In short: Good for a weekend run about but not one to plan your annual running calander around. In full: On the whole an enjoyable race. Perhaps not one that you would look forward too for weeks in advance but certainly worth turning up for if you have no other races that weekend. Very mild uphill for the first 6-7K that tested the condition of your calfs but the reward of a pleasant view at the highest point. My main critisism that I felt could have been better assessed was the start/finish being 500m down a dog poop infested lane. Not the best for several pairs of expensive training shoes. Also, as a more latter finisher, I felt the narrow lane, crowded with already finished runners & families, prevented any form of fast finish. As a runner who likes to pick up the pace for the final 2K I found that upon entering the lane I had to put on the brakes to avoid collisions. Other than that I enjoyed the experience. Well enough organised and reasonably friendly. An excellent practise event for next weeks Moray Half marathon or 10K runners. Date of review: August 28, 2005
In short: Organisation not great - course was OK In full: To be hgonest understand race was sold as a fun run but i like to think that if a race is advertised as 10k it should be 10k long - chap I talked to at end said race was 6.75 miles long plus there was no 10k sign at the final turn or a 9k mark - all a bit conusing
Apart from that course was OK - part accross field was a bit ropey
Some confusion at start - i think most thought that beacause they had registered up front and had race number they wouldnt have to register - this wasnt however the case, i think some might have fallen foul of this
Momento would have been nice - most expensive run ive entered, on the plus side it was for a good cause Date of review: August 28, 2005
In short: sad to get know medal and a bit confusing when races branched off but people were friendly, lots of water stations, lovely views, miles well marked and challenging! Date of review: August 28, 2005
In short: Very bad Organisation. Three Races Starting together recipe for disaster In full: Marshalls were hopeless not a single one said anything all day. The mail out and map showing the course didn't mention numerous off road sections with fairly long grass, luck not to turn our ankles.
Water stations were manned by people that had no idea how to give a runner water, mainly kids, and towards the end they were obviously getting bored and were more content to play with the cups than give out the water.
The runners world entry site says, certificate and medal we received neither. £10 was very expensive considering no momento, not a lot of water, what did they spend the money on!!
I will not be going back! Date of review: August 28, 2005
In short: Superb!! In full: Was deffinetely worth the 2 hour drive from Southampton!! Positives, lovely scenery, well organised, cheering marshalls, a t-shirt and a medal, only one negative, I think the KM markers werent strictly correct, but hey what a lovely race, well done to the organisers and marshalls. I will definetely be back. Date of review: August 28, 2005
In short: Who put those hills there? In full: Good well organised event, hilly first 6 km then downhill virtually to finish. Would have paid a pound or 2 more for a medal or t shirt at the finish though. Date of review: August 28, 2005
In short: Dissapointing start and finish. In full: I echo the points raised in the previous rating. This was my first 10k and I found it very difficult to settle into a pace on the two-abreast path which meant we had to compromise the path with those who were out for their daily stroll.
The start to the race was a bit sudden and didn't give anyone enough time to organise themselves. At the end there was no rounding off by the organisers and no momento for the day. In addition, some of the water stations were unprepared for the runners causing some to stop to collect their drink.
I would also advise anyone with fair skin to take sun block as it is quite open by the shore and you may be prone to burning.
The map should definitely have been marked out better and be aware that you have to run through a tufty field which isn't kind to your ankles.
The views are nice on a good day and Sandwich itself is very scenic. Date of review: August 28, 2005
In short: The worst 10k in the world?? In full: The map provided with the race in insturctions was useless as it has no road names on and sandwich town centrwe is a rabbit warren of roads. Not one sign pointing to the start.The parking in Sandwich is rubbish. The race number was plastic. All 3 races started at the same time with no segragation. The first 1/2k was down a very narrow track. Two way running for much of the race, and worst of all no medal or certificate depsite saying so on the race write up. £10 for that what a rip off.
Also the race was really poorly supported considering it was part of the sandwich festival. On trying to leave there were hundreds of people out watchinh the mobility 'race' which had about 5 participants from what I could see and the police had closed the whole of Sandwich town centre.
In short: Great race and great and friendly organisation In full: Scenic, yet tough (especially on little training) course. Friendly marshalls and great support, especially as a was shattered and slow. Thank you. Date of review: August 28, 2005