In short: Great Beginners Race In full: I am still a beginner, this being my 3rd 10k since starting running approx 4 months ago.
I managed to achieve a PB but would have completed the course 30 - 60 secoonds quicker if it had not been for the bottle neck at the start.
At the finish there was an over zealous official that started shouting to the competitiors to hurry up and just take a t-shirt, never mind the size. This was disappointing but luckily this did not spoil my enjoyment of the race, but it is not the type of behaviour you would expect from an official at a large race like the River Ness 10k.
The final downpoint was the shuttle bus to pick up your car from the start point. I had to wait 20 minutes plus for the bus and then it took approx 30 minutes to get back to the start, there must be a better way of arranging this.
Apart from that I did enjoy the race, great atmosphere and the scenery was fantastic, I will def be going back next year, here's hoping for another PB and a bit better organisation. Date of review: October 5, 2005
In short: Wow........ In full: My 2nd marathon overall and a great one for any novice. Rather hillier than I was led to believe. Good support from all the water stations and marshalls. BBQ and beer afterwards aided recovery. Cant wait for next years run WELL DONE TO ALL INVOLVED WITH ORGANISING THE RACE THIS YEAR. Date of review: October 5, 2005
In short: Flat seaside run with two small but surprisingly testing climbs near the end In full: Could of done with the downpoar or rain at the end of the race rather than when lining up for the start (Please organize better next time!) Date of review: October 5, 2005
In short: Probably my favourite half marathon to date and I've done around 10 in the past few years. In full: I last ran this race in 2002 when BUPA were the main sponsors. The excellant organisation didn't disapoint and was more than equal to the BUPA year. I was very pleasantly surprised and it was a nice finishing touch to end up meeting Steve Cram in the hotel and having breakfast with Liz Yelling gave us all lots of encouragement. Liz was a throughly pleasant down to earth lady and we had a great deal running experiences to chat about. Would have loved to see her at the end to congratulate her on her excellant second place having just coming back from injury. Date of review: October 5, 2005
In short: Well worth the effort. Ideal route for runners of all standards (that have trained) In full: Warmer weather than last year, though I did get my PB then. Organisation and marshalling still excellent (professional attitude, friendly and encouraging). Disapointing turn out didn't do justice to those of us who did the race. Don't be put off by the "hills". They will test and tire you, but it is Leicesterchire, not Cumbria.
Shame about the main sponsors withdrawing, but hopefully the event will be bigger next year. Hard to see how it could be better, though. Date of review: October 5, 2005
In short: Heat, stupid marshals and stupid design In full: Was told i could not get back into the finish area to get a second bottle of water by a sweaty plain-agreesive cooncil man. Suppose it would be pushing it to ask for it in 26C heat after a 13 mile run. Bottleneck start, bottleneck bridge, poor post finish line organisation. It's getting worse every year. Evening Times would be up in arms against it. If it didn't sponser it.
I've said my piece here on page five: http://www.theherald.co.uk/features/47280.html