In short: A good race In full: The missing mile markers may have bothered some, but not me. Good for a PB attempt, despite the shortish (600m) steep hill. Hold steady for the first 3 miles, then really go for it. Date of review: April 10, 2005
In short: Well organised, great medal and stately portaloo!! In full: A challenging course with more hills that expected, however they were not obscene. Great atmosphere all the marshalls were very helpful and a definite for next year. I e-mailed the race director to confirm a few points and got a very prompt reply. All his hard work paid off. Date of review: April 10, 2005
In short: Good experience, but a bit more organization would have made it even better. In full: Being a back of the pack runner presents a unique perspective on races. I have been running less than a year and this was only my third 10k and I did a personal best. Marshalls remaining at their posts till they are absolutly sure the last runner has past them would have eliminated several confusing moments for me as to where I was to continue on. The times that I needed direction, the marshalls weren't there. Overall, it was a fast course, the steps were a killer, but I did enjoy it. Date of review: April 10, 2005
In short: promised PB potential but not as fast as Leeds or Dewsbury In full: Overall good, well run race. facilities limited (only 4 showers). Great for the kids with the park so close by. Date of review: April 10, 2005
In short: Great race. Extremely demanding 10 miler on rolla-coaster route. Hardly any flat sections at all. No traffic. Great views. Only negative is car parking. Get there early to avoid problems. Date of review: April 10, 2005
In short: Beat my PB and good camaraderie, but where was the 5 mile marker! In full: Enjoyed this today, especially cruising down the hill (after a steady climb up), perhaps a little too fast as I slowed later! My main criticism has to be WHERE WAS THE 5 MILE MARKER! I was depending on this before upping my effort and got somewhat depressed when it didn't appear and thought I was way off my PB. Apparentely it was there, just rather well hidden. Was a nice surprise when the end of the course came in sight and is definitely one to do again- more toilets needed too!
In short: Overall an enjoyable morning In full: I enjoyed this run and the event as a whole. I think they try very hard with the organisation although as the entries appear to be growing they may need to look at the toilet facilities and also how they deal with medal engraving in future. Every effort was made to communicate start times and keep us informed - unlike other events run recently.
Traffic is an issue and I did get the feeling that many runners were running in front of cars without much care and attention - more worried about their PBs. The Marshalls did a good job and made people think about what they were doing.
I like the fast second half of the course which means you can really crack on after the three mile marker but was it me or was there no 5 mile marker?