In short: Great race as usual In full: Great race as usual. Not sure why the organisors diverted all runners onto the road on the penultimate corner but I'm sure there must be a good reason. Date of review: February 1, 2009
In short: Dreadful Start area fast course In full: As other reviewers stated the start was shambolic and the course was over on the gps.On the plus side this is a good value race with helpful pleasant mmarshalls and the course itself is pure speed. Date of review: February 1, 2009
In short: Well worth the trip In full: Having done this race 5 times now, I know that the start is a bit disorganised but being a slow runner I know my place is near the back. Just a pity some slower runners don't! Nice to mmeet up with friends after the new year and no doubt I will be back next year. Date of review: February 1, 2009
In short: Nice flat one - good for achieving PB In full: Only comment really is the speed bump at the end of the race was a real danger. Some unfortunate runners actually fell. Date of review: February 1, 2009
In short: Over The Moon! In full: Overall fantastic race. What happend at the start? Seemed a little dis-organised with people crashing and falling. Grid lock seemed to clear around mile 1 and no further problems there after. Thanks to all the spectators the cheers are ery welcome especially near the end it makes you keep going. Marshalls excellent job and for braving the cold. T-Shirts are nice - Any chance of medals in the future at all?
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