In short: Good race - especially nice to run over the barrage. In full: Race had a nice atmosphere outside the Millennium Centre. Marshalled well and was nice to have the chance to run over the barrage.
The finishing area was a little chaotic and unorganised - the medals could have been placed in the goodie bag.
Plus a few more toilets would have been appriecated what with the big crowds. Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: Fast and Flat with Superb Start, Glorious Middle and Spectacular End In full: As flat as they come outside Holland. Starts and ends in Cardiff waterfront café quarter. Excellent for family, friends and spectators. Junior 2k first which was a Joy to watch. The middle 2 miles take you out on the seafront and the finish is a wide spectator-lined sprint in front of some snazzily designed municipal building. Got my medal, didn’t even know there was a goody bag which apparently there was, but hey what a nice race. Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: Good day out, if a bit hilly! In full: Well-organised event. Didn't join in the pre-race aerobics session! Only snag was after crossing start line, came to grinding halt for a couple of minutes as we all tried to get through bottleneck at stadium exit. Water in cups caused a few delays. Hills not as bad as expected and matched my PB to the second! Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: Tougher than I anticipated, but great atmosphere with start and finish in the stadium In full: Living in Sheffield, I felt obliged to enter this to show my support. Even though I train on hills and know most of the roads on the course, I still found the hilly bits testing. I'm rather thanksful, though, that the last 5 miles are largely downhill or flat. As far as organisation goes, the course had good marshalling and the closed roads certainly made things a lot easier. The crowds were great even those small pockets of people when you were out towards the stadium side of the city. On the negative side, the mile markers were rather random - I missed the first two completely only to find at the third that I was running a fast 10k pace instead of half marathon pace. I paid for that later in the race! The 4 mile marker was never a mile from the 3 mile marker - more like 3/4mile. The 5 mile marker was over a mile from the 4-mile marker, bizarrely. I'm pretty sure that the last 3 miles were conutry miles though, but maybe that's because I was cream crackered from my unexpectedly fast early pace. The only other course negative were all of the twists and turns and the use of underpasses. Whilst I appreciate the desire to minimise road closures, they are do add unnecessary turns and short hills. As someone else commented, the goodie bag was rather naff, although my kids were impressed with the sweets - can't think why? On a final positive note, the medal was very well made and impressive - far better than the one I got from Bristol last year, and the finish in the stadium was uplifting - despite having to run around the top before we could actually enter it. Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: Shocking to have water station withdrawn before all runners had gone through the first lap. In full: I saw markers for miles 1, 4 and 5 - where were the rest? Didn't like running through the busy shopping area. As I approached the water station at the end of lap 1 it was being dismantled - why no water for slower runners on such a warm day? Big hill was good. Would have been nicer to have a stadium finish rather than the dirt path behind it.
In short: Great atmosphere although challenging at the start In full: Nice race for a beginner although the start is tough. Once you get over that, the rest of the course is glorious and excellent support all round. Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: Superbly organised race, lucky with the weather this year. Could have done without the drummers sacring me witless at the end! In full: Excellent pace at the front, well done to everyone. THis was a hard, hilly course and everyone seemed to give it 100%. Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: A few glitches, but a nice welcoming atmosphere and a great venue made up for it. In full: A wonderful venue for any 10k race, but Sport City was weirdly ghost-townish.
A water station would have been a good idea on a warm sunny morning like this, especially for the slower runners out there for 80 minutes+.
The results weren't ready in time for the vet class presentations, and nearly half of the course was on a gravelly car-park with some tight turns around traffic cones.
That said, this was the first running of the event, the course was fast, accurately measured, and well marshalled, and the facilities were top notch. Add a dose of Manchester sunshine and it was a very worthwhile and in many ways quite charming morning out - especially as the biggest cheer of the day went to the last few finishers.
Despite intending to take it easy, the super-fast start on the track led me astray and I ended up running a pb.
In short: Hidden gem of a race. Welcoming well organised and what a pleasure to be presented with medal and congratulated personally by head round table chap! In full: Lovely day, great setting relaxed and well orhanised race. lovely and varied scenery and great support from friendly and efficient marshalls. No problem with entry on the day. Really nice having three different races and walkers too who i must say were very patient considerate and suppotive of the runners.All in all a great race will be back next year and would recommend it without hesitation. Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: Great flat race In full: overall very good, and loads of potential for pbs. However, could have done with a water station, also medals should have been handed out with goody bag. Date of review: May 2, 2005