In short: Enjoyable race In full: The first time I did this race. Nice route although the 'slope' up to Halton was tougher than I had envisaged - managed to set a PB though. Nice shoe bag too. Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Challenging race and well organised In full: Local race for me - Nice atmosphere before and after. Pleasant way to spend a Sunday morning. Some mile markers missing ( or hidden ? )was the only negative.
In short: Excellent all round race In full: I have now done a few 10K/half marathons but I think that this was perhaps the best organised so far. The event was organised excellently and the course was well marshalled throughout. The route was pleasant and varied although the weather did make it quite a challenge and put pay to any PB potential for me. In fact, when crossing the dry ploughed field in the searing heat, I realised how a desert camel might feel (not because I have a hump on my back of course you understand!) Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Great fun for beginners, not too intimidating, no pb potential here though thanks to 1st half being uphill In full: Really enjoyed this outing as my first ever race after taking up running. Super atmosphere and Camperdown Park is excellent location for family picnics etc. Challenging course, though, with most of 1st half uphill. Organisation was good, liked the aerobics warmup. Very beginner friendly. Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Uncomplicated organisation with good marshalling. In full: A fairly flat course with definite PB potential. Organisation was uncomplicated,with an abundance of water stations. The absence of a 'clubby' feel makes it a good proposition for first timers. T-shirt was good quality though the design is an acquired taste! Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Hot Hot HOT! In full: Very well organised race. I did the half and there were the perfect number of water stations on an incredibly hot day. Heat damaged pb potential but otherwise could be very quick. Will def be back in 2006 legs willing. Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: very enjoyable experience In full: Great organisation, plenty of refreshments (even if one of the water stations was not an official refreshment area) good atmosphere. Will definitely be back! Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Good course, great organisation. Certainly one to book in for next year. In full: The course with its multi-terrain surfaces along the Thames through a nature reserve made the course both interesting and challenging in a "nice" way. The organisation was top notch and stewards friendly and helpful, couldn't fault it. Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Small but perfectly formed In full: There might not have been the sheer number of competitors that I've seen in some of the larger events, but the friendliness of the organisers and marshalls and of course the rest of the happy souls who took part definitely made this race something special. The course was scenic and challenging enough to make the muscles feel that they've had a good workout. Well done Ilkeston RC.
In short: Good atmosphere! In full: Thoroughly enjoyable race. Great to see the lead runners lapping us. Made it far more interesting. Couldn't get over their pace! Wow! Bit of a wait at the beginning and the keyring at the end was a big disappointment but will definitely be running next year. Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Excellent Half Marathon even if the sun was belting down. In full: Organisation was excellent. MArshalls were super friendly. Route is excellent. But I have to say some of the runners are real pigs and will push you out of the way just to get 2 feet in front of you because they can't be bothered to run around you (mainly men). Apart from those few everyone else was super nice ! Excellent t-shirt but could've done with more water at the end ! Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Less Civic buildings and more water stations! In full: Changing rooms locked & couldn't contact race organisers on number provided. Great weather and atmosphere but 3 laps of the Civic Buildings was not good. The leg through Bute Park was great as was the finish. Only one water station out on the course was not enough on a hot day. Shirt was a bit naff & the keyring was embarrassing! Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: ok- why so short In full: smashing( yep, too hot too) venue, but the shortness will confuse and disappoint beginners and their future times - me included! Again for unseasoned runners-Maybe put the "k "markers on poles too , to help you assess where you are? Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Great day for a first timer like me! In full: What seems to be forgotten is that collectively, we 2,500 runners probably raised millions of pounds! Hooray for us! And the organisers. And for those who may need cancer treatment in the future. OK, so the course was short of 10k - I can understand that 10k regulars would be a little miffed to find that thier new PB doesn't stand, but all in all it was a great day, in the grounds of one of the great palaces of Britiain, with clear blue skies and much goodwill and laughter. When I turned 44 years of age in Mid July, I hadn't run anywhere for over 20 years. Thanks to a Runner's World article called '0 to 10k in Six Weeks' I completed the course in 54 minutes and felt great. I'll certainly do more 10k's and I don't care if I never match that time! Its the doing that counts. Date of review: September 5, 2005