In short: The Worlds Largest Fun Run In full: A great weekend away, lots of shopping, food etc. Also too many runners and parts of course too narrow. Repatriation congested and needs a re-think. A PB here, if you are an average runner, is hard as there are too many slow runners forward in the field. However remember that what it really is, is an elite race followed by a charity fun run. Treat is as this and you will not be disappointed. Date of review: April 17, 2005
In short: good race, poor start off In full: toilet facilities were not very good, and I felt the start was a little unorganised apart from that the rest of the course was OK Date of review: April 17, 2005
In short: Not one for the PB seekers but worth a go. In full: I found this race quite tough but this was mainly due to the 1st half being in a headwind which slowed us down. I felt the start was a bit odd making runners go through a little gate and im sure the 1st KM marker was wrong by at least 200 mtrs if not more. Never the less its a race that i would do again just for the slightly more challanging 10KM course put not a PB course. Date of review: April 17, 2005
In short: Awful Race would never do this again. In full: I ran this in 65 minutes by which time they had run out of water and goody bags etc at the finish, was punishing to us beginners. Would definitely not do this race again. Date of review: April 17, 2005
In short: Fun race with good organisation In full: Fairly undulating, but no scary steep climbs. Great atmosphere, but water station badly managed, ended up grabbing a cup and queueing for a man with a hosepipe to fill it! Would have liked some more marshalling on the less obvious twists and turns. Not a PB course due to these little problems, including a mad rush to squeeze hundreds of people through a tiny gate after only 400m running, but exceptionally friendly. Having come back from injury was dissapointed that little people at the back are lumbered with XL T-shirts, but as my only gripe, an indication of a lovely race! Date of review: April 17, 2005
In short: Poor marshalling - runners going off course. In full: Statig at the Race Breifing that "you turn left here and go right there" is not a substitute for marshalls and/or directional arrows.
I found myself running in about 22nd place when the runners in front of me ran past an unattentive marshall and were called back, loosing about thirty seconds each. I then found myself and a string of runners behind heading into Corsham town centre and cutting through the sports centre car park to get to the finish and probably ran near to 11K.
Being my first race of 2005, I was not a happy bunny. Date of review: April 17, 2005
In short: Well-manned, well-run and well it was great for a novice practising for their first marathon the following April in London! Thanks to the organisers and I'll be back next year to run and support the cause (RNLI) too. Date of review: April 15, 2005