In short: Very well organised that others could learn from. In full: Course a bit twisty and a few ups and downs but nothing too challenging. A doddle to find from motorway and park with good signs to the start and enthusiastic MC made for a good start. Well marshalled with water and sponges altho didn't need them when the heavens opened. Choccie, sports drink and top medal at the finish - quality!! Only downside MK is well dull - all the roads and paths looked the same... Date of review: July 24, 2005
In short: I very much enjoyed the run, as this was vey well organised and the marshalls were standing in the rain, a very kind lady near a bridge, sitting covered in a hat, mac & using a coat as a blanket gave me the warmest smile - thanks. 10/10! Date of review: July 24, 2005
In short: Run in torrential rain pretty much all of the way, a nice enough course although traffic was a problem at time on narrow lanes. Certainly well organised although a drink and chocky bar was the sum total of the goody bag - no t shirt or medal. In full: Certainly couldn't complain about the heat! Good course - undulating to say the least, and massive credit to the marshalls for braving the weather. Date of review: July 24, 2005
In short: Worse race of the year ... and it was all my fault In full: I can't fault this race. The organisation, the atmosphere and the course were excellent. The problem was I had a really terrible race and I have only myself to blame. Late night, dodgy breakfast and setting off too fast all added up to me do a time over 10 mins slower than what I was expecting. My only complaint (if it is a complaint) is the starting time (10am). I drove from the Midlands but that race start meant I had to get up at 6am which further compounded the impact of my late night. As I said though I can only blame myself and based on the merits of the race I would recommend this to other runners thinking of running it. Date of review: July 24, 2005
In short: A flat, fast race beside the sea. In full: Since this was my first race I don't have anything to compare it with buy I thoroughly enjoyed it. Very flat, without even a hint of a hill which made a welcome change to the hills around Guisborough. Date of review: July 24, 2005
In short: One of the tougher halfs, but at least not boringly flat In full: Even though the hills were tough, especially the one between 11 & 12 miles, there was something about this race which makes you say, I would probably do this again. Water stations plentiful, and all had sponges as well. Overall a very good event in a very nice setting, with a nice show and a few beers to finish off. Also makes a change having a Saturday race. Date of review: July 24, 2005
In short: Well organised making excellent use of the redways In full: I had been a bit worried about this one. It seemed a little pricey and didn't seem to be offering anything particularly for the money, although it is a charity fund raiser.
In fact, organisation was impressive. An MC got us all geared up with a masss warm up, then it was off to the start at 10AM and away we went. Marshalling was absolutely brilliant, no gaps or possibility of a wrong turn and lots of words of encouragement.
Water stops and sponges were at just the right places and there were no stupid half litre bottles on offer just cups (when i've seen bottles handed out in the past, runners just take two sips and throw them away, creating littter and hazards. God also added in lots of water in the second half, if inly he'd remembered to turn off the rain again when I finished.
If I wanted to improve this race for next year I'd add timing chips and some isotonic drinks at the water stops, but apart from that it was great
In short: No chance of overheating and some of the puddles at the base of the undulates deeper than most water jumps on a steeplechase. Well marshalled, reasonable race In full: Flat/undulating describes bits of the course. Some of the undulates a bit lengthy and steep in a teasing sort of way. Horrible conditions today, torrential at times, in the air and rushing down the undulates, but at least the rain was warm. Good changing rooms, but no water to any of the showers. Start a bit flawed. i.e No marshalling and audible call to the pack, but well marshalled throughout. Enough water stops for today. Goody bag interesting mix of lollipop, sport drink, banana and cereal bar...Hmm. Plenty of parking and good venue for post race recovery drink/food. Might be back, but there are better/better value races around. Date of review: July 24, 2005
In short: VERY average local 10k In full: I assumed as this was sold out that it would be a great race. However the race wasn't signposted at all, and I would have struggled to find it if I did not have a passenger. Had to park miles away from the start line. Start was very congested, and the first 3 miles was along a busy road that wasn't closed. "nd half was back along the tow path.
Overall I didn't like this race, it didn't seem to be as well orgainsed as a lot of the races I have donme so far this year. Mind you I set my 2nd fastest time over 10k, even so I won;t be coming back. Date of review: July 24, 2005
In short: No major complaints In full: I could not clearly see any expected time markers to line up against and encountered a few problems with people walking three abreast after one kilometre. It would have been very difficult for anybody racing to achieve a PB. Plenty of free water but too many bottles carelessly discarded. Date of review: July 24, 2005
In short: Let's hope they're all like this In full: Very good first race - definitely something that a beginner should do. Well organised with marshalls everywhere cheering runners on and water at the halfway mark (thanks to the people who did that, btw). Couple of hills to deal with, but nothing too bad and the downhill bit after the second hill is great. Date of review: July 24, 2005