In short: Poorly organised high potential lo VFM race In full: Where do you start? Chips and registrations still going on after the official start time, race goes off and no mat to cross so it's gun to chip finish and it took ages to get going through a start line you struggled to see. Tight course, hot day and guess what, no water at the first advertised water mark, then we get it, the only one at 6k not 7 as detailed.No timer anywhere out on the route. Running down to the stadium the lane is so narrow that two abreast means you can't pass without going out of the cones and potentially into traffic/crowds. The stadium exit isn't marshalled so people are walking through the actual race lane as they leave, some dehydrated runners unknowingly. Wow, a certificate at the end. Applied on-line, paid the extra I seem to remember to use on-line back in June, don't recall being asked for PandP for the T-shirt, could be my fault, but met no other on-line entrant who got one, could be me. Very poor marshalling at the end but thankfully we all celebrated with some water. What a joke. This is quite a good course,scenic in places, but tight in many parts, still with high potential for a PB. great day out marred too many times and left feeling slightly cheated by the organisers despite running a reasonable race. No one could answer the queries on the chip, on the T-shirt and no-one seemed to know where to hand in the envelope and money for the results as requested on the back of the info sheet sent out. Hmmmmm! Date of review: September 5, 2004
In short: 2 very steep hills, one through thick woods make this very challenging, not much chance of a PB. Worth the effort for the views of the Severn Estuary. The race is well organised and lots for non-runners to do whilst waiting. Date of review: September 5, 2004
In short: Clear indication of where runners and walkers should be at the start. In full: The walkers were in front of many runners at the start! Needs to be information (clearly indicated and reinforced by organisers) at the start.Many people wanted to run and were unable to. Date of review: September 5, 2004
In short: Great race but maybe 2 lines for runners and non-runners In full: As per usual this is my annual fun run as it's too crowded to try for a PB. Despite the requests the walkers/strollers were all over the shop instead of sticking to the right. I wonder if it wouldn't be possible to divide the route into 2 lanes? I'll be there next year again as the post-race beer/lager and chips has become a bit of a tradition *lol* Date of review: September 5, 2004
In short: okay In full: very poorly thought out; bottlenecks in places forced runners outside the course cordons. this meant that runners had to either stop or run outside the official route in places.
In short: Great weather (maybe a bit too hot), great stadium (except that the loos were too far from the start), great city ...shame about the organisation. In full: The achingly slow start (caused by a bottleneck at a right-angled turn about 250m from the start), searing heat and lack of water stations ruined any chance for a quick time. The second lap was a little repatative but the finish in the stadium was (probably) worth the effort. Date of review: September 5, 2004
In short: Needs attention to detail In full: Ran it last year...had a great race and a PB, no problems at all. This year, however the organisation seemed to be a little below par. Too many entries on the day meant that the start was delayed, no medals for the kids in the 2k race and worst of all only one water station on a very hot day...too little too late in the race. I got a tshirt but apparently if you entered online (costing you more) you didn't get a tshirt.
On the plus side, plenty of toilets with no queues, clear KM markers and a nice finish in the Millenium Stadium.
I still like the race, but the organisers need to take note of criticisms. Date of review: September 5, 2004
In short: Good race, needs more martials and watering stations. In full: I enjoyed the race as it was a flat, fast course and the finish inside the Millenium Satadium was fun. But, as it was a very hot day, they promised 2 watering stations (at about 2.5k and 5k) but there was only 1 at about the 6k mark. Didn't close off the roads in time at the start, had to run around cars and almost got run over by a bus. Also, they were too slow giving out water at the end of the race. The race needs more marshals. Fix these problems and it will be a very good race! Date of review: September 5, 2004
In short: It is hard to run/jog around, as the walkers seem intent on taking up the whole width of the course. If people started in orders that were appropriate to their potential finish times, it might have helped. Date of review: September 5, 2004
In short: Second year of doing this. Excellent In full: Again a lot of effort has been put in to ensure that this was as enjoyable as possible, allowing for the running over sand-dunes :o) Date of review: September 5, 2004
In short: Well organised with plenty of marshalls In full: On a very hot day like today, this race was well organised with water @ every mile & marshalls @ junctions. Didn't notice any problems - so it all worked like clockwork.Well done to organisation. Date of review: September 5, 2004
In short: Lovely dappled woods, fairly hilly & slippery in places. Not many slowpokes like me at the end but marshalls were wonderfully supportive. In full: This was my first 10k in about 10 years so seriously worried about being stone last. Once I started though, the dappled wooods, grassy knolls and not to mention, Highclere Castle itself, soon took my mind off being last. This is certainly a multi-terrain course with some fairly boggy bits despite the fact that the weather was gorgeous. Possibly starting a little earlier, 10am instead of 10:30am, would have been easier particularly for the back of the field as it was seriously hot coming in after 1 hr 18 min! Organisation was very smooth although I was a little disappointed not to receive the free t-shirt (they had run out) which apparently is to be posted. Thanks to all the cheerful marshalls and small crowd that cheered us on. Definetly worth doing again next year... Date of review: September 5, 2004