In short: Great run, but only 9k! In full: Great run - scenery around hampton court was a delight to be around. But the times are completely unreliable - as the course was NOT 10k. The distance between the 8km and 9km took less than a minute to run! I had been running at a 48-minute pace (and checking at each km marker) up until 8km, and lo-and-behold I finished in 43 mins. The other cancer research 10k Races need to be accurately measured! I checked the distance later. Great day, though. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Event was well organised and marshalled and this years reward was more substantial than previous years. Sadly attendance seemed less than previous years, this is probably driven by a hot day, rather than the events quality. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Fast, flat course with very supportive marshalls. In full: Definite PB course, good facilities at school, great marshalls and good water stations. Not exactly inspiring views (around industrial and residential areas), 11am start time too late in Sunday's heat, sign-posting to car park not great. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Flat and fast, but needs more toilets, and properly chip timing. In full: Overall a very enjoyable race, with excellent potential for a PB. Easy to get to and easy to park. The course twists and turns a lot in the first five/six KM but that does mean there is plenty of support for much of the race.
On the flipside, the toilets were far too few in number, the chip timing was gun-to-finish (without even a halfway checkpoint) which to me seems completely pointless. Why spend that amount of money on using chips to not use them properly.
The worst bit though has to be charging £1.50 for bag holding. What's that all about? As if the entry fee wasn't steep enough anyway.
Luckily the pros just outweigh the cons in my book. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Very very hot day and no shade made this 1/2 marathon a real challenge In full: The only dissappointment was that the whole 1/2 marathon course was exposed to the blazing mid-day heat with no shade - unable to achieve a good time but very pleased to reach the end without fainting - will definately do it next year but shall pray for rain. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Ample free parking near to the start; good organisation and a flat fast course. My only gripe would be the £1.50 they charge to look after bags. Apart from that, a very enjoyable race. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: This event needs more water stations to suit the weather conditions In full: This event could do with an extra water station as the one at the 6km mark is just that bit too far. When you got to the water station they didn't seem prepared for your arrival i.e bottles unopened,not set out on table(still in boxes) I'll more than likely be back for next year just hope things will get better. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Great atmosphere. Well done organisers.Everyone enjoyed .T shirt better than most.Cardiff is fantastic .PB again this year .Water was fine .Toilets are always a problem. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Who told me Scotland was cold? In full: My first Half, North of the Border and I loved it. Great atmosphere, good organisation although that first mile was busy. Some lady spectator handed me an ice lolly at 11 miles, normally I'd say no but really needed it, the Sikh Community with their water station - all I can say is THANK YOU so so much, I definitely needed that water. The pipers and the drummers were brilliant and St John's, I have never seen so many people donning oxygen masks ever in a race! A great day - see you next year!! Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: great fun run (sun run?) In full: Absolutely wasn't an accurate 10K. However, beautiful park run and very nice to look around Hampton Court Palace afterwards (thanks, guys). If you can think about it as a fun day out and not a competitive race, then it was well worth a trip out. Good atmosphere too. Very warm day - wouldn't have minded a 10am start! Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Not 10K, a bit too hot but all-up a lovely day In full: The whole concept of the stately homes 10k series is great. I loved the setting and will definitely use the Home Park for some of my weekend jogs, when the weather cools down. It's just a great shame that - for all the effort that was put in to the organisation - somebody found it impossible to measure out a 10K course. I know it was only a fun run and not a race, but I think that if you get 2,500+ people to turn up and run around with your logo splashed across their chests, raise money for your charity, and pay you £17.50 for the fun of doing so, you owe it to them to measure-out and properly mark a 10K route.
I know it's silly, but some of us can't help taking all the events we do, seriously. It's only human nature, when running is your chosen sport, to want to improve and do well. We do, therefore want to know that when we record a new PB, it has at least an outside chance of being accurate.
Come on CRUK, let's get this sorted for next year please. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Well organised, undulating tour of North Wolverhampton, and a much appreciated goody bag. In full: Book your holidays for the first week in September! It always seems to be a punishingly hot day. That's my only excuse for running so badly. It was a well organised race, good support, plenty enough water.It was nice to see a genuine goody bag on such a hot day with energy drink, cake, biscuits and crisps as well as a good shirt and medal as opposed to a bag with just promotional leaflets. Well done organisers, it will be interesting to see if the half marathon relay stages of 2.5 miles encourage a new section of runners to be involved. Good luck next year - up the Wolves! (Sep 5th has always been hot and is before schools return, would a week or two later bring better weather and also encourage more schools to take part?) Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Excellent organisation, great atmosphere, very friendly staff In full: This run was great to be part of. The organisation and and the staff were all spot on. The missing km markers were a bit off putting but as its a city based run one can hardly expect the local vandals to leave all alone after dark. Lanes a bit narrow in places making overtaking a bit tricky but whatever place you came in there were friendly marshalls to give you an awesome medal along with mug, 'nana, cruncy bar and so on. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Good fun In full: This is the second time I've done this race & thoroughly enjoyed it again. The first 2k were very slow as even though I was fairly close to the front, there were plenty of people walking & not staying to the right hand side. Because of the heat (ridiculous) & the crowds (huge), it's definitely not a fast race, but the atmosphere makes up for it. Date of review: September 6, 2005