In short: purposeful , professional but friendly In full: Permanently-plumbed loss; a warm building with catering in; plenty of spaces to keep out of the wind; plenty of parking: all this made it logistically straightforward. The route itself is a bit dull by dint of being laps, but that has its advantages in pacing/strategy as well. It was only a shame that we didn't all know about the way to go round the sensor that would have recorded our splits. Ghastly Soviet-style trophy is so awful that it's already a talking point. Parky up on that plateau, but I shall give it another go next year! Date of review: November 27, 2008
In short: Great event. One of the most user friendly 10k races you'll find In full: Really enjoyed this event. The organisation seemed really professional but with just a few hundred runners also really accessible & friendly and more personal. Great value too. Really loved the little boy calling out the runners names from the bib numbers so dad could shout encouragement through a megaphone. Impressively fast pinning up the results at the end. Venue is interesting and great quality surface to run on - have to get your head around running 3 laps of the same circuit but it's different. Would be a great venue for a bigger crowd as loads of space. Easy to get to, easy free parking and no waiting for toilets all help make this event even more user friendly. Professional timing and photography add to the quality of the event. Bit windy this time - I'll be back on a calmer day to beat my time. Date of review: November 27, 2008
In short: A great race, well organised and enjoyable In full: this was my first ever race, having been running purely for fitness for the last two years i decided to give a race a go for fun. the course is effectively three laps of castle combe circuit, smooth tarmac and minor undulations, having driven round the circuit before i have to say i was quite looking forward to running it. terrible weather an hour before the race made me worried but with ten minutes to go the rain ceased, the clouds (almost) parted and it was dry but very windy. there is a stretch between 2km and 3km (thus repeated three times in the race) on the course where the wind was strong and you were noticeably leaning into the wind, tiring but all part of the fun.
the atmosphere was nice, though it was clear there were some fast runners in this race, i just went round at a comfortable pace and enjoyed myself. i was very pleased with a time of sub 49 minutes and i was converted.
the scenary is dull though, for most of the lap its just the empty spectator banking though it was nice at the end of each lap to see people.
this is a perfect race for beginners. infact any race organised by the same team would be recommended. the things a first timer looks for are things like ease of registration, parking etc (it sounds daft but anything to settle the nerves is very welcome), lap boards every km for pacing and a friendly atmosphere, all of which were present here at castle combe. Date of review: November 24, 2008
In short: Well run race. Shame about the wind In full: Was hoping to finish with a pb, but a bit of a cold and running head on into a strong wind for what felt like two thirds of the race put paid to that. Date of review: November 24, 2008
In short: Well organised race, shame about the wind! In full: Hats off to DB Max for a great race. Well organised and good facilities at the venue. Good PB potential but very exposed to the wind and with 3 laps that meant running into a gale for 3/4 of a mile three times which took the spring out of the legs! Not totally flat but given the right conditions (ie not a gale) potentially very fast. Shame the hot tubs didn't turn up, I bought my trunks specially!! Date of review: November 23, 2008
In short: First ever 10k - PB in the bag! Most enjoyable. In full: Heavy rain drumming on the roof of the car an hour before the start did not bode well for my first ever 10k. By 11.00am, the rain had stopped, the sun was threatening to break through and the wind was not going to let up. Excellent race on a novel and interesting track (the Castle Combe motor racing circuit). The km markers were really helpful, the group of supporters on each lap encouraging and the chap with the loudhailer (Will?) kept everyone aware of what was going on, which was great. As for the race, I was delighted to cross the finishing line in 44mins 36 seconds. Top marks all round!! Date of review: November 23, 2008
In short: Well organised overall. But Lack of medals for all finishers In full: A very well orgainsed event. Stress free parking and registering. Can be very windy as it was on this day. If it is raining it can be very tough as their is no hiding from it. Small number of competitors can mean that the field is very spread out. Only problem was the lack of medals for all competitors, although I was promised one through the post. Date of review: August 10, 2008
In short: Flat & friendly In full: Well organised and really friendly atmosphere. I found three laps a bit of psychological struggle as the scenery was non-existent - but thats the compromise in having a very flat course with good PB potential. Date of review: July 25, 2008