In short: Enjoyable course - Recommend turning up early as likely to have to queue to get into the park. I found this out to my expense which meant I did not have time to warm up. Date of review: October 18, 2004
In short: Enjoyable run even with mud & hills. Last hill a bit of a pig, but a chap who'd already finished stood just before last corner about 200m from finish line and spurred us on. Managed to sprint to the end thanks to him! In full: Organisers admitted only marking out the course the day before. Shame they didn't put out the markers as promised. The system at the finish was a bit complicated and could have been better organised (finishers backing up before the finish line) and no timer at the finish. Only my 2nd 10k and improved PB by 11 mins - until I'd read other comments questioning distance, thought I'd done it all myself!! Oh well, had a great time anyway and will definitely do again next year. Date of review: October 18, 2004
In short: Worth every step - the scenery and the run is fantastic! In full: Great run - sadly let down by just one thing which was a shame: the water stations couldn't cope and at the end actually ran out. Date of review: October 18, 2004
In short: Who measured this course. I have no faith that this was ten miles. The nine mile marker was at least 400 metres out. Pathetic organisation and a rude marshall at the end. Date of review: October 17, 2004
In short: Never again. Start was a shambles, K markers small & easy to miss & not measured correctly, finish funnel a shambles In full: The entrance to the car park was on a narrow lane where the runners were assembling for the start. We had to move to allow cars still arriving. We were moved back about 5 times for some reason. The start was 10 mins late.
There was no defined start line so runners near the back could not get an accurate split time. The K markers were very small and difficlut to see. Several were misplaced - my 6.5 min k's then became 5.25min then 8.25 min with little change in terrain.
The finish funnel could not handle the numbers of finishers around the hour, with runners getting in the wrong order.
How can the 18th running of a race be such a mess? I'll not be back and it's unlikely any members of our running club will be either.
In short: Beautiful scenery, well worth getting up early on a Sunday. In full: Great setting for my 1st race, but needed distance markers. Good atmosphere, will definitely be doing it again. Date of review: October 17, 2004