In short: I went there for old times sake and came away with a PB! In full: I ran the first ever Mansfield Half and went back on it's 25th Anniversary this year to have another look. It was so heartening to see how this race has grown and matured into something quite special.
Race HQ was easy to find, there was plenty of free parking, there were loads of keen young runners ready to take part in the fun run and there was a real friendly atmosphere.
The course has changed over the years and was a lot less tough than it was in '81, but still quite challenging.
There were plenty of happy smiling marshals, lots of water and good support around the course.
At the end we got a goody bag, T shirt, mug and commemorative 25th Anniversary photo.
The post-race facilities were excellent with the use of the leisure centre showers.
And to top it off I had a great race and took over 4 minutes off my previous (2 year old) PB, finishing in 1.42.28 :) Date of review: July 5, 2005
In short: My third year running this one. A lovely, flat, fast course. Really well organised with a nice community atmosphere, makes a nice change from the big mass running events. Date of review: July 5, 2005
In short: Wish my running had been as smooth as the organisation In full: Well organised. Good venue - definite PB chance if the wind's not up. Bit pricey for a 10k, but the organisation justifies some of that. Nice to see preliminary results posted straight up. Date of review: July 5, 2005
In short: Organisation appalling In full: The worst organised race I have taken part in. It appeared to be a money making venture with no concern for actual runners. Walkers mixed in with the elite runners at the start and this caused confusion and frustration. The water stations especially in the tunnels were a joke and the finish, well that speaks for itself. 'What Finish?' Why was there no Finish Line Banner, even Fun Runs ensure the basics. The atmosphere was excellent but this was in no way due to any part played by the Organisers. This will go down as the 'Sorry' London 10K due to the fact that most of the time runners were apologising to each other for colliding into each other especially on the many tight hairpins. Would I do it again? Yes, but I would treat it as a Fun Run, well after all it was a big joke with regards to the Organisation. Date of review: July 5, 2005
In short: Running through the heart of the greatest city on earth - What more do you want. In full: Whilst I agree that the price for this race is expensive.
I find it a shame that a lot of runners seem hell bent on trying to break PB's in every race and so missed out on the oportunity to soak up the atmosphere and the delights that are normally reserved for runners completing 26.2 miles.
This race was never about fast times, it was about enjoying a mass participation event.
Great event, yes room for improvement and please lower the cost Date of review: July 5, 2005
In short: Great views, and hard work up and down the hills - but you don't choose to do this one cos it's easy! In full: Only gripe is that I got lost twice which cost me a few places, but this is effectively a fell-run, so that's part of the challenge.
Despite being a very tough run, it has a mixed field so you can go at any pace Date of review: July 5, 2005
In short: Great race, great organisation In full: Great race, heat got me though. Went through 5 miles bang on pace, but then died after that. Good lift from the band outside the pub a Pleasley who were playing teenage kicks as I approached, I had to join in as i went through. Once again Great Race, great organisation, pity I was so poor. Date of review: July 5, 2005
In short: Good race In full: Increase in marshalling required, particularly on the course. Also back marker required Marshalls needed communication method i.e. radio to increase responsivness time to emergencies Date of review: July 5, 2005
In short: What should have been a great race was spoilt by terrible organisation. The course itself has too many sharp U turns and information was poor throughout the race. Kilometre markers were missing and the organisation at the finish was even worse. In full: I was really disappointed with this race. I had been looking forward to it for sometime and had hoped for London Marathon slickness. The problems started for me having to take a half day off from work just so I could collect my running number fromthe Hard Rock Shop. Very unhelpful arrangement. On the day directions were poor and there seemed to be a lack of staff with any idea of what was going on. At one point crowds were milling about indifferent directions and I had no idea where the start was. Eventually most people seemed to go in the right direction and we ended up at the top end of Picadilly. The timed pen arrangement collapsed completely and it was obvious after I passed runners walking within 1/2k of the start that slower runners had made their way to the front of the field. The constant doubling back on ones self made life particularly difficult exacerbated by the large numbers of runners. The route could have been much better. Whilst I will probably run this race again I have to say it was one of the worst organised I have run in and really did not represent value for money. Great shame and a great let down. Date of review: July 5, 2005
In short: The organisation of this race was positively criminal, and the value for money non-existant. The playing of Chariots of Fire near the end was an excellent motivator though. In full: No waved starting, few marshalls, water at pinch points on the route, and you only got your medal if you had put a bag in for storage. Plus only a medal and cr***y t-shirt for your £30. If you want to run a PB in this make sure you are at the front of the field at the start, otherwise you have no chance. All in all, not impressed considering the price. The loud playing of Chariots of Fire near the end did spur me on to a fast last k though! Date of review: July 5, 2005
In short: Fantastic Race! Definately one of the hardest 1/2 marathons in the UK. I'm aching in places I never thought possible. The support from the other runners was fantastic. Well done to everyone! Date of review: July 5, 2005
In short: This should be such a good race, but is seriously let down by poor organisation and value In full: The second year I've done this race and I'm afraid the organisation is no better than last year. They really do need to look at the arrangements at the start, and the value for money is sreadful. On the other hand, the atmosphere is great. Date of review: July 4, 2005
In short: Overpriced and under-organised In full: Really disappointing - where do I begin? No organisation at the start, only surpassed by the lack of organisation at the end. No signs on the water stations, missing km markers and enough u-turns to make me dizzy. Didn't spot the finish until I was ontop of it - looked like someone had Tipp-Ex'd it onto the road. Dodged kids at the finish who were sat in the road (actually SAT IN THE ROAD) eating McDonald's, then began the lengthy search for my medal. No goody bag and a poor quality t-shirt, which I resented having to pick up from central London (I paid the same expensive entry fee as those outside the M25 who had theirs posted - why should I have to make the journey to Hard Rock Cafe between their restricted collection hours?). Overall a disappointment - a shame when this race through London could be glorious. Thank goodness the cheering crowds were top notch!!!! Date of review: July 4, 2005