In short: Very hilly first half, cracking finishing 2k and better organised than before at Castle Ashby In full: I was not expecting hills like it and think that for absolute beginners this must have been a nightmare, especially the first 4 miles or so. Marshalls were effective although not desperately enthusiastic, but I suppose they had given up their Sunday for nothing and were freezing cold so fair play to them all. Ben home about 20 mins and ready for a beer. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Flat and quick, book now for a new PB!!!! In full: This is a 2 lap flat, quick road race. It is fairly well organised but dont expect many trimmings. The location is a small village so facilities are limited. A good turn out for it though with a nice mix of runners and an almost certain PB time, which may explain the poularity. One for next year. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Excellent race. No medals tho. In full: Excellent race. Only five pound no medals or anything at the end tho. This was my first race and I enjoyed it and would do it again next year. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: great race very friendly In full: very well organised,fantastic medal,and good quality teeshirt and nice touch to be presented medal by the mayor, with a back drop of the fantastic castle tamworth even on a damp cold feb morning is a great place to run and the friendly atmosphere shows the town off to be a great place to visit Date of review: March 11, 2006
In short: Good organisation; great for parking; unlucky with the weather In full: The organisation was first class. The details sent out with the race were an accurate representation of what actually took place. The course was safe and traffic free which was the first consideration, but we went through parts of town that I was glad that I ventured into only as part of a crowd with police and army cadets on patrol !
The hill in the middle was a bit cheeky - all you could see as you got to the bottom was a long line of runners zig zagging up the path....and every time you turned a corner there was more of it. It took the edge off the possibility of a fast time.
The timing chip stuff was a bit of a puzzle with runners uncertain about whether the clock stopped as we crossed the line (...and which one? ...there were two) or when the nice man with the electronic bat waved it across your chest as we queued for the medals - the official time came up a good couple of minutes longer than my Garmin, and would have been my worst time for 3 years, except I know I was running better than that. My GPS also measured the course a bit long too.
The parking facilities were great. Loads of spaces available within a short walk from the start. I only got there about 3/4 of an hour before the gun and parked no more than about 150yards away. A result.
The organisers were unlucky with the weather with rain, wind and sleet right up to the off. Although the rain stopped soon thereafter, the weather remained dull and cold - not good for the older ones amongst us whose joints creak a bit when the temperature drops.
In all, a very well organised race that can usefully be used as part of a larger programme of races in a season. However, not one to choose for the scenary or as an event in itself because of the location and the time of year. I'll be back. Date of review: March 11, 2006
In short: It's funny how you can only remember the hills that went up! In full: I was told that the entries had doubled this year. If this is going to be true in future too, they'll need to give some thought given to the toilet situation.
An earlier start might be a good idea too. Why does it need to start at 11:30?
Apart from those to whinges, it's agreat race and I'll always make it part of my racing year. Date of review: March 11, 2006