In short: A distinct event in wooded location. Would suggesthaving a more visible finish banner, with mile (km) signs and distance markers towards the finish. Excellent result service. Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: Great support but bad organisation/marshalling In full: The course itself is not too demanding and the residential streets made for good opportunities for passers by cheering you on.
At the point where the second lap started and the finishers raced on to the end, one of the marshalls hung their coat over the sign. You couldn't tell until you were right on top of it!
No signs anywhere in the centre/train station to help people travelling in. Announcements at beginning of race could not be heard at back and there was no mention of where to queue for t-shirt, until you headed back to the sports centre and found the windy queue! Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: friendly run good mix of club and first time runners. In full: A nice good pleasent sunday morning run. Great to have plenty of water stations somthing other race organisers should take note of, First time i'd run this race on a personal side would run again as managed a new p.b.and met plenty of friendly runners as usual to chat with along the way. Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: Scenery was excellent and the relay option was handy for me to run with a friend who was a beginner. In full: Really enjoyed the run. The music & festival atmosphere was nice. Would recommend this run to others. Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: Really enjoyed this hilly run. Atmosphere was good, even for those of us who finished at the back of the pack. Would def recommend! In full: A bit hard for beginners but satisfying and well organised. I will be running this again, hopefully with more experience and a better time next year. Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: On Sand/water, Gale Force Winds and in Blackpool. But very flat. In full: Not a personal fan of Blackpool myself. Too many lowlifes trying to fleece you out of your money and gale force winds even in summer. But the race wasn't too bad.
Ok, some of the sand was soft (read hard to run on) and you had to think about how to cross the puddles (small lakes at points) but it was flat and at least the gale force wind cooled you off, even if it did make running north a bit hard.
Two laps might put a beginner off - the idea of having to do it all again after getting to the finish line once - but that aside it wasn't too bad. Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: good scenery ,well organised In full: Certainly not flat as advertised but not hilly either one steady slope for about a k with a couple of sharp short hills in it The organisation was good apart from the pre-race brief the guy giving it was trying to shout and was not heard by most. A PA would be ideal. Overall very enjoyable depends whats on this time next year as to whether I do it again.
In short: Brilliant! Beautiful and friendly run. In full: Excellent event, well organised and good value. Very scenic route, mildly undulating along the Mull coast. Race representatives meet you of the ferry (45mins from Oban), all transport laid on (baggage to finish, you back to ferry. Plenty of time to enjoy the event, watch the junior races (brilliant) and the prize giving. Weather was superb this year so the water points every three miles were very welcome. Excellent value for £10 (T shirt, medal, bus, coastguard escort! etc) Very friendly, finished at a hotel pub! Recommended. Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: One huge hill to start with then lovely moorland and woodland before going back down the initial hill. In full: This was my first ever 'away' race and the first hill is a real killer one I certainly underestimated. It's the first time ever I've had to walk before 1Km! but everyone else was too so I don't feel too bad. The scenery is fantastic, from the sea view to the heather on the moorland. However be aware of real ankle twisting potential in the woods with mud, roots and dappled shade and on the final descent which is impossible to do slowly. There were lots of marshals around the course, although a few more supportive 'cheers' would have been nice (I'm a back runner so they may have been getting bored by the time I came passed) The weather was perfect dry & sunny but not too hot (Mid August heat and that hill could have been a killer combination) and being able to follow the run with a dip in the sea was a real treat. I was very dissappointed that the promised t-shirts were in fact 'baseball caps' but for the price it's a good race. Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: Nice way to spend a summer evening! In full: Was staying with family in South Wales and thought I'd give this a try. Did the Swansea Bay 10k a couple of years back and actually enjoyed this mini-version of it better. Made a pleasant change for someone who lives nowhere near the coast nowadays and would definitely recommend it to anyone who lives within reasonable distance of the Swansea area. I think they do 3 summer 5ks over this course, and I reckon it would be a really good way to gauge your fitness by comparing times for all 3. Although there were mainly club runners on show, I reckon it's also a perfectly good course for beginners or "fun-runners" who want to keep in shape over the summer months. Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: Too hot again, but good day out. In full: Struggled with the heat again and possibly could do with even earlier start time, given the weather of last 2 years. Disappointed with my time (I stopped to walk once), but again thought it was a very friendly race and well organised. Tremendous value for money compared to most other runs I've done - another decent t-shirt this year. Drink stations are well manned and in good positions with regard to the race. Also nice touch to hear your name read out on the tannoy when finishing on the athletics track! Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: I really enjoyed this (although my legs tell a different story!) In full: No real hills, in terms of gradient, although quite a few uphill drags along the way. Nice route through Somerleyton Hall, which I am sure is lovely if I hadn't been too knackered at that point to look properly. A couple of the mile markers were a little off I thought, but don't really care too much about that.
Well marshalled, and plenty of drinking stations, and the sponges were very welcome.
And, best of all, the first race I have done where the queue for the ladies at the race HQ was shorter than the mens! Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: Not flat but good fun In full: As mnay others said, was definitely on the undulating side, but I still managed to get a PB so I'm pretty chuffed! Hadn't realised that only pre-booked people got the t-shirt, but for someone organising a race for the first time they couldn't really have estimated how many people would turn up on the day, I wouldn't have thought?
Marshalling and general orgnaisation very good, and atmosphere good for both fast people and us slow coaches at the back. Nice countryside too. If I wasn't about to move up north, I'd do it again next year. Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: Very British and very friendly In full: Was part of village fete and had lovely rural Britsh atmosphere. Funh spot prizes were a nice touch, and the only down side was almost becoming a casualty of the welly throwing competition next to the finishing line! Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: Good race but no momento In full: Exc race overall, got a 10k pb though not entirely flat (but where is?) could do with a momento...a cheap medal would work wonders! Date of review: August 15, 2005