In short: A well organised and friendly race In full: A nice local race for me and as well organised as ever. No PB but was only 28 seconds outside last year's time. Thanks to all involved, especially the friendly marshalls who had to brave the elements. I've marshalled this one twice and so know what it's like. Will definitely be back next year. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Totally enjoyable In full: This is my second ASICS Kingston Breakfast Run and it was a very enjoyable experience. The start was a bit busy only cons were the left luggage was unsecured and the goody bags left a lot to be desired, which incidentally were just Asics bags with literature in them (what a waste of plastic!).
In short: Lovely scenery, fairly flat, but heat and wind a bit of an issue this year In full: Fantastic first half marathon. Lovely scenery, plenty of water/sponge stations, traffic not a problem, fairly flat(although what hills there were seemed to all come in the last 3 miles!). Heat a bit of an issue until mile 6, but then good neutral conditions until last 3miles against the wind. Appreciated the fruit at the finish. Quite a few supporters, but no-one clapped people as they finished!?!?!? (except me when I'd finished). I'll be back. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: My first "serious" 10k, a good experience. The day was a great advertisement for Lincoln; not such a good advertisement for Lincoln City Council organisers In full: (a) Pre-race pack - couldn't they run a spellcheck on it all? Riddled with mistakes and typos! Nothing catastrophic, but it looks unprofessional. Reading the map from the ring-road to the leisure centre was difficult. (b) Getting there - the road signs were good, and the car parking well organised if you were early. Thanks for that. A pity no thought had been given to how to get people out of the car park at the end of the day, but it was an opportunity to further unwind and reflect on the successes of the day... (c) The start - unavoidable delays, but well explained by the announcer. Shame about the non-runners at the front, but hard to stop the selfish ones being selfish. (d) During the race - MISERABLE race officials! Wouldn't have done them any harm to smile!! They are part of the "show". Spectators were encouraging. I liked the band outside the (?)BBC offices. Thanks for that! The water bottles were an unnecessary hazard - at least plastic drinks cups would have crushed underfoot: a water bottle could have wrecked my ankle. Not well thought through. (e) At/by the finish - The dreaded cobbles were nothing like as bad as I'd expected. The finish was relatively uncongested, and the crowds were great! Even the rain held off. (f) After the finish - sadly, a shambles! Poor signage meant it was difficult to find a space blanket quickly (and there was no mention that they would be available in the pre-race notes, so I carried a top round with me unnecessarily). It was quite easy to find my medal (EXCELLENT quality - thank you!!) But impossible to find the toilets. Poor quality race T-shirts: not many people wanted just ordinary cotton, and the Ts didn't sell well. (g) Leaving the grounds - if no other comment gets read, I hope this one does. CROWD CONTROL IN THE CASTLE AT THIS EVENT IS A TRAGEDY WAITING TO HAPPEN. The poor signs made it difficult to locate the exit. The exit was seriously obstructed by metal fence panels. There were no visible marshalls. If there was a security alert or panic at this point, there would be many injuries, because people could not get out: they could not even see where to get out. I am amazed that the Health and Safety experts on Lincoln City Council have allowed the organisers to get away with this. (h) Walking the ~2k back to the carpark - not as big a deal as I thought, an opportunity to chat with other runners (some complete strangers) (i) Very impressed at how quickly the results were on the websites, as promised. The chip worked for me, and I was really pleased to have an "official" time. And that was a personal best, stripping more than 3 min off my previous PB. Which was nice. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Excellent race despite the wind and the rain In full: An excellent race. Organisation was brilliant and the marshalls were all very encouraging and friendly - a huge thank you to them for standing out in the bleak conditions. The course was as flat as was made out in the details, and I'm sure next year will be much quicker for me. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Great route, very average organisation In full: Great training run. The written invormation provided wasn't very well thought out or concise. Would have helped if it had pointed out that this was 2 laps of the route (not very difficult to show on the map).
The start was pretty shambolic - just managed to get there before the hooter although i'd been on site for almost an hour. Very much a case of ask another runner rather than signage or instruction.
