In short: Enjoyable day out in Stafford. Varied route with good fast flat finishing 2 miles. In full: There had been some worries about the 'squarial' chip timing arrangements. More detailed instructions might help if these devices are used again. I must have been slow getting to the man with the chip-reading paddle, because someone I just beat is recorded as 4 places and 11 secs ahead of me. But results were up on the web really quickly, and within 5 secs of my stopwatch reading, so can't complain. Overall a very good run (and a PB). Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Heard it was good. Now I know what they mean In full: couldn't believe how good the crowd were considering the location of some of the groups. I do wish they wouldn't sip guinness and cook bar b q's as I ran passed though :-) Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Brilliant In full: I'm really glad we are back to the original route. I like the two laps as this helps give excellent crowd support. (Spectators can walk between various points of the route) I don't think the route could be improved now its back to the original!
Two minor grips though - the water bottles were a good improvement on the cupped water, but I was so conscious of waste - can we have smaller capacity bottles? Also what am I going to do with the male deodorant in the goody bag? Can we cut out the goody bag and have a cheaper entrance fee? Having been a loyal entrant to this race for many years, it is now being priced out of my reach! Only entered this year as I used credit card!
Now we can't use the Pavilion, I'm very worried about 10,000 runners trying to shelter if we have the monsoon conditions of a couple of years ago! Do the organisers have contingency plans? Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Had a great day - PB and am still aching In full: Most of the problems from previous years have been fixed. From keeping the pushchairs out of the starting area to the logistics at the end. Marshalls quietly effective and the cadets etc at drink stations were great, well done. I Liked the course changes, any chanch of making Pultney Road downhill on the way back! Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: fabulous race In full: Really enjoyed the atmosphere and scenery - got a PB too! Only gripe being paper cups at the water stations. Only way to avoid spilling it all is to slow right down. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Easy venue to find, good facilities, specially if you have family with you. it is a town race, good enough and good level. Found the finish wasnt good enough, finished wasnt clearly marked and we couldnt time ourselves properly, the arch was further Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Would run it again, but not every year. In full: Good run but definitely undulating and I would not say a natural PB course. Nice atmosphere, only suggestion, put a better map and directions on the web site. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: good fun but a bit chaotic! In full: good atmosphere,lots of good costumes and a nice atmosphere. start was delayed because ?there were so many runners. couldnt really understand that. route was very busy as running along seafront dodging the sunday walkers and their dogs/kids on roller skates etc. but it was a charity run so wasnt expecting a completely clear route. most disappointing thing was the goody bag - or should i say plastic bag with a few leaflets about local businesses - was very disappointed by that. but the medal was nice. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Very well organised, boring scenery, potentially fast course In full: I arrived early, so missed the traffic problems that delayed some people arriving later. Good decision (from that perspective) by the organisers to go on time, despite some people not being ready - it was too cold to keep thousands of people standing around on the start line. If you were stuck in traffic, you might not agree with that. Very smooth organisation - parking easy once in, hand over baggage, stand on start line, run, get chip taken off, collect goody bag (not very exciting, but ok), collect baggage and leave. Easy. Well marshalled and loads of toilets all over the place!
Very windy today, but I imagine it could be a really fast course in the right weather. Even in the cold, strongish wind today, I managed a PB!! Yippee!!
Well done and thank you to all who put this race on. Great preparation for London in a few weeks. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Good race for first timer In full: Good atmosphere at the Rugby club at start. Remembered not to go to the toilet in anyone's garden (no chance of forgetting that). Course congested for first couple of miles, then nice run thorugh the country lanes. Pretty flat with plenty of water stations. Enjoyed it! Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: A top event , how this dosnt get in the runners world 100 I dont know. In full: Areal London warm up, graet to run with people you will be mixing with in five weeks time. Excellent organisation from start to finish, Really enjoyed the massage at the the end, a bargin at a fiver. And a real plus for this event other a lot of others you could really hear what the starter was saying. Will be back next year. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Same as last year - great event In full: Race organisation was spot on again. Excellent weather conditions and a fast course (apart from the hill) make this a good pb potential race. On the downside, there were some very long baggage queues after the race (although it only took 30 secs for my running number) and the buses took an age to get us back to the NCP car parks in the City centre. The buses ran much quicker to/from the Albert Dock area last year (Why change this year?). Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Bad scenery, windy, fantastically well organised. In full: The traffic in the surrounding roads was very heavy. Once into the car park the marshals made parking easy and gave clear directions. Plenty of toilets, both near the car park and down near the start. Marshals were every where. Clear direction was given and the tannoy system was well used to keep everyone informed of how long to go before the start, the start process itself and the progress of the leaders while on the route. The course is flat and has little to look at; nothing to break up the wind either.
At the finish line, the championchips were removed with little fuss and picking up the goody bag was well organised. The bag was a little disappointing, a T shirt, medal, bottle of water and a lucozade drink.
Thoroughly enjoyed the event and will go back again next year to do it again. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: New PB for me at 1 hour 50 47 secs, missed getting under 1 hour 50 as the wind in the final mile was worth. Well organised and supported. Changing in a F1 Garage is a novelty! Date of review: March 19, 2006