In short: Well organised race In full: Easy parking next to the start in the market multi storey. Water stations every 2.5km. Completely traffic free and well marshalled (enthusiastically). Pens at the start of the race and a good atmosphere.
The steep drops with sharp corners then the climb back to the end of the lap mean a PB is unlikely, but that shouldn't matter.
A good reception at the end of each lap and suitable for beginner and experienced. Worth entering. Date of review: July 11, 2005
In short: Wicked race with wicked hills In full: Excellent race, good atmosphere with a real mix of people and abilities. Not a PB course due to few tough hills which zapped the energy from legs, esp. on the second lap! Date of review: July 11, 2005
In short: A hilly mix of town and park, hard work but worth it In full: An enjoyable race, hard work getting up the hills at the back end of the route. Good atmosphere with it starting in the town centre and attracts a lot of spectators. The park and river parts take away from the fact your in the middle of Preston. Not a PB route but worth the work when you've finished. Date of review: July 11, 2005
In short: enjoyable race that! In full: I enjoyed it but I have to agree that to only have one drinks station per lap (which didnt have water available, so far as I could see) with gatorade given out, in that heat, was, indeed criminal. But great to see Daley Thompson there to start it, shame the start gun refused to work - twice! all in all, a good race and I would do it again, although the hills were a little surprising I felt? Date of review: July 11, 2005
In short: The heat and the hills outwayed by fantastic support and great organisation In full: A really good city centre race. The loop into the park was a great contrast against the start and finish in the heart of the city. Great support down the finishing straight which had to be one of the best I have ever run down. Definitely back next year. Hats off to Preston. Date of review: July 11, 2005
In short: My 1st ever race. It was very enjoyable. In full: The course was pretty flat with only a few small undulations. Weather was glorious, although a little bit hot for running, and there was a great atmosphere. I ran this to raise money for charity, but it has made me really think about taking up running. Date of review: July 11, 2005
In short: This is the second time I have run in this event and I would rate it as my favourite 10K course In full: In 2001 I ran in this event and posted my first ever 10K time. I was actually a full four minutes slower this time around but I attribute that more to insufficent training than the hot day. Overall, I would recommend this event to anyone. The race is run on many different terrains, with much of it in Tilgate Forest. The organisation from the marshals was good too. One thing I would say - and this hasn't changed in four years -is that the KM markers are not evenly spaced, making it incredibly difficult to pace yourself. Apparently I recorded a time of 4 minutes for the 2nd and 8th KM and 7 minutes for the 5th and 7th!! Date of review: July 11, 2005
In short: BRING YOU SUNGLASSES AND A HAT! In full: My local race. %th time and slowest yet. Very well organised. Top class goody bag with a medal and a t-shirt this year. Always hot but plently of water stations. Nice run in and finish. A really nice race. Date of review: July 11, 2005
In short: Good organisation, well marshalled, good support and a monster hill. In full: Very good event. Bit too hot, but hardly their fault. The spectators with buckets of water and garden hoses were life savers. Good tip is to hang onto a sponge and dip into the water on the way. Hill in the first mile is a STEEP but after that good course. Good medal and shirt and mars bar. Take note other events. Date of review: July 11, 2005
In short: more water needed in the very hot weather In full: Overall a freindly good organised event. A possible fast course on a cooler day but it's normally hot for this race so you would expect an extra water station in these conditions. Date of review: July 11, 2005
In short: Great! In full: Always love the Race for Lifes.. they converted me to a runner a few years ago. Great atmosphere, yeah the marshalls were a bit dull but hey! The crowd were great, as were the other runners. This was a lovely almost flat course on grass, could be speedy if you start near the front. Great for beginners too. Do it! Date of review: July 11, 2005
In short: Hot, Hot, Hot narrow lanes Lovely countryside, Great marshalling. Friendly well organised In full: This is an established well organised race through the East Kent countryside. The Country lanes are exposed and trap the heat. The road was melting in places this year. There are a few sharp inclines and tight bends that tend to break up your rythm. The country lanes are almost completely devoid of traffic. I saw more marshals than cars. If you are looking for a summer 10K put this one on your calendar for next year. Date of review: July 11, 2005