In short: Lovely sunny day. Shortage of water. Impatient motorists. In full: The weather was glorious, so very pleased that the trees provided shade. As we started as the back, the water had run out at the 2k stand, but fortunately got a bottle at the 5k point. The organisers and marshalls deserve congratulations, especially those that had to cope with the stroppy motorists. Thanks for a lovely Sunday morning! Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: What better way to spend Sunday morning...? In full: First 10k, got a time of 50 mins so v.pleased, the weather couldn't have been better and the course was very beginner friendly. Would definitley do it again :-) Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: Enjoyable run with a slight hill at 3K. Not a PB race. Well organised and definately looking for an award for most unusual finishing goody. Unfortunately with the amount of hair I have I may not even be half way through my hair gel by next years run Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: Great flat race In full: First ever race and thoroughly enjoyed it. Lovely weather, great scenery and atmosphere but lack of information about starting point and severe lack of women's toilets made for either a late start or an uncomfortable run! Will definitely be going back again next year though - great pb potential. Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: Very well organised. A nice day out for the whole family. In full: I was impressed with how much there was to do for spectators and kids. Very well organised, very scenic course, plenty of water before during and after the event. The only down-side was that it didn't really cater for slower runners. I went through the first mile in 9½ minutes and that put me right at the back! Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: I don't know why I like it but I'll be back again In full: Terrible organisation at the start, too hot, too humid, too hilly, not enough loos, poorly maintained roads and pavements, course almost single file at places. Needless to say I loved every minute, got a PB and will be back again next year. It's my local city race so I may be biased......
To answer Andy from Embsay's point - I was one of the runner's milling about, the reason was that the PA was completely inaudible in the road down to the start so we couldn't hear a word of the instructions. We did actually get out of the way to let the elite runners walk down to the start, but even starting 80-90m back from the line we were soon overtaking run-walkers who had clearly started at the tape! Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: Start a bit of a shambles, but a nice run anyway. In full: Well, my Polar claimed it was 10.5km as well, but as the course is certified I'm prepared to assume that the man with the calibrated bicycle is more accurate than the technology.
Pre-race information was a bit vague about where the start actually was, which led to a lot of people getting stuck on the wrong side of the narrow alleyway linking the park with the start. As a result I was only just heading for the right bit of the start when, oh, the race started! Not the best organisation there, but the race itself was fun - maybe one less water station would be worth doing if it meant more people at the others, though?
But the atmosphere was great once I got past enough traffic to have a clear(ish) run, and it seems churlish to be moaning about the start and other bits of technicality when most of the other 4000 participants had a good run and raised buckets of cash for charity.
If I'm allowed just one more teeny tiny quibble, though - might it be worth making the time markers at the start a bit clearer? About half the race seemed to be starting in the 35-40 zone! Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: Fast & scenic! In full: Well pleased with the PB - very flat course. Very scenic in the 2nd half, along the river. Only one complaint - as I'd travelled a fair distance to the race, I was counting on the toilet marked on the map opposite the start. Unfortunately, it doesn't open until 10am (90 minutes after the race starts!!) Other than that, well organised, good value. Will definitely be back! Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: Good, tough race which makes you work hard at the right times In full: The course is a bit of a challenge with hills for the first half. Second half comes as a relief but long flat finish is one for mind over matter. Water stations excellent and plentiful although chip timing would be a massive improvement as the finish became back logged. Knocked 7 minutes off my time from the FLM half at Silverstone so can't complain. Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: No major complaints - just a few could do betters In full: Pluses first: - excellent value (a free T-shirt is more use to me than yet another medal) - nice and flat so I did a PB (despite the sunny weather which I hate) - marshalls in all the right places - water in the right places
minuses: -the starter needed a megaphone - no one could hear him - the marshalls were basically standing around with their arms out directing you as opposed to cajoling you/ giving witty one liners which I would prefer, - wasn't sure where the actual start line was and so don't know whether my time was accurate (eg we had a timing aerial on but was it started when I crossed the invisible start line or by the starter's hooter?). My watch time was around 50secs different from my aerial time... - no one to hand my aerial to at the end - so I gave it a T-shirt seller as I had parked at the finish. I also saw lots of people wandering off with their numbers still on - this must have cost Ranelagh some money?
But don't want to moan too much, I treated it as an up tempo training run and that, basically is what it was. Date of review: May 16, 2005