In short: I dreaded the minute I entered, heard so many "it's hilly" comments In full: Well done Harriers, what a brilliant race. I dreaded the minute I entered, heard so many "its hilly & hard" comments that I put it off for so long. It is hilly but very pretty and what goes up comes down. The marshalls were very friendly especially at 'Lakes corner'. One thing though, when I looked around most ladies were under 5'4" so why the massive polo shirts? I don't need another night shirt! Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Really good race In full: This has become a fixture in my diary as has the October run. Its quick and efficently organised. They managed a lot of runners really well and the route is nice fast and well marshalled in the right places.
Its not the best supported but that doesn't bother me. It starts a little too early but I understand why as parking in Kingston for a 10am start would be next to impossible.
Two things I would change are that I would like to see a couple of loos half way around the course. I really needed one on the second lap and it spoilt me run. The other this is that I hate the mugs but I seem to be in a minority. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Lovely atmosphere, but every year something major goes wrong. In full: This race has a lovely atmosphere, but, despite having entered four times, I keep saying, "Never again". As a Race Organizer myself in the past, of events attracting 1,000+ competitors,I know that things occasionally go wrong. But in the Lincoln 10K something major ALWAYS goes wrong. And the organizers are local government officials, presumably PAID to get things sorted. I would never complain about unpaid race officials.
Here is what has gone wrong over the years.
In 2001, my 80-mile round trip was pointless, because the start-time was advertized wrongly and I was too late to join in. In 2003, hundreds of results were wrong: I was credited with a much better time than I actually did, and, as far as I know, the results were never corrected. In 2004, the approach roads were closed before the runners themselves could get to the parking areas, and, on a bitterly cold day, as we were assembled for the start, the race was delayed by [I think] one hour. This year, 2006, I never received my race pack and spent two days trying to get through on the phone about it. Also, I have just seen the official results. I hope they don't send me the M65 prize because I was six minutes slower than they think!! But the worst problem every year has been congestion at the start. The people who organize this race are clearly NOT runners. Whereas elite runners, local 'characters' etc are given a privileged front start, the rest of us have to try edging past first-timers who are WALKING after a mile, but don't realize they should not congregate at the front and spread themselves across the very narrow road, chatting as they stroll along. They have as much right to be there as the rest of us, and good luck to them, but the organizers totally fail to pursuade them, year-in, year-out, to start further back. These slower runners would surely be happier themselves if thousands were not barging past them. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Hugely... In full: ...enjoyable, muddy (a few people lost shoes), friendly, varied (woods, moors, canals, flat bits, hilly bits, moutainous bits, roads, towns, the works!), pb event for those running their first half marathon only! I'd almost consider this a fell race, and given the amount of rain that's fallen in the last fortnight wellies would have been more appropriate footware than trainers! Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Flattish course with a few 'kicks' near finish including cobbles In full: Delayed start infuriated a few, course not fully cleared of cars, excellent crowd cheering everyone on and making Lincolnions and 'foreigners' most welcome. Car parking needs sorting as most accessible large car park indicated is at least 2k from finish but reasonably priced at £1. Dispersal from finish needs looking at aswell. Certainly a welcome intro to 10k races as many first timers were involved today. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Good points but could do better In full: V good printed material on booking; very attractive tow path section and fast final three miles particularly if you stay in the cycle lane; could do with bigging up the atmosphere a bit if you want this to be a memorable race - it's not really worthy of a biggish city centre event; one or two enthusiatic volunteers at the drinks stations at least tried to get things going; at best a good FLM prep race at the right time but agree with the need to iron out the kinks especially at the end. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Effortlessly organised flat, fast 10k In full: I participated in this race last year one week prior to running the paris marathon and posted 36 36. I went on to run a 2 54 and so felt extremely happy. Again I'm running Paris in 7 days and wanted to gauge myself against the time I set on this fast, flat course. Well it may not have been as hot as last year but 34.58 has got me dreaming of some silly time in France. It helps that when running this race you have a very quick, flat start, frequent accurately measured distance markers and a VERY helpful halfway clock. The gentle uphill at 3 and a half k is nice and early in the race and then you have a gentle but prolonged downhill section where u can really pick your pace up. Even though its not the most scenic of runs I love this course. You have plenty of spectators/encouragement, its well marshalled and is a great pre marathon 10k (which I think is reflected in the large number of entries from clubs all over the south east). Only small gripe is there could be more toilets, but nevertheless a big thumbs up!!! Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: A well marshalled event In full: Organisers couldn't be held responsible for the grey, windy weather which made the run along the prom, in particular, hard and boring. Medal and T shirt to finishers. Nothing exciting but will do again as it is a local event. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: My first half-marathon race, and the last one before London! The hills made it hard work on the legs but the marshalls were really supportive...'this is the last hill!' was proven to be wrong rather too many time though! Even so, had a great time. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: fast course and great support in city and very scenic. Finish miles from car park and no signs to shoq way back. In full: Good race, fast and nice 'big' atmosphere. Race packs bit of a mess up and delayed start meant my warm up was a waste of time. Needed to have better facilities at finish such as signs showing way to car park and also water at finish not easily access for wheelchair athletes. Would be Great race if organisational hitches sorted Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Well organised event and a scenic and pleasant run. In full: My first Half Marathon and I was very impressed with how organised it was. Good encouragement on the way round from the Marshalls and those handing out drinks; will definitely come back next year. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Well organised race In full: Pleased to see well organised water stations, bottles, not cups. Should have all been sport caps though. Very cheap, Mayor was great, great welcome at finish. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Great run, Shame about the weather! In full: Well organised and well marshalled, very strong wind and driving rain made for difficult running after 6 miles but that's no-ones fault. Very friendly atmosphere and a very enjoyable run. Will definitely be back next year. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: first time at lincoln - what a lovely city. well marshalled, and the info stand made collecting the race pack no problem at all. enjoyed it - thanks to everyone involved Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Good in parts In full: Ignoring the congestion the first 3 miles were glorious- the route along the Thames was lovely. However the urban part of the route was dire, the mud at the Scily Isles drink stations was `dangerous by the second lap, marshalling was sparse and there was no water at the finish! Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: First time running this one, but twenty years of past road runs. Due to postal problems did not recieve number but dealt with well on day. Distanc between start and finish combined with parking problems made this a difficult one to really enjoy. Date of review: April 2, 2006