In short: Cold, but scenery mad up for it. Was it short? In full: I thought it was short (though I don't have GPS), but one of the organisers assured me it was a certified 10K. Good run, but £1.50 for a coffee/tea & a biscuit!! - but not the Rotary Club's fault, I must say. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Awful! In full: Not one I would run again. Uninspiring 4 laps. Dull route. There are so many excellent 20 miler training runs at this time of the year and this isn't one of them. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Poor organisation. In full: The race got off to a bad start with waiting for 10 minutes to be told the car park was full and then being directed to another car park. Then a further long que for the toilets ment that I didn't cross the start until 10.34. I had to ask spectators which way to go! After i did catch up the pack i ran with many other on open roads, with cars driving along!!! less than ideal.
I have been on 4 nike runs before all of which have been fantastic. This was a really amature afair and unless they really shake it up not worth the trip.
Also what was the standing around at the end for!!!!
No timing chips so no time official time. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Great race and support, only niggle was gettting drinks at the end In full: Great race well supported and organised, big thank you to everyone who gave up their day in the cold. I do however agree that at the end it was very difficult to find a drink, hot or cold, could not see for the crowd of spectators and runners which was a bit of a disappointment at the end of a good run when you really needed a drink. Very hard but will do it again next year. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Disappointing, again. In full: After the absolute cock up in 2006, im afraid to say that I didnt think that this year was much better considering the organisers employed a team of runners to help plan things. My main gripe last year was that having put lots of effort into the first 5m of the 10k, i then came to a virtual standstill over the last mine trying to get through the slow starters of the 15m event. From what I saw, the same problem occurred again this year. The course was however very nice. It is described in the write up as undulating, but it was certainly much hillier that I expected. The mile markers were completely out which could have caused a little confusion.
As far as the water stations running out of water for the 15m runners goes, this was probably cos nearly all of the 10k runners that I was running with took water on board at mile 1 which Id say depleted the supplies for those needing it more in the longer race.
Sadly after telling myself last year that I wouldnt enter the 2006 event I did so. There is so much that could be done to improve this race. Il be going elsewhere next year for sure. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Great race with unprecedented support throughout. In full: I loved this race. It must rate as one of the toughest 1/2M in the country! The hill that just never ever (ever) ends! I do have a MAJOR grumble though. What was the deal when you crossed the line? You have to scramble like dogs for a cup of tea or a bit of orange. This is the first race I've ever been to where no water was handed out at the end. And no sash for your medal?? Trying to squeeze extra cash out of you is a real disappointment. That said, now i'm rehydrated, dry and warm, I will look back on this as one of the best races I've taken part in. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: a nice run, good training for london marathon In full: it was the second time ive done this one and seemed easier this time. the up hill is a bit of a challenge, but nice on the down hill. A nice day out and will be comming back for more Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Very quick running at the start of each 5km lap. Exposed parts of course open to elements. Pan Flat In full: Won the race in 31:33. Normally there are faster runners there which would of been good in the strong icy wind, to get closer to 31 minutes. (The field was better last year). The last km is definitely 15 secs long running at this speed. Will appear proportionaly longer for those running at slower speeds. Support good on each lap of 5km at start/finish area. Has lead car with clock, unfortunately it stopped at halfway! The prize list said "1st 4 men" but this was only a bottle of wine and a marble memento. In previous years there have been vouchers for winners of age groups. The lower value prizes is surprizing as the fee is £8. Would still do this race again! Date of review: March 13, 2006