In short: Nice race with some interesting hills In full: It was very hot when I ran it and they managed to have plenty of water stations and didn't run out of water with everyone taking two cups and several sponges. Well done. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Hillier than you might think. Very, very hot. In full: A big thank you to all the residents with hosepipes and water pistols. Probably wouldn't have finished without them! Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Great race, great organisation In full: Hottest day of the year so far didn't help, neither did a couple of complete idoit drivers (this is the IoW, I guess :) but this is a great race, great organisation, and the club house bar makes for a nice post race atmosphere! Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Very enjoyable, great atmosphere. In full: A mid afternoon race in the middle of June will always have the potential to be very hot. As long as you are prepared for the heat this is a great race. Lot's of water, sponges and locals with hosepipes and extra water around the route make the race enjoyable even in the hottest of conditions, although probably too hot for a PB if it's a very hot day. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Not your average 10k - great fun and a brilliant atmosphere! In full: Not for the faint-hearted - the hills are pretty steep and there's lots of sand... Also, the "water" at 5k+ was pink and sticky, and there was no water left at the finish (and I wasn't that near the end...) You can buy drinks at the cafe instead, so not a disaster. Great fun though! Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: The hot weather made for a really challenging marathon. It was just as well that the organiser had arranged for plenty of drink stations. In full: If this is to be the last running of this event, then it'll be a shame, but with less than 100 entrants for a county championship marathon, the event's viability cannot be guaranteed. The course has plenty of potential, as the climbs are few in number and not too long or too steep. The marshals, none of whom are runners, are extremely friendly and numerous, but don't expect too much spectator support. That is until the finish, when the applause ringing down from the racecourse stand make the whole effort seem worthwhile. I'd do it again if the Rotarians do. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Hot, hot, and hotter ! In full: One of the hottest days in June happens upon the day of the Blackpool Marathon, and with an unpredicted 38 minute delayed start and low water supplies (with no water for 5 to 6 miles in places) made for an uncomfortable time. Ambulance drivers had their work cut out, while runners suffered with heat exhaustion. Even given the circumstances i'd probably do this race again, but i'd be more prepared in advance for a reoccurrence of June 19th 2005.
In short: Enjoyable run, in a scenic part of Sheffield In full: A very enjoyable day, which was made by the weather, although it was perhaps a bit hot to be posting very quick times. I had heard about the 'slight undulations' so was prepared for a hard going 5k and wasn't disappointed. There were 2 or 3 particularly gruelling hills in the first 2k, which allied with the heat sapped a lot of energy.
The organisation had the feel of a village fair about it, which added something for me. And seeing as there were only 200-250 runners it didn't really warrant much more than that.
My only gripe was that the park was open to the public, which was nice to some extent as the was support all the way round. However, it was a pain in the proverbial that a junior football team had set there pitch up across the white line directing the course, which meant running around the pitch adding extra metres at a time you really could've done without it!!!
Overall this was great low key event ideal for beginner's with a great fun atmosphere. I would definitely run it again next year. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Nice little run but a very poor turn out, maybe more publicity needed for next time. In full: A nice run on a very hot day. but for a race that should've had 500 people turn up there can't've been 100! Must've been dissappointing for the organisers - people of Cambridge, where were you?! Perhaps the heat put a few people off in the morning or maybe there just wasn't enough publicity. That was the only issue, all else was good. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Very hot, needed more water In full: The 45 min delay at the start made it hot before we started and my legs were aching before i started. First few miles went well then the heat got unbearable and i really struggled from 15 m onwards. Needed more water the second half of the race it looked as though it was being rationed by pouring it into plastic cups i think this is why i had cramp from 20 miles onwards. Thought i'd missed some mile markers or maybe they just were not there. Was looking for 3 hrs 30 min, ended up with 3hrs 55 min, but just relieved to have finised Date of review: June 20, 2005