In short: didnt expect it to be so hard In full: i was seriously misguided about this race. i turned up thinking it was a tough 10k road and paths race.mind you after 1 mile it was all to clear it was not my day. especially seeig a group of santas climbing up the hill in front of me.but i will be back again. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: If it wasn't a flat pb course, would anyone bother? In full: The good points for this race are that it is flat and fast. Also, as my "home" 10K it is easy for me to get to.
However, now the bad points!
Why did they change the start from last year to a narrower road? Why did they change the finish so it was so chaotic? Please sort these things out - it is not difficult to do it well. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: Fantastic scenery and a great 10K In full: This was my first time at the 10K, and I am hooked. Somehow the driving snow/sleet made it even more enjoyable. Wonderful scenery and a fast course - managed to set a new pb by over a minute.
This race is certainly on my calendar for next year. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: Great Race In full: Good course - I enjoyed seeing all the elite runners and the speed they were going at as they came towards you. Nice Medal and weel organised - Plenty of parking and toilets too. Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: Why all the dead rabbits? In full: Great race, great organisation, great fun. Simply a must do event in a runners calendar. Quite why there were so many half eaten dead rabbits in the last kilometre is anyones guess. Hello to the blonde with "8.3.02" whom I ran with some of the way....... Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: Tough ,a few 'good' hills, mud and water mixed in with a short road section and part of the Tarka trail, goody bag at the end made a change from the usual t-shirt.Cold showers sorted out the sweat ! Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: Great race, cheap and excellent "long sleve" t-shirt in 2004. In full: I ran the 2004 race. It was well run, it takes you out on the lanes from newport, very flat with only one or two minor climps - nothing really. This is one for a PB .
I dont know if they will do the same t-shirt again but the one in 2004 was one of the best designed ones I have had. Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: Great scenery, slightly undulating course, friendly and great fun. Well worth the long drive. In full: Fantastic views all the way, just a shame the wintry weather set in. A bit slippy underfoot and my hair froze, but I can't blame the organisers for that! I would have liked markers at each km to pace myself. Definitely back next year. Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: glorious weather and frozen ground stopped my feet sinking in the mud In full: Late arrival and hearing the start hooter whilst still tying my laces and pulling meant top on didn't bode well. Still managed to run well and loved it . Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: Great day out in a wonderful setting In full: Very strange distance markers - only 1, 2, 5 and 6 miles marked rather than kms. Undulating but runnable course. Friendly marshalls even in the driving snow. Great day out. Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: Good atmosphere back in the club house...with great tea and bacon butties ! In full: the race venue was well sign posted from just off the Mway junction with plenty of friendly marshalls as we got close to the sports centre to guide us to the ample parking places.
The sports centre had plenty of room to get changed, and even smelt like a proper winter event venue...that unique mixture of wet towels, sweat and wintergreen linament found in real sports centres every where. It was bitterly cold but there was plenty of common sense shown by the organisers in keeping veryone inside until the last possible moment, then it was straight down to the start and we were off into the dense fog.
Despite visibility that got down to less than 50 yards (not metres...I am a Vet) the event was well marshalled and there was no chance of getting lost as we pounded through the lanes and round the local airfield.
The finish was well organised with the prizes right by the end of the funnel which was comfortably close to the club house not get cold. The final touch was to serve hot cups of teas and bacon butties...very welcome.
I have done a few larger events (2000-3000 runnrs)in the last couple of years and this was my first small local race (approx. 200-300 runners). The whole atmosphere was very welcoming and this race has set the standard for my expectations for other smaller local events and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I will be back next year. Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: Great race well organised good t-shirts and pudding - not a PB course In full: This is not a race for a PB, you start to go up the big dipper - the largest sand dune in europe (so i am told by other runners!). this makes the start very slow for all but the speedy runners. It took me about 10 minutes to start running then 40 for the rest of the race (normal 10k time 40-42mins) it really depends on the start. Apart from that hill its not actually that hilly(compared to many hilly races) . so the PB comment is based on the start. You get wet in the last 1 k so be warned you run through 3 streams but the entrace form does warn you of this.
In short: Best race of the year! In full: I loved this race. PB Potential - absolutely zero as the hills as extremely sharp and up pretty slippy rocks, but who cares with the scenery and the great atmosphere.
Good for slower runners like me too, as I don't think many could run up those rocks so there were long stretches where you could get your running feet back.
Very well organised and the best race I've done all year. Date of review: December 18, 2005