In short: Thoroughly enjoyable day In full: Tricky hills (especially second time around!) Lovely scenic route once the hills were over and done with. A well organised event. Date of review: April 4, 2005
In short: This would be my race of chloice for a yearly pb attempt In full: I much prefer this race to Abbey Dash, why? 1) location, a lovely route and special finish in the castle grounds. 2)Seeding for different pace runners, means as a female sub 40 minute 10k you are not swamped and held up at the start. 3) Traffic free- well marshalled and policed, the city of Lincoln are making a great effort to make this the top 10k in the country, I commend them for this. 4) Crowd support is excellent 5)A range of differnet races attached, including wheelchairs mean an inclusive approach. 6)quick with the on line results and photographs after the race.
Yes I didn't experience the toilets and wasn't distracted by the innacuracy of the 9k marker as I have run the race before. No I love this race.
In short: Rural, flat, fast and well-organised In full: Very enjoyable race. Organisation was really excellent, with easy parking, good marshalling and some nice touches like a well-designed award mug, a cake sale, plenty of changing and toilet facilities and even instant memento photographs. The only glitch was the clock at the end wasn't working, I think because the starter was a bit too keen to get us away. Official race times in the results were spot on though. Course was largely flat but not quite car-free, so occasionally have to run on the cambered side of the road - no real problem. Nice rural scenery.
In short: Excellent race but killer hills In full: Very well organised, friendly atmosphere. The start was a bit narrow but there weren't too many people to cause a problem. It's fairly hilly but still a quick course. I'll definitely do it again. Date of review: April 4, 2005
In short: Nice run but poorly organised In full: I felt the organisation was appalling for this race. The ladies toilets weren't fully opened until about 15 minutes before the race. The marshalls made very little attempt if any to stop traffic for us to cross the road. Also there were insufficient water stations, especially given the high temperatures yesterday. All in all very poor! Date of review: April 4, 2005
In short: Good race let down by the late start In full: The only thing that lets the race down is the late start. There's a very good atmosphere, the finish is well organised and the goody bag has all the right stuff, but why can't we let late comers start late? They have a chip after all. Date of review: April 4, 2005
In short: First Half marathon In full: Training for the London marathon - great to experience the start, finish and running with a crowd. Massive queues to get on the allocated buses so I was pleased I left enough time prior to the start. However we started slightly later to allow for those probably still stuck in the bus queue. Enjoyed my first half marathon though. Date of review: April 4, 2005
In short: Nice easy running course. In full: Good for marathon preparation too. I like the most part of the course apart from the part with uneven gravel after the Kew bridge. Date of review: April 4, 2005
In short: Love the route - sort the toilets! In full: Not my first Towpath and despite the grumbles about the uneven surface (which did result in a casualty from my club) I do like the course. generally organsiation is good, parking in a residential setting is well handled and things are easily located. However year on year the ladies loo situation gets worse. With no tree areas near the start there is little opportunity to go alfresco for the desperate and loads of us were getting that way as the clock ticked by and we were still in the queue.
Thanks to Fullers for their sponsorship but can you go back to the classy tumblers rather than the butch beer glasses. Date of review: April 4, 2005