ahve been hampered a lot by the slower men (i ran with my girlfriend so experienced it) Had to keep resorting to stepping into the road. Seems a bit unfair for the women who are quicker. Not sure if the start is too small for everyone to start together, but at least people would then settle into their pace and place within a mile or so,rather than being hampered by the majority. The only scenic and nice bits seemed to be the towpath, and the rest quite narrow and hard to pass on. Not many toilets as far as i could see, and also see a lack of organisation at the end. A goodybag, with just a couple of leaflets (would have been better with nothing). Also the drinks at the end seemed chaotic, and saw quite a few people carrying boxes or lucozade away without being stopped, with still lots of slower runners coming in after (so wondered if they would run short by the end?).
Good points are, it is flat, local (to me), Nice distance at that stage before London marathon. And it starts early which means you have the rest of the day left.
I would do it again,only as local and its good for training, but i thought it was expensive for what it was, and did enjoy the October version (which was less packed) a lot more. Not sure the course can really cope with that amount of numbers
A lot to be improved on! Date of review: April 6, 2006
In short: Mainly good organisation but let down by minor irritants. In full: In the past parking was free at this race , why now charge runners £1 to park ? and the location of the parking is not well sig=ned from the finish and took a good 20 min walk to reach post race. If the weather was bad this would be unpleasant. Great medal however and great location for finish. Tidy up the loose ends for next year please. Date of review: April 6, 2006
In short: Absolutely fantastic, good weather made it. In full: Could get lost a few times if you tried, but not for long, if the sea is on your right, you are OK. Steep, slippery, lonesome, lovely. Date of review: April 6, 2006
In short: better than most In full: Only a few minor irrations prevented this from being a 100% race for myself. The parking in the school grounds should really have been free, why should you pay when it's in the organiser's interests not for runners to "clog" the surrounding residental area!
Getting from the school to the race start took people the long way round a council estate & for some-one whose never been to Lincoln was a little worrying, better guidance next time please.
Took 3ks to get into my stride for this race probably due to sheer numbers of people running this race, think the idea of having to prove that your "elite" will be a good thing & allow a 2 minute margin for those who beleive they have improved.
Water, smaller bottles BUT still with the "sport" tops so you can "sip" the water, as most people will tell you they took two sips then threw a almost full bottle away, myself included, plus a large bottle is hard to run with.
Lastly directions are needed BACK to the car park, i,d never been to Lincoln & was very lucky to get back to the car park in reasonable time.
To re-iterate only minor irratations on the whole i thought a very well organised race, no problems with race pack, even got call to confirm receipt. excellant support from crowds, great views, plenty of water (in bottles) great finish, friendly atmosphere. will do again & recommend to others. Stuart lynn, age 28, Darlington Quakers running club, finishing time 37.52 pb.
In short: Very friendly field, but a pretty dull trudge that deserves its 'boring Goring' monicker In full: The organisation is fine and it has a lot of value as a pre-spring marathon training run. The route is pretty boring, only glimpses of what a steel-grey sea were anything close to picturesque. The route starts mostly on the road, then as the four laps tick past most competitors take to the pavement in order to avoid the traffic and stay out of the gutter. This is pretty harsh on the shins and I saw a couple of people take heavy falls on loose paving slabs. Overall its OK, but I wouldn't do it if I didn't have to as part of a marathon training plan. Date of review: April 5, 2006
In short: Fantastic organisation and marshalls despite conditions In full: Thank you very much, the enthusiasm of the marshalls was great. Hope to see you next year if fit again Date of review: April 5, 2006