In short: Brilliant day!!!!! Finish a bit disorganised though In full: I didn't have any problems at the start with parking/toilets, but then i turned up at 9.30. Hubby even managed to get back out, wave to me on the course (twice) and get back to greet me at the finish!!!!
Loved every minute of it, and will do it again next year. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Excellent training run for the London Marathon. Not keen on tackling those hills four times in a row, but good preparation nonetheless! Well organised and good start time. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Scenery was pretty dull (but what do you expect for Ruislip?), but otherwise a good race. Marshalls and police were excellent, nice goody bag at the end. And a course that was described as undulating that really was undulating - and not himalayan! Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Cold and windy, but very very flat In full: Had a bit of problem with race pack not arriving, but sorted oit with no worries by the race sec. I was stretching and missed the start by a few minutes, but this gave me the rewarding chance to run down a lot of the back markers which kept motivation up. Finished in 50m 4s , a PB by near 9 minutes so I can hardly complain! The last km into the wind and snow wasn't that pleasant and the medal reward was very poor - c.f. Tamworth! However, with a PB like that I can't complain and I will be back next year to break that 50 minute barrier!
In short: What happened at the finish??? In full: It started promisingly although there appeared to be no supervised baggage storage as far as I could see? Marshalling was good although some of the teenagers were rather "enthusiastic" and standing in the middle of the course. Nice day, surprisingly nice scenery - unexpected for Milton Keynes. But what happened at the end?? When we finished there was a queue of runners queuing back past the finishing line. We were made to stand around for about 10 minutes in no apparent order for no apparent reason? It was be very interesting to see what official time I have ended up with???! Date of review: March 13, 2006
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