In short: Big hills! Steep and long! In full: A lovely run but don't go looking for PBs here. If you are a lightweight like me who doesn't like hills then finishing without walking too much is a bonus. Date of review: August 16, 2005
In short: Flat - NO! Undulating - YES ! Not a course for a PB, well marshalled and organised good parking facilities In full: Would consider doing this again, however if there was something more appealing then I would definately have my reservations.
Nice T-Shirt, however entry fee slighty on the pricey side compared to many other runs I have previously done, maybe something to look at next year - especially with this being the first year for the event, it is an ideal time to iron out these suggestions.
Thank You to all the marshalls who helped throughout and to those who encouraged some of the slower runners like myself by cheering us on our way round !
Can definately see a larger field for next year, although please change the course description from FLAT to UNDULATING ! Ta Date of review: August 16, 2005
In short: Great scenic run through a Royal Park. In full: Well organised, great atmosphere, get in early as always oversubscribed. I will do it again and again and again. Can't think of a better way to spend a Summer evening. Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: A pleasant introduction to 10Ks In full: This was my first 10K so I have little else to compare it to yet. As a newbie, I found the size of the field fairly reasonable - I tucked myself in at the middle/back so as not to get in the way of anyone too quick, and after the first few hundred metres the field spread out enough to allow me to run my own race. This is my local race and so I know the area quite well. The course must be quite fast as I was expecting 52 minutes yet came home in 47. The uphill leg from Wendover is compensated by the downhill leg from RAF Halton that follows immediately. This is quite gentle compared to some other Buckinghamshire courses so should not put anyone off. The memento of a bag was quite nice and should last longer than a T-shirt that shrinks in the first wash! Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: A small but well organised event, definitely one to try. Some hilly sections but generally copeable with a varied, picturesque & mainly woodland course (with at one point a stunning seaview of Paignton). Well marshalled with pre-race info helpful. Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: A distinct event in wooded location. Would suggesthaving a more visible finish banner, with mile (km) signs and distance markers towards the finish. Excellent result service. Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: Great support but bad organisation/marshalling In full: The course itself is not too demanding and the residential streets made for good opportunities for passers by cheering you on.
At the point where the second lap started and the finishers raced on to the end, one of the marshalls hung their coat over the sign. You couldn't tell until you were right on top of it!
No signs anywhere in the centre/train station to help people travelling in. Announcements at beginning of race could not be heard at back and there was no mention of where to queue for t-shirt, until you headed back to the sports centre and found the windy queue! Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: friendly run good mix of club and first time runners. In full: A nice good pleasent sunday morning run. Great to have plenty of water stations somthing other race organisers should take note of, First time i'd run this race on a personal side would run again as managed a new p.b.and met plenty of friendly runners as usual to chat with along the way. Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: Scenery was excellent and the relay option was handy for me to run with a friend who was a beginner. In full: Really enjoyed the run. The music & festival atmosphere was nice. Would recommend this run to others. Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: Really enjoyed this hilly run. Atmosphere was good, even for those of us who finished at the back of the pack. Would def recommend! In full: A bit hard for beginners but satisfying and well organised. I will be running this again, hopefully with more experience and a better time next year. Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: On Sand/water, Gale Force Winds and in Blackpool. But very flat. In full: Not a personal fan of Blackpool myself. Too many lowlifes trying to fleece you out of your money and gale force winds even in summer. But the race wasn't too bad.
Ok, some of the sand was soft (read hard to run on) and you had to think about how to cross the puddles (small lakes at points) but it was flat and at least the gale force wind cooled you off, even if it did make running north a bit hard.
Two laps might put a beginner off - the idea of having to do it all again after getting to the finish line once - but that aside it wasn't too bad. Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: good scenery ,well organised In full: Certainly not flat as advertised but not hilly either one steady slope for about a k with a couple of sharp short hills in it The organisation was good apart from the pre-race brief the guy giving it was trying to shout and was not heard by most. A PA would be ideal. Overall very enjoyable depends whats on this time next year as to whether I do it again.
In short: Brilliant! Beautiful and friendly run. In full: Excellent event, well organised and good value. Very scenic route, mildly undulating along the Mull coast. Race representatives meet you of the ferry (45mins from Oban), all transport laid on (baggage to finish, you back to ferry. Plenty of time to enjoy the event, watch the junior races (brilliant) and the prize giving. Weather was superb this year so the water points every three miles were very welcome. Excellent value for £10 (T shirt, medal, bus, coastguard escort! etc) Very friendly, finished at a hotel pub! Recommended. Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: One huge hill to start with then lovely moorland and woodland before going back down the initial hill. In full: This was my first ever 'away' race and the first hill is a real killer one I certainly underestimated. It's the first time ever I've had to walk before 1Km! but everyone else was too so I don't feel too bad. The scenery is fantastic, from the sea view to the heather on the moorland. However be aware of real ankle twisting potential in the woods with mud, roots and dappled shade and on the final descent which is impossible to do slowly. There were lots of marshals around the course, although a few more supportive 'cheers' would have been nice (I'm a back runner so they may have been getting bored by the time I came passed) The weather was perfect dry & sunny but not too hot (Mid August heat and that hill could have been a killer combination) and being able to follow the run with a dip in the sea was a real treat. I was very dissappointed that the promised t-shirts were in fact 'baseball caps' but for the price it's a good race. Date of review: August 15, 2005
In short: Nice way to spend a summer evening! In full: Was staying with family in South Wales and thought I'd give this a try. Did the Swansea Bay 10k a couple of years back and actually enjoyed this mini-version of it better. Made a pleasant change for someone who lives nowhere near the coast nowadays and would definitely recommend it to anyone who lives within reasonable distance of the Swansea area. I think they do 3 summer 5ks over this course, and I reckon it would be a really good way to gauge your fitness by comparing times for all 3. Although there were mainly club runners on show, I reckon it's also a perfectly good course for beginners or "fun-runners" who want to keep in shape over the summer months. Date of review: August 15, 2005