In short: Definitely, my favourite race so far. In full: Marshalling is excellent. They offered tons of support and encouragement whilst managing to keep the traffic at bay. Everything went without a hitch, with all the races starting on time. There was of course the inevitable queuing for the toilets beforehand but thankfully most managed to make it to the start line on time. My only concern was the timing of the race which allowed for the elite women to go first, followed by all the men, and then the rest of the women. This did make it quite difficult for the women (like me) who weren't quite quick enough for a position in the elite section but who were quicker than many of the men. Two suggestions that might help are: to line up & start the runners according to pace, rather than gender to help the women who don't quite qualify for a place in the elite or to include or emphasise some information on race etiquette to make passing slower runners more safe. However, this didn't detract from the enjoyment of this well organised event. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: [8 Mile] First ever running race, really enjoyed it In full: Well organised, good run on flat course. Running along the river was nice, marshalls did a good job at junctions. Would have been nice to have had the t-shirt included rather than an extra tenner. Overall really enjoyed it, superb first time race, will be back again next year. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: Fast and friendly In full: Great marshalls, lots of cheering spectators along the route, some giving out drinks and one let me use the loo in her house! Medal is a little marble trophy thingy, looks nice on the mantelpiece. I had a great race. Looking forward to next year already. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: Great race, great scenery, excellent marshall support. In full: Did this as part of my marathon training so wasn't aiming specifically for any personal best times. By my Garmin,I got in on 2:19:08 which, considering I had 3 or 4 walking breaks (planned I might add!), I'm more than happy with. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: Either I suddenly became a quick runner at mile 10, or the marker was wrong!! In full: Having run steady 7:27 splits for the first 6 miles, I was very surprised to run mile 10 in 6:25, more surprised at running mile 11 in 9:02!! I think the marker must have been in the wrong place!!
Overall though, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Having run my first half at Silverstone last week in 1:39:49, was pleased to beat that this week with a 1:38:04 finish. Will definately do it again. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: Don't let the 2-3 hills put you off! This race has a v. friendly atmosphere and wonderful scenery; definitely one to put on the calendar for next year! In full: Small field (4-500 ish?) but what it lacks in numbers it more than makes up for in atmosphere and scenery. Yes, the course is tough if you don't do much hill work, but there are only 2 longish slopes and the scenery takes your mind off such trivialities. What scenery? The two castles, misty fields fading into the distance, small lake, statues, woods etc. In a nutshell, something for everyone! Most enjoyable race I've done so far and definitely recommended. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: Out of Town and Twice Round the Industrial Estate In full: Wes left wondering to myself why on earth I had entered this one again. There are so many nicer events out there. Water and Energy Drink stations well placed, St Johns and even the Samaritans (for those driven to despair by the course no doubt). Crowded at times so not easy to run quickly if you did not start near the front. Even the other runners seemed pretty somber. Plenty of easy parking in the City and at least you can take the family as it is a good and interesting shopping destination. Date of review: March 20, 2005