In short: Good course and facilities (ie leisure centre.) its got 1 hard climb out of the town which the fitter people can easily manage to stay runing. Senic in the wood lands. Its not an cross country type race with streams/ but there are a few styles. In full: Generally a good course usefull for a good sunday workout. I think local rugby clubs use this as a start of season get fit race which keeps it a good atmosphere.
The only - ve point is t-shirts only for the first 50. At £10 entry, i would have minded an extra 2 pound for a shirt. Thats a bit mean for us slower runners. Would not put me of running again but it gets a few -ves points for that. Date of review: July 31, 2005
In short: I ran this race in 2005 but cannot select that year on the ratings form...This race had a number of very negative ratings which have all disappeared. Is it a computer glitch or is there something to hide In full: The marshalls went walkabout and ruined what might have been quite a pleasant race. It's the simple things that make or break a race and when you let the lead runners go for an extra couple of K you do ruin the race. Date of review: July 31, 2005
In short: Fairly well organised 10k, needs some tweaking In full: 3 laps around Victoria park, with around 1000 runnners. Pancake flat. Parking was difficult but then it is Central London, but the directions to the car park on the instructions took you to space that accomodated about 30 cars....you do the math for 1000 runners!
Could do with a lead bike as the fast front runners were hampered by back markers from as early as the start of lap 2.
Lots of water and sponges and free bag storage, although had to wait in a queue for 20 minutes to get my bag back.
All in all I don't think I'll make this one of my regulars..... Date of review: July 31, 2005
In short: A pleasant, flat, traffic-free course with a wide range of abilities taking part In full: Being down the road from me and pretty much flat this appealed as someone trying to get down from 53 minutes to a sub-50 10k. I managed it just. Very friendly atmosphere. Cool weather made it even better. Date of review: July 31, 2005
In short: great race, thanks gravy boys! In full: A great first Gravy 6 of what I hope will be many. Fab scenery, fab marshals - agree with pervious reviewer - really positive encouragement even for those of us at the back! Was a bit worried that all competitors would be of the NBLG standard- unlike myself- but am reassured. The friendliness of everyone put my mind at rest. Thanks to all the NBLG, excellent organisation. Date of review: July 31, 2005
In short: Top race, good marshalls, bargain price! In full: A really good race. Mostly undulating/flat trail with a killer short hill with 2km to go. Well organised with marshalls that gave encouraging words at the right places. Ground under foot a bit rocky at times but I managed. Only thing missing is the medal, but for the price I ain't going to complain too much. Date of review: July 31, 2005
In short: Excellent race, friendly and well organised In full: Really nice race through the park, well organised and a good quality t-shirt (although too long for a woman so will be added to my nightdress collection) Very Friendly and flat. No chance of getting lost as there are so many runners you won't be left on your own. and 7K is a good distance to encourage beginners to try a race. Date of review: July 31, 2005
In short: a good small mix of club & beginners In full: This race series is a perfect introduction for beginners and allows club runners great attempts at PB's as the course is as Races lengthen from 2M to 4M over three months.
Scenery comes as standard in this part of Cardiff.
Organisation is improving all the time. (3rd year = 9 races?)
[Those looking for souvenirs (T-shirts, bottles, medals, car stickers etc, etc) should stay away. You should run for the enjoyment rather than a cheap reward as it adds to the cost of entering races!]
In short: Run it, you'll love it, and maybe wear a bridal gown too... In full: Very pleasant, relaxed atmosphere. Nice to run in my club colours for the first time and perform reasonably well. It's a quick course, and it's round my training ground too, so nice and familiar. Warm evening, deer munching away in parts of the ground and well organised and well marshalled. Great value considering the quality of the t-shirt, the effort put into the race and all for £6!! Baggage tents, maps and information galore. Absolute bargain. Shame there was no Sonia O'Sulivan to see the back of in this race, I was hoping she'd be there. Wonderfully relaxing post race atmosphere outside cricket club waiting for results with music and cheer. Good humour and definitely one to recommend and do again next year! Date of review: July 30, 2005
In short: A very nice way to spend a Friday evening In full: But why does the race always feel so hard? Its flat, nice to look at, great marshalls, lots of people to run with, friendly. It should be a walk in the park and yet every runner I spoke to always says the same! Nevertheless, cooler temperatures meant a nicer experience this year. Date of review: July 30, 2005