In short: Nice course made into a hopeless race In full: 1) 20 minute wait on the start line - but hey - at least it was nice and warm :( 2) start impossible to hear 3) no distance markers 4) dreadful organisation of last 1/3 mile - running with the back markers of the halfmarathon - no attempt to seperate the two (even using the tannoy to ask the 1/2m mob to move to the left would have been something - but oh no). 5) expect a lot more for the money Probably a very nice jog for a first time fun runner, but if you want anything else - forget this event - its shambolic Date of review: February 27, 2005
In short: Excellent Organisation and fabulous...ly challenging....course ! In full: Fantastic - really enjoyed the challenge and the great marshalling and course - I think more Triathletes should marshall road races as they are certainly more bubbly.
Would recommend this to anyone wanting a serious work out and a finish that defies belief in the dry let alone in the conditions we had ! Crampons please ! Date of review: February 27, 2005
In short: Oh the hills, would do again. Very well organised and good atmosphere. In full: Just got home from the race, first timers for this one. Great race, enough marshalls and water stops. Some very hard hills, begining with the "gully" and some really amazing views. Must learn to run down hills faster, played cat and mouse with other runners, over taking them up hill and them over taking me down hill!! Read about a "naff t-shirt" at the end, but I like this years and they gave me choice of size.! Nice to have one that fits me, unlike others that have become nighties. Nice touch with the goody bag. Cakes looked delightful and very nice ladies! Date of review: February 27, 2005
In short: As a beginner, a very nice race, nice surroundings v enjoyable In full: Nice for beginners and veteran 5k'ers alike. There were about 450-500 there I think. Very well organised - am looking forward to more races like this one. Date of review: February 27, 2005
In short: Just another race. Nothing memorable to bring you back. In full: Moderately hilly (4 or 5 hills) so quite challenging from that respect. Potentially slow start - lots of runners and narrow roads so prepare to be held up if you're quick. Scenery average. Finish area all very business like. Didn't seem to be any spirit to the race. Nothing sticks in the mind. Disappointing. Date of review: February 27, 2005
In short: Upset that it did not go ahead after i was told race delayed till 10.30 and turned up despite the snow! In full: Would like to know if we are going to get our money refunded! Date of review: February 27, 2005
In short: Hills! Scary to go up, and scary to come down! Great fun though. In full: Great organisation, good atmosphere, tough course for road runners who take 'undulating' to mean mountain-free! Date of review: February 27, 2005
In short: A thoroughly enjoyable run In full: This was the first time i'd run this race although I am a regular runner in Bushy Park. Slightly biased as a member of Stragglers but I found it punctual, excellently marshalled, well marked out and very friendly throughout.
The unexpected long sleeved Cabbage Patch tee-shirt for extra warmth was a nice touch at the end as well.
An extremely scenic course which would have looked all the better for a bit of sun on the morning.
A good, low key, well run event. Very much recommended.
In short: in one word, a disaster! In full: This is my 5th year at the Daffodil race, and i certainly wont be entering again. Start delayed for the 2nd year. Good idea for an aerobics session beforehand, but shame we had to spend 20 mins standing in the biting wind after he had finished warming us all up! Tannoy unhearable, and positioned as far as possible from the start line! Nice challenging course, but thats about it imm afraid. I trained loads for this event, and worked hard for the first 5 miles but as Justin says the last 1000m was a joke. As I came through the courtyard at the top of the hill, I had to nearly stop as I thought I had gone the wrong way. A member of the public obviously noticed my confusion and directed me among the dwindling half-marathoners for my final 800m to the finish. Having tried to work my way though the conjested finish straight, I gave up not wanting to barge through and upset those running in memory of people that they had lost through cancer. I have no idea what time I finished in, probably well outside the 42mins I was well on track for until the end.
Oh, and they didnt even give me a goody bag or medal for my efforts!
I think in future I'll just donate a tenner to the charity as opposed to entering the race!
Id say that the only thing I cant blame on the organisers is the blister on my big toe. Date of review: February 27, 2005
In short: Undulating course which is typical of the terrain around Bolton. More interesting than the flat runs the hill on Lostock Lane no worse than that at the Bolton 10K but a little longer maybe.Good local run. Date of review: February 27, 2005