In short: Very hard course with outstanding scenery. In full: Very hard course with outstanding scenery. The organisation was excellent and the course was well sign posted. Date of review: February 14, 2005
In short: Poor organisation ruined day In full: Queue, Queue, Queue - 48 minutes for the ONE toilet and still didn't get there. Course was cramped and dangerous in places. Marshalls could have tried harder. It was for a good cause but a free tee-shirt I can live without - a toilet I can't. Date of review: February 14, 2005
In short: I've never queued so much just to run round a park! In full: Queued to register, queued for the single toilet (until realising there were public loos two minutes' walk away), queued to cross the start line (where WAS the actual starting point? There was no indication), queued to get round the tight muddy corners, gave up queuing for our certificates at the finish. (And where were these fabled Mars Bars hiding?!) Great cause and enjoyable atmosphere but organisation definitely left much to be desired.
Conditions were pretty awful, not that this was the fault of the organisers but the marshalls should have done more to keep runners away from the really boggy areas. Also, why weren't marshalls directing runners to keep to the course? Every lap got shorter and shorter as most of the field (including me on the last lap, I must admit) cut corners.
Did anyone else notice the depressingly slow music being piped into the start/finish area? Someone should have recharged the batteries on the generator: hearing Gargabge drone "I would diiiiiiiiie for yooooooou" didn't exactly send my motivation levels soaring!
In short: Spoilt a bit by a horrible, cold wind...but that's my fault for running in February! In full: Good organisation in the main, except for a silly narrow, muddy section at the start and the fact that there was no start line as far as I could see! The wind was awfully cold and strong, but that's no-ones fault! Overall a nice, well organised event...with a very good quality medal, not one that looks like you won it playing darts!!! Date of review: February 14, 2005
In short: Good race, pretty flat and well organised. In full: Very cold and windy, but good race anyway. Well organised with a good pretty flat route. Just needs the organisers to draw a start line on the road, instead of having to guess! Date of review: February 14, 2005
In short: Great organisation and atmosphere In full: Really glad we made the trip up from London to do this one. Not only was it well organised and the support fantastic but it is a great pre-London event. I now feel confident that the training is paying off. Date of review: February 14, 2005
In short: Average race, not quite worth the money though In full: I was expecting a more interesting course but most of it was round football pitches etc, not as scenic as I had hoped for. T-shirt was nice but race details would have been nicer. Route OK, very flat, but allegedly a tad long. Frieandly organisers but some confusion as to parking arrangements and start point for race and long queue for certificate at the end. Date of review: February 14, 2005
In short: Plodding the Plod - It's not for Whimps In full: This is one of the best race I have ever participated in. Fantasic organisation and real value for money. The extra mud and snow for this year only added to the fun value. Date of review: February 14, 2005
In short: Cold but cool In full: Marshalling was brilliant. Improved on previous best by 3 minutes, barely missing out on breaking 40m. Nice flat course, well organised - enjoyed it Date of review: February 14, 2005
In short: I really enjoyed it. Very friendly. Attractive, pretty course. In full: It would be good to find out exactly how much longer than 10K the race was. Like most people I may have exceeded my PB more than expected. Date of review: February 14, 2005