In short: Crowded, pricey and no chance of a PB - but still a very special race In full: Once again Sept rolls around and off I go again to the GNR. Really enjoyed myself this year, as I ran with no thought a PB, just to run a decent run and have a good time - I'd almost forgotten how much of a do they put on. No moans about poor transport from the finish, the crowds or over-ambitious first timers putting themselves right at the front. Expected those and got them in spades. Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: good for spectators In full: I struggled desperately with the heat. Really disappointed that I resorted to walking. No problems with water supply, I think I drank too much because of the heat. Should be a really fast course - but without any downhill stretches my messed up mind told me I was going uphill?! Poor excuses from the organisers but plent of potential and plenty of good intentions. Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: great pb potential In full: This also is my local as I'm very biased and very keen for it to prosper. I thought overall it was a good improvement on 2005.
The warm-up lady from the local Leisure Centre, Active Leisure, was great, although I was worried she was going to completely going to knacker me out!
The big disappointment was missing the loop around Mewsbrook Park at the beginning. People who hadn't done the race before though they were doing amazing PB's until they got marshalled around Mewsbrook at the end and it bacame a bit of a killer. The mile markers were also all over the place. I came accross a 9km marker swiflty followed by an 8Km marker!
It was good to see more Clubs supporting the race this year and I'm a firm beliver that given time and a bit more organisation this can become just as popular as Bognor. Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: Great scenery, great organisation and v. friendly In full: Scenery : How many other 10ks give you cotswold village, wychwood, country estate and herds of deer chasing across the road in front of you Organisation: they've been doing it like clockwork for years Value: Cheapest race I've ever entered.
Thanks to all involved Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: no organisation at the start In full: Turned up with my orange number, white numbers packed in that section like sardines. Come on, for the hefty entry fee you have to cater for everyone. Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: If you like playful, multi-tarrain and want a challenge!!!! In full: Well organised, well marshalled, smaller race than the Great North Run, but great value for money, challenging course and breathtaking view. Ceiling of 500, but only around 100 per year, which means a lot of local runners must be missing out on a really good race. Classed as undulating there are some cheeky bits, especially the last cross country rise on the marcle at 5-6 miles. Made me smile. No chance of a PB but good chance of discovering if the inner man is there or out to lunch. I'll be back. Good facilities and co-incides with events at the rugby club from where it starts, so food and drink a plenty to refuel at the end. Would recommend far and wide. Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: 1st tine, good but it's is it really that special??? In full: Had to wait in line 2 hours so as to get near front, so less people to dodge, yet spent next few miles going past everyonr in front of me??? Passing walkers in 1st mile or so. Great atmosphere, great medal and goody bag.Worth it once but probably won't be back Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: tough but nothing to compare it with In full: my first marathon and whilst a bit disappointed with time it was great to finish after bombing out over the last 3 miles. Would like to think I could do better on a flatter course and a cooler day.
V enjoyable and will be back next year. Date of review: September 18, 2005