In short: Terrible organisation, the distance was supposed 10k not 10.5k, on a lap run that is unforgiveable. I think the 3 times up and back as we finished on the golf course probably accounted for the extra distance. I wont be rushing back. Date of review: February 14, 2005
In short: Good cause but very amateur In full: This was the first time I've done a charity run. I was looking forward to it so felt very let down. Kept joining queues and having to ask people what the queue was for. Needed the loo first and got sent across the park to queue for the kiddies play area toilets - THREE toilets for about 500 women. Missed the warm up as in a queue. Awful, awful music being played at the start/finish area. No one seemed to be keeping to the course, all cutting across the park, ineffectual marshalls, some parts were boggy and muddy - too many people so couldn't keep a good pace. Dismal ending just an anti-climax - maybe if I'd fancied queueing again for a certificate (? - surely this is a bit juvenile). Depressing.... Date of review: February 14, 2005
In short: Badly organised, very poor course In full: Just to echo previous comments about the badly thought-out and poorly marked course, and the well-meaning but ineffectual marshalls. The pathd on which the race was run were far too narrow for the number of runners involved, meaning that most people had to run down the sides and turn the whole area into a mudbath. I was looking forward to testing myself for a proper time, but it soon became apparent that marshalls weren't guiding runners round the full distance, so I just jogged round to finish. A shame, because PPUK is a good cause and they seem like very nice people. Date of review: February 14, 2005
In short: The thing that stood out for me as a "first timer" was the encouragement of the Marshalls. I think everyone of them said something positive as I made my way past, which meant alot. Thanks, it's motivated me to enter another one! Date of review: February 14, 2005
In short: Disorganised, unclear starting position and what was that carpet all about? In full: I'm fairly new to running (or should I say plodding along) and have done a few 10K runs and the Great South run last September and have thoroughly enjoyed them. However, this race left me feeling totally de-motivated and unsure as to whether to run the next few races I've signed up for. The delayed start was mumbled on a speaker system designed only for those inside the exhibition, and then changed randomly with no explanation making the warm up difficult to do just before the race.
What was really de-motivating for me was that I couldn't easily spot the markers, making it difficult for me to see if I was on target. Thank God there are people saying it was longer than 10K, my finish time was appalling and I was beginning to think that there was something drastically wrong with my pace. I am v dubious about attending another RW event.
In short: Tough but uplifting. In full: Hardest run I've done for years - Hellrunner and Grim8 pale into insignificance. Marshalls were superb - how many times did they make the same uplifting wittisisms, I wonder.
Thanks also to the lady who lent me her gloves - I hope that you didn't suffer for it. Date of review: February 14, 2005
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