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
In short: No mememto it's true, but a good course. In full: I agree with the comments about the lack of memento for runners who paid on the day, but then I entered early and so got a T-shirt.
I thought the course was about as flat as you could get in that part of the world, but I still couldn’t get a PB, over a minute away. Setting it in a school did give access to great facilities, and no long haul from the car park to the start, or race HQ etc.
And ref the comments about the organiser taking the profit and it not going to charity, I’ve been told that the organiser is trying to get to the stage where he can make a living from race organisation. I imagine the race was priced to ensure he didn’t get caught holding the bag.
We should be happy about this because it will mean more races around for us to compete in, and hopefully it will mean that a certain amount of ‘polish’ is brought to the event. Too many times runners have complained about poor organisation, lack of facilities etc etc brought on by inexperienced organisers. Well if you want the best you have to pay for it!!
Many thanks to the marshals and everyone involved.
I do wonder if the marshals were volunteers, or if they had to be paid???????????????
In short: Fantastic event In full: A huge number of Formula 1 marshalls in attendance, great music and commentry, T shirt that you can wear and free food thrown in too. Book early for next year..... Date of review: August 15, 2005