In short: Cold & confused at the start;happy but confused during the race In full: This was my first 10k and really enjoyed the experience in spite of being held for 20 ins at the starting line in penguin condition and not having any distance markers on the route. A big thanks to all the on-site volunteers who did their best but the organization and PA system need beefing up for next year! Date of review: February 27, 2005
In short: Fantastic fundraiser, terribly organised. In full: Its the worse organised race that i have ever raced, very daunting as 10 minutes before the race i was told there was no mile markers on route,i was hoping for a pb and ran one of the worse half marathons in a long time. Freezing cold waiting at the start, couldnt hear the start just everyone shouting 3 2 1 go!! What a joke! I came 2nd lady and recieved a nice trophy and a £10 voucher! I would donate the money rather than run this race again. I am running for Cancer at the London Marathon this year. Date of review: February 27, 2005
In short: Good cause, poorly run. In full: While I feel guilty for critisizing the volunteers who made this race possible there is no getting away from how calamitous the race was.Competitors were kept waiting for half an hour in the cold wind for the race to start.Something needs to be done about the motorbikes which continually plagued the runners in the leading pack.An exhaust pipe under your nose is not nice at all!Bikers please keep away and use your common sense.The route had no mile markers and the whole event felt badly organised.Will think hard before coming next year.Sending a donation seems easier.
In short: Tough run with a sense of fun. Cracking In full: Beautiful course, great fun, lovely marshalling, had a ball. The only downer was the long delay at the start - but the runners in the baggage queue were grateful Date of review: February 27, 2005
In short: Worthy cause, badly organised, waiting 20 mins in the cold for late commers and no mile/km markers. On last half mile impeded by the poor soles just starting out on the half marathon. In full: This being first run of the season after Christmas, I was again left waiting in the bitter cold for the organisers to start us...as per last year. Why do those who arrive on time have to suffer for those who are late. 20 mins is a long time when your muscles are cooling. Off we eventually went round a quite undulating and challenging course open to the elements with a cutting wind. I would have enjoyed it even more if there had been mile/km markers. Where were they?? Anyway around the finishing straight the next obstacle was to weave in between the back of the half marathon field who were even later leaving. Bit difficult to do a strong finish when you keep coming up against 4 a breast joggers. Very frustrating, very annoying, at least the season can only get better. Will think long and hard if I'm to do this next year!! Date of review: February 27, 2005
In short: The organisers had the best of intentions... but the athletes suffered for it! In full: The organisers had the best of intentions... but the runners suffered for it! The route was changed due to the weather making the conditions difficult... but that meant that there were no mile-markers throughout the course. It also created confusion over the start position. The delayed start was just an added disappointment... However, the friendliness of the 'helpers' around the route, and of the other athletes, did go some way to redeeming the situation. Date of review: February 27, 2005
In short: Circle the white horses tail In full: Not a race to enter if you want a pb. Great hills and too many walkers who slow you up if you want to run. However, the atmosphere, organisation and general feel of the event was more than worth any negative comments that ever could be made. Groovy marshalls and even a guy trying to look like Arnie.... next year I wanna see him run it. Not many races involve circling the white horse! Will be back next year. Date of review: February 27, 2005