In short: Well organised big city race. In full: Organisation excellent – cadet bag storage which is always good, loads of marshals, plentiful drink and sponge stations and it started on time. Twisty start a bit congested but good for spectators and first-time runners. Not quite the same atmosphere as Reading for me, but that is my home race. Nice medal. Date of review: October 2, 2005
In short: Well organised event with PB potential In full: Only one hill worthy of the name, and that was short and sharp. A nice undulating course, which was largely traffic free except for the first and final miles. Race Marshals were spot-on, efficiently ushering runners across one fairly busy road and around the final roundabout. Date of review: October 2, 2005
In short: Lovely run around undulating parkland... In full: Though I agree with the previous poster that rated this race, about the km markers. Most of them were ok, but my splits for the 8th and 9th km were approx 4 minutes and 9 minutes (and I'd kept my pace constant) so I suspect something was up there! Late start due to traffic congestion meant getting a bit chilly waiting around, but I soon got warmed up out on the course! Nice day for it too, though there seemed to be a headwind whichever way you turned! Date of review: October 2, 2005
In short: Much better organisation in the 10km this year, and overall marshalling was miles better! In full: However, the 5km course was hideously overgrown, as runs on private trails, so most 5km finished finished with nettle stings and even muddier than the 10km runners! One patch you were practically sliding backwards it was so muddy and slippery! Also nearly got run over twice, but there wasn't much they could do about that, except put in a hare, and I don't think they'd have got a bike down the trails.
Organisation made it much less stressful than last year - they sent out maps before had, there were more marshalls, and they looked more alert.
An excellent warm-up race for the cross-country season. Not exception fields, but it's a friendly and relaxed atomsphere. Commentator was also fantastic - picking out all the runners by name and congratulating them, and there was good support from the specutators too. Date of review: October 2, 2005
In short: Great race, shame about the congested start In full: Fantastically, well organised, enjoyed finishing in the athletics stadium. Scenic route along river, but wind a bit on the nippie side. Great goodie bag, medal & t-shirt. Possibility of a PB ruined early on by walkers (never mind the slow runners) blocking the narrow country lane that comprises the first 2k of the race. My first kilometre took 6 minutes to complete, never a hope of beating my PB after that, although the pleasant downhill stretch from 4km into Inverness did help. Date of review: October 2, 2005