In short: Nice race with police making sure runners come before traffic. In full: A bit of faffing around at the start ment we got a bit cold waiting for the start. It wouldbe nice for races to actually start at the time they advertised.
Long hill at mile 11 but we knew it was coming there's a profile of the course on the web site.
It was nice of the motorists to wait while we all ran passed. Date of review: October 2, 2005
In short: Nice flat couse In full: Probably the parking problems for late arrivals and the toilets are the major drawbacks. Seemed to be a traffic problem leaving town as well. On the plus side nice t Shirt and flat couse. I shall return Date of review: October 2, 2005
In short: New Course worked well In full: My first race, but it all seemed to work well - the pack had strung out a bit by the time we were tracking along the narrower pavement of the A65. Felt sorry for the horse rider caught up in the throng in the first mile though! Date of review: October 2, 2005
In short: Superb organisation, good crowd support In full: The crowd support stands out as a highlight. Too much zig-zagging around city centre streets for a PB am slightly demoralising for tail-enders but good for spectators I suppose. One big downside was the 1000's of runners who did not bother to start in the correct area. I was aiming for 1:15 and at the start had scooby doo and a gorilla in front of me! Managed to overtake about 200 in first mile but this needs to be improved. Date of review: October 2, 2005
In short: Great scenery, but the parking and organisation needs to be a lot better... 1/2 hr delay at start. In full: My wife did this run and I watched for a change! As other reviewers have said, the parking was terribly organised with long queues in and out. There needed to be a louder PA and compere to get eneryone 'up for it' at the beginning, especially with the long delay, and so the atmosphere seemed a bit flat. As a spectator, there was precious little in the way of refreshments and no course info, and so once everyone had run off we had no idea whether we could catch the runners along the route... I'm sure support along the way would have been appreciated. All in all, CRUK and Tesco should do a lot better. Date of review: October 2, 2005
In short: Even better than 2005 In full: Last year's run was my first and I really enjoyed it. This year was even better - new PB 8 minutes quicker. Perfect running conditions and fantastic organisation. I don't think there is any escaping events where partipants line up for an unrealistic finish time. This year didn't seem nearly as congested on that score and a million times more enjoyable than the GNR 2 weeks ago. The challenge for the organisers is whether or not to expand things further next year. Buzzing. Date of review: October 2, 2005
In short: Superb race and well worth the trip to Bristol In full: Lovely course, brilliant organisation, great marshalls, great crowds, good pace nice and flat....nice t-shirt and a very decent medal. Well done to all involved in organising it. Date of review: October 2, 2005
In short: Very enjoyable cross country course. Some good views and some hard hills! In full: Well organised. Friendly and encouraging marshals especially the junior ones! Date of review: October 2, 2005
In short: Very nice place for a run. Need to sort the organisation! In full: Luckily for the organizers, it was a sunny morning. The half an hour delay at the start could have proved a disaster in other conditions. Huge traffic problems getting to the site, but loads of parking. It was also funy to hear them appealing for 12 marshalls from the crowd to help with the event! Usual problems with a Tesco race is the mass start where walkers start near the front. Causes big bottlenecks for the first few KM's, and this race was no exception. (Did anyone else notice the massive gap between the 8 & 9 KM mark?) Goody bag was non-exsistant. I got a tracker bar and a bottle water. It is a shame after all this time, Tesco still haven't been able to get these races properly organised! Date of review: October 2, 2005
In short: Organisation must improve. In full: The course was altered on saftey grounds due to road works. A prudent and sensible measure. The organisation failed to mention that this had shortened the course, further no revised maps were on display. The course ran at least 0.5 miles short. This turned a PB opportunity into a waste of time. The frustration is that the course finishes in Wimbledon Park and hence there was lots of potential for setting out the missing 0.5 miles. Overall impression was that they had your money and anythng else was an inconvenience. I look forward to beating ercules athletes at all future events! Date of review: October 2, 2005