In short: Undulating but good practice for other races In full: The bridge what more do I have to say, most of the marshalls were excellent but at the end i was very disappointed, I would have welcomed some encouragement but they were in a group too busy chatting. Date of review: May 30, 2005
In short: A well organised and friendly race In full: My only gripe is that bridge just before 1k that causes a bottle neck for the slower runners every year. Why can't the route be reversed so that we're all strung out by the time we reach it? Date of review: May 30, 2005
In short: very hard in places also easy in others In full: an excellent challenge very rewarding didnt do it in as slow time as i though i would have. t shirt could have been better.very enjoyable. Date of review: May 29, 2005
In short: A run around Barking Park & the town-centre. In full: The course changed slightly this year, didn't make much difference though. The police were excellent at stopping traffic (you cross quite a few roads, however the 'organisers' and Police Community Support Officer's were less helpful. The occassional water station turned out to be one at the end of the race (though that had run out of water when I got there having finished in 52 min). There were not that many people taking part, maybe they should drop the 4km run that also takes place as newcomers may be tempted to do that rather than twice the distance (there's also a 2km fun run). As Barking Park is part of the run and an obvious spectator point why was the boating lake and associated refreshment point closed? My family were looking forward to a bite to eat and buying some nuts for the squirrels! Overall I feel this event has not moved on, if anything it has dropped back. Date of review: May 29, 2005
In short: A lovely day - although the hills were quite a challenge! Would do it again! In full: This was my first 10k. So difficult to compare with any others. But there will be others, so that must be a good sign!
In short: Well organised without any fuss. Plenty of water stops and sponge stations. In full: Brilliant cartoon map of the course. That would make an excellent T shirt. Village hall and playing field made an excellent finishing area. I took the start time details from my entry form and not the Runners World Web site.
From a personal point of view I prefer an early start especially on hotter days.
Many thanks to all the very friendly marshals and water station staff. Date of review: May 29, 2005
In short: Beautiful race in a beautiful part of the world In full: This was my first race of 2005 and it is a definite favourite , having done it last year . The castle grounds and course are amazing , the organisation was great and the t-shirts were , ahemm , pink !! Thanks to all at Teesdale Athletic club who inspired me to beat 40 mins !! Date of review: May 29, 2005
In short: Scenic Fun Run...Not going to explode your lungs at any point. In full: Good Fun Run...Well organised...I did it quicker than I thought I would, maybe a little short...others seem to think so too. No big problem. Its a fun run. otherwise well organised with a good open atmosphere and good local support. Ill be back again. Date of review: May 29, 2005