If i was the marketing manager of Asics i'd question what my money was spent on - branding etc, no medal - must be a small fee?
Overall, as a FLM training run excellent. Other than that, could do better as an event. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Does exactly what it says on the tin! In full: It was scenic and it was 6 miles! Nice atmosphere in the village hall pre & post race, lovely home-made cakes and a good cup of tea! The start was chaotic due to the slower runners having to start mixed in with the fun runners (mostly children)The conditions made it difficult as we were running into the wind and the rain for most of the race. I will be back next year if there weather perks up a bit! Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Very enjoyable race ! In full: As others have said, this really was a morning well spent ! A PB was out the window due to the wind but that didn't really matter. Good atmosphere, especially the last 1/2k - the band were great !! A definte race for next year. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Generall good and lovely scenery on tow path. Perhaps a touch busy. In full: Pros: Nice scenery. Good fast route and a great pre-marathon trainer. Good distribution of water stations and Lucozade. Good places near the river to have post run breakfast slap-up (and pint).
Cons: Perhaps a touch busy, especially on first loop. Post race was pretty chaotic, especially with regards to left luggage. Needs to be a little more organised and secure if taking additional funds from the runners I think. Goody bag and memento were terrible. B&W mug that didn't even distinguish between 16 & 8 mile races - that's a touch on the tight side.
Definitely worth doing though. I'd certainly have another bash at this. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Start and finish area were poorly organised, race was ok. In full: Most people have said everything I wanted to say but here goes anyway.
The start was dreadful, I appreciate that the race is 8.2 miles and this is an unusal distance but most runners would have some idea as to how long they would take, even sub 1hr / over 1hr markers would have helped with lining everyone up. Everyone mixed in together realy made the start awkward and all this seemed surprising when the organisers had gone to so much trouble to highlight posts within the shopping area. Having said that why do people who know they're not fast insist on standing at the front!!
If the start had been better organised then the river route (which is great) would have been much easier to run. The field was still sorting it's self out and as a result people were all over the place - it didn't help with it raining the night before with everyone avoiding the puddles as well.
Anyway things settled down and the running was enjoyable if not over too many broken paving slabs. The water station on the grass was a bit tricky, again due to the rain!!
The finish had no clock - or I didn't see it, either way not great when you're finishing.
The finish channels weren't long enough at the end and it was not obvoius where to go after this - free lucuozade was most welcome - bag store was badly set up and very vulnerable to theft. A few more barriers and a clear entrance would have helped with this.
All this said it is an enjoyable run if not a little crazy at the start. Public support at the finish was very welcome. With a few minor touches it could be great, i.e. please sort out the start for next time!!!!!!!!! Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: If only every race were like this.. In full: This is a superb race. Beautiful and quiet course; start and finish near the train station; extremely well marshalled; clear mile markers and good water stations; easy and free online sign-up; and fruit at the end. The organisers and volunteers should all be very proud! Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Flat, relatively fast, reasonably well-organized In full: Start was well organized amidst the pedestrian shopping streets. Local shops open early. Good information provided about parking and loos - well set up. Decent sized crowds but not overly so. For a runner of the full 16 miles course, the 1st and 3rd quarter of the race were brilliant - on a packed dirt track along the river & Hampton Court Palace. Second & the 4th quarters were not impressive, as very narrow concrete paths became jammed with slow runners moving in pairs or 3 abreast, and passing them required running in very soft, muddy, uneven grass. Well managed water and fueling stations. Finish was well organized also. On the whole, a very good experience - and very, very close to a GREAT FLM training race. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: 3rd Time - and will keep coming back ... In full: ...until I break that blasted 1:30 barrier! Great organisation, and very friendly. Like to say thanks to all the marshalls I couldn't thank on route for lack of breath. Roads were lovely a quite (closed?) Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: enjoyable race, not good for looking for a p.b though. Very undulating. In full: Good enjoyable race, well organised and well marshalled. Tough course not exactly p.b potential. One gripe though,entry on the day £15 is far too expensive. Date of review: April 3, 2006