In short: Seeing people collapsed at the side of the road and stopping running for ambulances to get to people is the memory that will stay with me after this mass race. Date of review: September 7, 2005
In short: A nice start to fun running, but a shame about the joining instructions. In full: As mentioned above, I am a little peeved about the information provided to get to the venue. I hadn't done the run before and didn't know the area well. A very simple pointer on where to get off the dual carriageway would have been helpful (there's a hidden turning just before the roundabout junction for all of you who may be doing this in 2006). But that aside, the route had a gradual climb to start (bad), with a steep drop to follow (good). A nice long winding and undulating country lane comes next before the obligatory climb back up. Be warned, the first set of Rugby Posts you see does not mean you've got to the finish ! Date of review: September 7, 2005
In short: Was disappointed by the lack of guidance for walkers vs runners and I found myself having to be more aggresive than needed as the start wasn't organised very well Date of review: September 7, 2005
In short: Short, not enough water, but pleasant none-the-less In full: It's been said before but the distance and markers were awful. It's not so much that the course was short, but that the markers were SO innacurate it made it unsettling. Informed that we were running 10k and there was a water station halfway, I found it hard to maintain my correct pace when hitting the water station only to find it was at 4k. The 8km was no more than 400m or so which is ridiculous, why not just admit you are short and call it 9k!
There should have been a 2nd water station and the fact that volunteers to man the only one were called for before the race didn't seem very organised.
Also if a company is donating water, why not just donate bottles? The people manning the station couldn't pour it out quickly enough and so chaos ensued.
Great value getting entrance to the Palace though. Date of review: September 7, 2005
In short: Scrap the Kingston Bridge!!! In full: Managed to knock 10 mins off last year's time, even despite the heat and slow first mile. Really wish the organisers would ditch the bit over the Kingston Bridge, they were all excited about it last year but I just dont see what's so special! It just creates a massive bottleneck, especially when you have runners who insist on running 3 or more abreast. As ever, the support around the course was fantastic, could have done with more water, although I dont know how anyone could have missed the mile markers! Other half was not impressed as he was struck down with tummy troubles about 3 miles in, so I guess we'll be back again next year! Date of review: September 7, 2005
In short: Undulating is the word...really well organised, very happy Mayor starting the race, loads of smiley marshalls plus Army, St Johns people. In full: Undulating is the word...really well organised, very happy Mayor starting the race, loads of smiley marshalls plus Army, St Johns people. The sun was a bit too much (28 degrees?) respect to all the marathon runners. Great spectators - lots of residents out giving water and encouragement. Great goody bag (I love millionaires shortbread). West Park is very pretty and nice to wander around afterwards. Stuff for kids to do bouncey castle etc. Not crowded which is wonderful compared with the races where there are 10K plus people running. No problem at all with parking. Recommend having a go!!! Date of review: September 7, 2005
In short: Beautiful venue, but more water stations needed In full: Yeah OK lots of money was raised but regardless of the fact it wasn't a race as such, if you (pay to) enter a 10K then you should expect to be able to run 10K. And to only have one water station en route was on oversight. Date of review: September 7, 2005
In short: Very enjoyable Sunday morning gallop/plod In full: A PB for me but then again it was my first 10K my only real gripe was the key ring which was poor. I really enjoyed running it and it comes a close second to a morning in the pub! Date of review: September 7, 2005
In short: Extremely hot, huge turnout, good support. Water stations made it unnecessarily difficult. In full: The race is well organised, brilliantly supported and huge. First mile was slow mainly down to a city centre bottleneck and another on the Kingston Bridge but unavoidable with the numbers. Organisers had no excuse for not watching the weather, and increasing the water stations (nothing between 4 and 9 miles). At the finish there was tea and coffee not a water station. That said, there was interest and great support all along the route. Nice one Glasgow! Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: best rac e ever over last 3 years In full: easy running plenty of water and sponges and thanks for all the marshalls and cubs for your help. its just a shame the traffic think they have to speed past us and nearly knock us flying every year Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Nice little fun run for the family,well intentioned. A few signs to direct us wouuld be useful. A water station at the end would also be good as it was a hot day. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: My first half and definitely memorable!! In full: I had ankle problems early on and would not have finished but for the encouragement I received from spectators and runners alike. Will definitely do next year if all goes well!! Home town race as well so it was always going to be a bit special. I felt sorry for those doing the full distance as everything seemed to pack up fairly quickly once the half had finished! Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Don't know whom marked out the 10km course, but they certainly didn't measure it correctly! I was averaging 4 and half mins per km, that is until the 8-9th which i completed in les than 1 and a half mins. how is this possible without changing In full: my pace? My best time on 10 km before this was 49.02, and i completed this in 41.09?! Am chuffed, but think course was closer to 8.8kms. Sorry to those who think they got their best time ever. But I don't think you actually did. If you're gonna organise a race that is to be 10 km or 20 or 30 for that matter I think you should take more time to make sure distance is correct. D'Arcy Date of review: September 6, 2005