In short: good scenery ,well organised In full: Certainly not flat as advertised but not hilly either one steady slope for about a k with a couple of sharp short hills in it The organisation was good apart from the pre-race brief the guy giving it was trying to shout and was not heard by most. A PA would be ideal. Overall very enjoyable depends whats on this time next year as to whether I do it again.
In short: Brilliant! Beautiful and friendly run. In full: Excellent event, well organised and good value. Very scenic route, mildly undulating along the Mull coast. Race representatives meet you of the ferry (45mins from Oban), all transport laid on (baggage to finish, you back to ferry. Plenty of time to enjoy the event, watch the junior races (brilliant) and the prize giving. Weather was superb this year so the water points every three miles were very welcome. Excellent value for £10 (T shirt, medal, bus, coastguard escort! etc) Very friendly, finished at a hotel pub! Recommended. Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: One huge hill to start with then lovely moorland and woodland before going back down the initial hill. In full: This was my first ever 'away' race and the first hill is a real killer one I certainly underestimated. It's the first time ever I've had to walk before 1Km! but everyone else was too so I don't feel too bad. The scenery is fantastic, from the sea view to the heather on the moorland. However be aware of real ankle twisting potential in the woods with mud, roots and dappled shade and on the final descent which is impossible to do slowly. There were lots of marshals around the course, although a few more supportive 'cheers' would have been nice (I'm a back runner so they may have been getting bored by the time I came passed) The weather was perfect dry & sunny but not too hot (Mid August heat and that hill could have been a killer combination) and being able to follow the run with a dip in the sea was a real treat. I was very dissappointed that the promised t-shirts were in fact 'baseball caps' but for the price it's a good race. Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: Nice way to spend a summer evening! In full: Was staying with family in South Wales and thought I'd give this a try. Did the Swansea Bay 10k a couple of years back and actually enjoyed this mini-version of it better. Made a pleasant change for someone who lives nowhere near the coast nowadays and would definitely recommend it to anyone who lives within reasonable distance of the Swansea area. I think they do 3 summer 5ks over this course, and I reckon it would be a really good way to gauge your fitness by comparing times for all 3. Although there were mainly club runners on show, I reckon it's also a perfectly good course for beginners or "fun-runners" who want to keep in shape over the summer months. Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: Too hot again, but good day out. In full: Struggled with the heat again and possibly could do with even earlier start time, given the weather of last 2 years. Disappointed with my time (I stopped to walk once), but again thought it was a very friendly race and well organised. Tremendous value for money compared to most other runs I've done - another decent t-shirt this year. Drink stations are well manned and in good positions with regard to the race. Also nice touch to hear your name read out on the tannoy when finishing on the athletics track! Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: I really enjoyed this (although my legs tell a different story!) In full: No real hills, in terms of gradient, although quite a few uphill drags along the way. Nice route through Somerleyton Hall, which I am sure is lovely if I hadn't been too knackered at that point to look properly. A couple of the mile markers were a little off I thought, but don't really care too much about that.
Well marshalled, and plenty of drinking stations, and the sponges were very welcome.
And, best of all, the first race I have done where the queue for the ladies at the race HQ was shorter than the mens! Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: Not flat but good fun In full: As mnay others said, was definitely on the undulating side, but I still managed to get a PB so I'm pretty chuffed! Hadn't realised that only pre-booked people got the t-shirt, but for someone organising a race for the first time they couldn't really have estimated how many people would turn up on the day, I wouldn't have thought?
Marshalling and general orgnaisation very good, and atmosphere good for both fast people and us slow coaches at the back. Nice countryside too. If I wasn't about to move up north, I'd do it again next year. Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: Very British and very friendly In full: Was part of village fete and had lovely rural Britsh atmosphere. Funh spot prizes were a nice touch, and the only down side was almost becoming a casualty of the welly throwing competition next to the finishing line! Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: Good race but no momento In full: Exc race overall, got a 10k pb though not entirely flat (but where is?) could do with a momento...a cheap medal would work wonders! Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: The course was definately not flat but not challenging either and as my first 10K I was faster than I expected given recent injury problems. All road surfaces were good and traffic was very light. Plenty of encouragement for us at the back! Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: Well organised, good facilities and parking, started on time and very well marshalled but certainly was not flat. Why advertise a "Flat" race when I think every runner would agree it wasn't. Will think twice about running it again. Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: Good for hill training ! In full: This race was advertised as flat... NOT. So was a bit surprised, and couldn't achieve a PB there. But lovely scenery and good facilities, worth the trip. Managed to get a T-shirt only because I went back to HQ after my (cold) shower even though I'd registered online. Thank you to all the marshalls and organisers, good effort, a little better for next year ?? Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: Fantastic - a Race for everyone - 10K to Marathon! In full: This event is excellent. A Walk and a Run, a 10k, 20K, 30k, 40k and a Marathon. There is something for everyone in this event from Beginner to Veteran! I recommend this event to everyone and will be suggesting it to my Running club!
My only SLIGHT disappointment was that the medal given to the runners has 'Walk' stamped on it. Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: Wind and water stations! In full: There was virtually a water station every mile! Apart from a downpour in the first mile the rain held out. It was quite windy in some places though, which you can never make back up. Just an average race really which I probably wouldn't return to if it wasn't near my home town of Lincoln. Nothing special about it! Date of review: August 15, 2005