In short: Bigger & better than 2004 In full: Great day out, good atmosphere and cameradery all the way round. Fantastic support even in the sticks. Water was plentiful, which I over indulged in and had to stop! My only (minor) criticism is that it was a bit hectic at the start with the fairground rides and candy floss stands - is this normal with bigger races? Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: Picturesque but very undulating... In full: Very up-and-down, with first 3K mainly up, but gradients not too bad. The middle section through Stowe Park is very picturesque. Organisation was friendly and good. Only cricitism: the kilometre markers were pretty inaccurate in the middle of the race, and they said 'miles' on them, which confused some people. Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: Flat, pleasant, well organised and popular In full: Apart from a few minor gripes already covered; bottleneck, not really enough baggage storage, could have done with water on hand at end. The heat of the day can't be changed, but is the order of events set in stone? 11.30 does make the longest event most susceptible to the heat. The plusses easily outweigh that though, nice goody bag with fruit, food etc, nice medal, lovely scenery, an ample field to provide company but not restrict (once it got going), nice pre/post facilities (with showers!), empathetic organisers and key staff. Well done Mike, you should be proud of what you put on. Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: Awesome scenery, good atmosphere, not enough loos!! In full: My first 10k - great experience. Thank you to marshalls - it couldn't happen without these guys. Very encouraging, especially near the end, although that final km with the hill seemed it would go on for ever!! Nice 'sense of occasion' at the finish with local mayors, Princes' Trust people, etc. handing out medals. Would do again just for the scenery, but can't understand why organisers didn't take last year's comments on board and provide more loos! Especially with it being billed as a family day out. Anyway, overall, well worth doing. Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: Great aprt from the loose horse In full: The two guys in the horse suit were really convincing Hang on that's a real horse Well done to the two runners who stopped the runaway horse they should get a special price ! and tumbs down to the idiot in the range rover who thought road closed signs didn't apply to him Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: a beautiful morning for a charity run In full: Good organisation - km markers, clear course, plenty of marshals etc, and a lovely run through the althorp estate and the villages of Great & Little Brington. The sun was shining and it wasn't too cold. Excellent for beginners, as very welcoming atmosphere, with plenty of other beginner runners doing the course for charity. It was abit crowded at the start but we soon thinned out and running was very easy. My first ever run and I will be back next year! Thanks to all the marshals and other volunteers (inc. Caroline who did the group warm up). Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: Fast course, great organisation, loads of water and a stadium finish. Well worth making the effort for. Congratulations to all concerned. In full: Fast, almost flat, out&back course from dedicated athletics stadium in Carlisle. Excellent facilities before and after (though the car park was a bit full - may need to look at this if the race gets any bigger) and well marshalled throughout. More water stations than I've seen at any previous half. There's a couple of bottlenecks early on in the existing route but the organisers have already indicated that they intend to try and alleviate this minor grip for next year.
Overall, theres something for everyone. Its a good day out for the family - who can enter a genuinely 'fun' family fun run or there's a 4.5 mile race for those who don't fancy the half. Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: a very well organised event,with friendly people,great weather,good course,lovely medal and t-shirt,well worth doing. In full: it was my second time doing this race,and once again it excelled itself...good crowd support at the end,finishing on the track..well done to organisers. Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: Lovely Scenery - peaceful - hills! In full: First time on this course and was pleasantly surprised, after having done mainly urban courses it was a real pleasure to be out in the countryside, weather helped too. The experience was "enhanced" by a riderless horse running amongst us between 2 and 3 miles. Only gripe is that it would have been nice to have a changing tent.