In short: Perhaps everyone should do it once, but I've done it now and never again. In full: Fine for beginners, fun-runners, charity money-raisers, etc. But too slow, too crowded, too loud, depressing dull course (three or four highlights in 26.2M).
In short: errific atmosphere. In full: Lovely occasion with the Japanese tourists clicking their camera shutters in disbelief as 600+ gorillas ran past them. The run over Tower bridge was great. Definitely do it again next year with a little more imagination with the gorilla suit customizing. Date of review: September 20, 2004
In short: Have been a regular for a long time - great challenging course - but seemed to have less crowd buzz this year and Lace panel down on quality previous years. The traffic a nightmare as usual. I am glad Sweatshop keep this going as its a key UK race. Date of review: September 20, 2004
In short: Always a classic, with some hill work thrown in! In full: I enjoyed it, but had some concern around some of the mile markers being out as I ran consistently, but found that I was varying on time. But organised well, plenty of water and sponge stops, and a nice run through the New Forest.... see you next year Date of review: September 20, 2004
In short: Good fast 10K, pretty flat, largely rural course. In full: Ensure you know where the finish is though - it's not the same place as the start. Some bloke tried to outsprint me to the finish, only to find he had another 1/4mile still to go ! Date of review: September 20, 2004
In short: Very scenic if quite uphill race - will definitely do it again In full: The route had quite a few uphill sections which I found hard going, especially in the strong wind but this was compensated for by the glorious scenery. However, I felt the race was well organised and there was a lot of support along the route from the locals (given the rurality of the race, this was a welcome surprise). I haven't run one of these smaller races before and I was really pleased with it and will be signing up for next year. Incidentally, I set a PB. Thanks to all involved! Date of review: September 20, 2004
In short: Nice run - not as flat as advertised In full: A good well organised run through the streets and environs of Buckie. Although advertised as flat there are hilly sections to get you from the start down to the shore and back into the town. Plenty of local support in the town, including a pipe band. Traffic was not a problem. A potential PB course - as long as you save something for the climb back into town. Oh - and it was windy! Date of review: September 20, 2004
In short: Excellent race. In middle-of-nowhere Mid-Wales, but roads are good if a bit slow. Great scenery, pretty quick. In full: New start & finish lines compared to last year, and not a successful move. Start was chaotic, with too many slow beginners mixed-up near the front, then finish was very narrow & congested - difficult and dangerous for sprint finish. But this is feedback for the organisers - overall it's an excellent race. Date of review: September 20, 2004