In short: Well organised, great support and plently of drink stations, good facilities, one for next year! In full: My first full marathon, so set a PB :) - a great course and not too difficult, even the hills in the first half aren't to testing and having run round the rowing lake before I knew how tedious this bit would be.
Well done to the organisers of this event! Date of review: September 13, 2005
In short: Good, low impact surface. Great environment. In full: I enjoyed the opportunity to do a 10k on something other than tarmac, it made a nice change. The surface was varied and had a good mix of hills, twists and turns, but I still managed another PB. You'll need to allow plenty of time to get from the main car park to the start, especially if pushing buggies or walking with toddlers. The leg massage at the end was very welcome.
I'll definitely come back next year. Date of review: September 13, 2005
In short: Lovely venue for a great cause - only let down by the distance. In full: The atmosphere at this event was very warm and the friendliness of all in attendance made it a great day out.
I would almost certainly do this run or another Cancer Research 10K run again at one of the other stately homes purely for the charity and the venue on offer.
The only, and I do mean ONLY, negative point about the race was the actual distance of the course. My GPS agreed with the 5K marker (within 50m), so I was confident the course had been marked out properly. However, the finish line came at 9.4K (for this reason, I have rated the opportunity for a PB as very low - maybe I should have rated that as very high?)
All in all, taken for what it was, this was a fun course, in almost perfect running conditions. Date of review: September 13, 2005
In short: Very generously organised event on a cracking cross-country course In full: Well marked and marshalled course with a nice T-shirt and free food and beer at the end. Tough climbs, some seriously uneven surfaces underfoot, mostly deep in woodland with a few wide views. Date of review: September 13, 2005
In short: Great location, challenging, but fun, finished with a smile In full: Really enjoyed the venue, the hills gave it excitement and challenge. Im not the best runner but I love this course and will return year on year to better my PB. Great location for families too. Date of review: September 13, 2005
In short: Tougher than expected due to the surface. In full: Not a bad race along the sea wall, although the beginning was pretty poor as most did not quite know what was going on. One minute there was a photo being taken for the local rag, the next we were off. Seemed to be a bit of a mix up with the 5k runners at the front. Would much prefer if KM markers were used instead of mile ones. Also thought the marshalls looked a bit glum, clearly not runners, just rotarians. Despite minor whinges, did enjoy the run, although went off too quick and died a bit late on. Did not realise the surface would take out as much as it did. Will certainly do next year. Date of review: September 13, 2005
In short: Challenging terrain but enjoyed it. Shame about the weather! In full: My first 10k and only the second organised run I have done so not a lot to compare it with. The parking on arrival was hilarious - 4 army cadets per car making sure everyone lined up in EXACTLY straight lines and making those that parked slighly skew to repark. This caused a big tailback onto the main road but they were the lucky ones -I would have sat in my car longer if I had known how cold and miserable it was going to be just hanging around waiting for something to happen. The PA system was so tempermental that they should have abandoned it & just got on with the race. The race itself was fine although certainly not 50% grass as stated - it was mainly running through fields, on a kind of furrowed track. It was very hard to overtake people most of the time. The marshalls were good though, very encouraging and lots of them. There was a really good atmosphere at the end. I think the main problem with the race was the weather - a bit of sunshine would have transformed it. Date of review: September 13, 2005
In short: well - organised, enjoyable ( can say that 2 days later ! ) event. In full: My first full marathon. Did RH half last year so knew what to expect for 13 miles. Thought the course, marshalling and general support was fantastic and will definitely be doing it again. Date of review: September 13, 2005
In short: Great race! In full: This was my 4th half marathon ever and the best one yet!I had a great time! Its a fantastic race, with very pleasant scenery, fantastic crowds and a superb finish ...I would love to run this race again, but maybe the full marathon next time. I ran a convincing pb too! Date of review: September 13, 2005
In short: Great 1/2 marathon will run it again! In full: Fantastic organisation,water stations & marshalls spot on. The church singers were brilliant "thanks for the support!". A varied course really nice through Wooloton Park & the woods but then not so scenic through the ind. estates but you cant have it all hey! Date of review: September 13, 2005
In short: My first 10K race and thoroughly enjoyed due to it being well organised and friendly. In full: A really well organised event, with an undulating course to make it interesting. Very friendly for beginners with good marshalling and support all the way round. Never going to be a pb course for most of us, but well worth doing. I will be back next year. Thanks to all who organised and supported the event. Date of review: September 13, 2005