In short: awful route In full: loved the massive car parks,shops and momento. hated the route which included laps around the car park! only one water stop!!very demoralising to be lapped by over half the field. will not be back I'm afraid Date of review: June 9, 2014
In short: A well organised, possibly PB race, but too hot on the day. In full: A fast flat course, but the heat made the going very tough. There was only one drinks station on route, and my cup was only a quarter full.
The course was rather dull, running twice round an Industrial Estate, but on a cooler day, would have seen some faster times. An 11.00 start was a bit unfortunate due to the temperature, and an earlier start would have been preferable.
I think the increase in entries was due to the race being given HRRL rating, but there were an awful lot of did not starts. Date of review: June 8, 2014
In full: Hot, hot, hot! Run at the lakeside centre, free parking and lots of toilets, shops open for family to get refreshments, route consisted of laps but I don't mind laps, plus your family get to see you more! It was very hot today and glad I ran with my own water, I would be suprised if there will be pb's today because of the heat. Nice momento, chip timing too, will be back next year Date of review: June 8, 2014
In short: Fast flat 5k series, start could be improved In full: A flat and fast series which attracts a good field, mostly club runners. In general the race is well organised.
The start is on a narrow path which makes it very congested over the first 800m as people try to make their own space. This could be improved by moving the start line to one of the wider paths within a km of the start. Some expected finishing-time boards would also help people to line up in an appropriate position. Chip timig would also help a lot, especially for those chasing PBs who aren't starting right at the front, but I guess would increase the entry fee.
In short: The best 10k race I've ever done In full: This race has it all, a lot of other races could learn from the D-Day 10k. As the race was held at the Mountbatten Centre (sports centre with athletics track) then it provided an excellent start / finish for the race as well as changing facilities & something to eat & drink after Date of review: June 9, 2013
In full: First time for me, quite nice running round the track and probably the only time I will ever get my name called out on a track. 2 laps free of traffic which is great, marshalls were encouraging and I liked the medal, good venue for spectators and will be back next year Date of review: June 9, 2013
In short: Not impressed! In full: I had been a big fan of the Victory 5 mile race purely for its PB potential.
I am not impressed though after entering the 10k. The extended route is just a lap round a grotty car park. Also I ran a time fast enough to finish in the top 8 and my name is not even on the results! The admin team must have mistakenly entered me for the 5 miler!
Sort it out next year please!! If anyone could find me the results of the 5 mile and post me a link, I would be grateful!
I would advise others to stick to the 5 mile event in future. :) Date of review: September 17, 2012
In short: A well-organised race with good PB potential but also a good first race. In full: Exactly what you want from a 10k really, good organisation and marshalling on a very flat and fast route. A good mix of runners from the very fast through social runners to people obviously trying their first race. Relaxed atmosphere and considering this was in the middle of a big city there were some nice quiet and fairly pretty parts of the route. One lap, no serious bottlenecks and plenty of room for overtaking. Not many opportunities for supporters to see their runners except at start and finish but at least there was a nice cafe for them to sit in at the race HQ. Unusual memento too, which was a nice touch. My only slight gripe was the water stations which were too early in the race and then another too late, would have been better with just one about half way in my opinion, but it was only 10k so not really an issue, especially on a chilly day. Will definitely be back next year! Date of review: June 11, 2012