In short: Hills! Scary to go up, and scary to come down! Great fun though. In full: Great organisation, good atmosphere, tough course for road runners who take 'undulating' to mean mountain-free! Date of review: February 27, 2005
In short: A thoroughly enjoyable run In full: This was the first time i'd run this race although I am a regular runner in Bushy Park. Slightly biased as a member of Stragglers but I found it punctual, excellently marshalled, well marked out and very friendly throughout.
The unexpected long sleeved Cabbage Patch tee-shirt for extra warmth was a nice touch at the end as well.
An extremely scenic course which would have looked all the better for a bit of sun on the morning.
A good, low key, well run event. Very much recommended.
In short: in one word, a disaster! In full: This is my 5th year at the Daffodil race, and i certainly wont be entering again. Start delayed for the 2nd year. Good idea for an aerobics session beforehand, but shame we had to spend 20 mins standing in the biting wind after he had finished warming us all up! Tannoy unhearable, and positioned as far as possible from the start line! Nice challenging course, but thats about it imm afraid. I trained loads for this event, and worked hard for the first 5 miles but as Justin says the last 1000m was a joke. As I came through the courtyard at the top of the hill, I had to nearly stop as I thought I had gone the wrong way. A member of the public obviously noticed my confusion and directed me among the dwindling half-marathoners for my final 800m to the finish. Having tried to work my way though the conjested finish straight, I gave up not wanting to barge through and upset those running in memory of people that they had lost through cancer. I have no idea what time I finished in, probably well outside the 42mins I was well on track for until the end.
Oh, and they didnt even give me a goody bag or medal for my efforts!
I think in future I'll just donate a tenner to the charity as opposed to entering the race!
Id say that the only thing I cant blame on the organisers is the blister on my big toe. Date of review: February 27, 2005
In short: Undulating course which is typical of the terrain around Bolton. More interesting than the flat runs the hill on Lostock Lane no worse than that at the Bolton 10K but a little longer maybe.Good local run. Date of review: February 27, 2005
In short: Long, long hills, nothing picturesque, but well organised and prompt results service. In full: One small lap and two large laps, the hills are long and energy sapping. Busy, lots of traffic but well marshalled. Good support around Ashton Fields itself. Prompt results on the day and a nice, solid medal to finish. Date of review: February 27, 2005
In short: Very well organised and very good support.Good to see some new faces as well. In full: Hopefully this will become a permanent fixture (I notice that a date has already been set for next year). Even got home in time to do some ironing ! Date of review: February 27, 2005
In short: The worst organised race ever. An absolute shambles. In full: The organisation of this race was a farce. The 10k was delayed by over 20 mins, I could`nt hear the tannoy/announcements/ gun/starter even tho I was standing at the start.There were no km/mile markers. I had to run the last 500 metres thru the 1000s that had just started the delayed half marathon. Ruined a PB. I had to try & sprint thru the halfmarathon starters. I did`nt know, who was in front/behind me in the 10k race. Its a shame, as its for a good cause, but unless you are a fun/charity runner, give it a miss. It was a runners nightmare. Just glad that I did`nt opt to do the half/m. That was delayed by over 30 mins. Late arrivals for the 10k, had to start with the half/m runners. The lead car had 7 seconds on the clock, before we realised the 10k race had started. Dont know how they are going to sort the official times out, prob be all wrong. Will never do this run again. Date of review: February 27, 2005
In short: Fantanstic! My first race and I enjoyed it. very friendly. In full: Nice touch to have a 10 minute warm up session with army fitness instructors. its was very light hearted and enjoyable all round. Date of review: February 27, 2005
In short: Flat, competitive, dark In full: Flat as a sat-on pancake, so you basically fly along the seafront. Very, very fast start, so be warned about fast pace. Also, it's dark, and everywhere looks the same, so it's hard to judge where you are. Very violent racing too - a lot of shoving and cutting-in. Date of review: February 27, 2005