In short: Great atmopshere at the start, lovely run through 3 parks, and again a good atmosphere at the finish. In full: This was my first GSR, and my first BIG event. The atmosphere at the start line was tremendous, and really helped me over my nerves. As we went over the Kingston bridge I looked along paisley road west and could see runners all the way along.
There was good support on Paisley Road West, and soon the first few miles were over.
The course goes through 3 of Glasgow's parks: Bellahouston, Pollock, and finishing in Glasgow Green.
The run is fairly flat, so quick times are possible. I managed 1:39 which I was pleased with, as it was a PB.
There is a grandstand finish, and the crowd were quite vocal in the finishing straight.
A great run all in, and I look forward to the 2005 event. Date of review: August 29, 2005
In short: My favourite race and I have been entering races for 30 years. In full: A race with a course that is suitable for elite runners and an atmosphere that is perfect for first time runners. Music and a BBQ meant loads of people stayed for the prize giving rather than the dedicated few at other races. If it is run again I would recommend it to anyone. Date of review: August 29, 2005
In short: Could do much better... In full: This race had a lot of promise but was let down in a number of areas.
1. Lack of signs to aprking areas. 2. Multi-race start. 3. Water stations (good that there was so many, next time use adults rather than little kids). 4. No momento/medal. If it is advertised and people pay £10 then you need to come up with the goods! After traveling 220 miles, staying ove night and then driving back it would have been nice to have something to show for my efforts (probably more of an issue considering I let myself down with a depressingly poor performance!). Date of review: August 29, 2005
In short: Only my second competitive race. Really enjoyed the day and acheived the time I had hoped for. In full: Was perfect weather, great atmosphere from both the runners and well wishers. If I ever need to train through those hard winter months again, my memory of this day will certainly be my motivation. I would recommend this race to anyone, however, make sure you put in the training! Made lots of new friends and finished under 4 hours! Everyone helps and motivates each other. Never experienced anything like this before. Date of review: August 29, 2005
In short: Very good race for motor racing enthusiasts. Although, I found the course scenary to be a little dull. In full: This was my first competitive race, so maybe had very high expectations. Didn't think that that atmosphere was very good. Not many spectators due the location. However, good drink stops and fairly flat. A good way to see the Silverstone track and a good preperation for the London Marathon. Date of review: August 29, 2005
In short: My first 10km race, not the best to start with due to the steady incline for the first 5km. Still at least when I run a flat course my time will improve substantially! In full: A very good race for those looking for a challenge, only decided to do the race on the Saturday (day before), called organisors, very helpful. If I do it again, will put in A LOT of hill training. Great views from the top and a nice scenic run through the castle. Date of review: August 29, 2005
In short: A good new race albeit with a small field In full: Congratulations to Rotary Club / Red Cross for this new race in the north east. Let's hope it stays on the calender, although a clash with the Peterhead 10k should be avoided. Good facilities and well organised it was a shame that early weather may have detered a few. Just two grumbles - via GPS I measured the course as 6.5 miles (as reflected in the additional 2 mins to many anticipated finishing times) plus plastic cups at water stations doesn't work. Paper cups or bottles please. Hope to see this race again next year. Date of review: August 29, 2005
In short: A good one to take part in but you'd be hard pushed for a PB. In full: Tough course - two major up hill climbs and one steep grassy downhill, three water stops which were very welcome and fabulous scenery in the castle grounds. Good enthusiastic crowd at the finishing line. Well supported. Date of review: August 28, 2005