In short: A pleasant way to spend a Sunday morning In full: The race was fine, other than the start which was no better than the previous year. The course is pleasant enough, but mainly through housing estates Date of review: February 1, 2009
In short: Candidate for the "worst start" award? In full: A really chaotic start! This was not helped that in order to reach the start runners approached from the front rather than the back and, as the start area was not wide, I guess many found themselves unable to push towards the back and consequently started too far forward. The announcements were inaudible except for the 3-2-1 and the start line wasn't too obvious. But after the first minute of people tripping and bumping it did open up quickly.
Thereafter a flat unremarkable course with a few twists and turns and a reasonable number of supporters considering the weather. And, whilst the race was short the weather had noticeably improved by the end with the wind dropping and the appearance of sun rather than the expected snow.
Whilst I've no doubt that the course was the advertised 5 miles the GPS users I asked had it in the 5.35 - 5.45 range
Suggestions for next time? a better start with a start line and with the runners walked forward to it. Date of review: February 1, 2009
In short: Fast and friendly but the start is a problem In full: Enjoyable race with a great atmosphere and pb potential. Very well marshalled and good organisation.My only complaint would be that the start is too congested for the width of the road. I saw 2 separate incidents of people falling there may have been more. Otherwise a brill race. Date of review: February 1, 2009
In short: Manic Start In full: Too many slower runners at the front which resulted in a number of people being tripped up. Thought it was disgraceful the way some slower runners barged their way to the front when they clearly shouldn't have been there.
Aside from that, the course is okay, although not as quick as I had thought it was going to be. Wind made it tougher in a few places. Date of review: February 1, 2009
In short: Good fast race. In full: Maybe previous reviews have coloured my opinion, which is largely positive. The start IS very congested and there were a few people who hit the deck. Once started though the race is flat as any and a good few supporters along the route. Thanks to all who cheered us on!
Chip timing may help alleviate some of the pushing at the start. Date of review: February 1, 2009
In short: Fast race but not exciting. In full: I only do this race because its a local one. There are plenty more scenic races in the country. The start was a bit dodgy this time round (consetina (not sure how to spell) effect at the beginning and no build up worth mentioning) and the ending was just awful (a couple of netball hoops and some stripy tape). But if you are after a fast course then this should be a contender. The route os particularly flat but watch out for the cars otherwise you will also be flat!
Having said all that... i will still enter next year because its local. Date of review: March 28, 2008
In short: Great as a beginners race or one for a PB - fairly flat course. In full: This one was my first competitive race and a great one to get off the mark, course very flat, well organised and good atmosphere. One for next years diary. Date of review: March 1, 2008