In short: Great course let down by poor organisation. In full: This is the second time I have done this race and they really need to improve the water stations [lots of cups but no water].The water station at 8 miles has to to be one of, if not the worst I have come accross in over 20 years of competitive running.It is also the first time I have finished a race and there has been no water at the end. Orange lucozade is no replacement and just makes some runners feel bad. I won't say much about the "lucky bag" medal which has found its way into the dustbin, though the sweets were nice for the journey home. It is a shame that such a race has fallen well below the standard one would normaly expect. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Very poor organization In full: I have to agree with almost everything that has been said already. I was lucky to have finished before the "jam" at the end had really built up. How on earth are they going to record peoples times? Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Think most of it's already been said... In full: Just wanted to add my ratings. For the guy who's worried about the full Marathon don't be. That event is in a different league. Main gripes were the lack of chip, lack of t-shirt, lack of drinks, lack of space on the course and lack of organisation at the finish line. Have done first time events before (including Coventry last year - disorganised but you could tell they were trying and it will be better this year). There really is no excuse for yesterday in a city this size. Must try harder next time... Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: If only I'd worn my fell shoes... In full: Fantastic race, really well organised. Had mild panic attack at start when thought I should have worn fell shoes but had decided against given the distance and recent dry weather...ho hum..still, 16 deeply muddy miles later I finished feeling exhilarated, had such a great time will definately be back - it's character building stuff!! Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Good race, shame about the traffic In full: I would definitely do the race again, mainly because it’s a good distance and time for FLM but it’s not my favourite. I don't like the 6 mile loop you have to do twice and I hated the traffic that built up. By 10am, there were lots of cars trying to pass and it became annoying. One girl had her water bottle knocked out of her hand by a wing mirror. The race could also do with at least one more water station.
On the up-side, good organisation at the start and finish. Plenty of toilets, friendly marshalls and a well marked course. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Well Organised, Friendly and scenic run In full: Bedfordshire has a fine selection of road races, many put on by the local clubs. Biggleswade AC does a great job. Marshalls friendly and effective (no problems at road crossing) as you would expect as a number are RW forumites as well ! Sometimes get hugs from the water marshalls :-)Decent goodies, very good price and if only they could have prevented the gale in the finising quarter mile, it would have been perfect ! Not an easy race but well worth doing Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: More Marshals Required otherwise a pretty good race. In full: Overall I was pleased as I ran my quickest time for 3 years. The hill wasn't too taxing and the conditions were good. My only gripe is the lack of marshalls at certain junctions. On 3 occaisons, I had to scoot across the road in front of cars without a marshall to be seen- once in front of a bus!!!
PS Nice cake at the end Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Was this a road race or an obstacle course??? In full: There can't be many spare cones left in Scotland as they seemed to be every 2metres for the 1st. half of this so called race. Am beginning to dread the full marathon in june in edinburgh if this is the type of organisation to expect. Was using this as a training run, thank god. Don't mention on course toilets to me, couldn't find any. The routes shown to get access where gridlocked by 08:15, (Ferry Rd.) had to ditch car in Industrial Estate as was never going to get to start if using offical car parks. Loops during run totally demoralising, the one @ 12miles was criminal. I managed to run across the finish line into the ensuing shambles, not a happy bunny. Won't be back to savour this event for a long time. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Organisers should be banned from this event next year In full: Everyone else has said it all I think. Imagine having to wait in a crowd to cross the finish line. Official times will be about 20 mins after we crossed the line. I cramped up in the wait to be processed for a time, water, banana and empty goody bag. Im sure some will suffer injury and illness after the long wait in the cold. Never ever again. As somebody else said, What happened to our cash? Next year may be better, but lets face it, they couldn't do any worse if they tried Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Very enjoyable out-and-back run along cycle path from Morecambe through Lancaster along the River Lune. In full: A perfect pre-FLM run. Frequent water stations, nice marshalls, and only a couple of short stretches on open roads. Will definitely return again. Sincere thanks to the organisers: you should be proud of your event (and long may it continue). Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Could do much better In full: Disappointing outing, poor organisation; agree with all previous sentiments - did not represent good value at all. One of the poorest races I've ever done and it was practically on my doorstep. Date of review: March 27, 2006