In short: Good race on a very cold miserable day. In full: I thought the race was very good value for money with a nice tshirt and was well organised apart from the start and finish which were a bit strange. A big thank you to the marshalls who I thought were very supportive especially around the five mile point on the very long hill when I really needed some encouragement. I'll definetly be back next year when hopefully the weather will be a bit nicer. Date of review: November 19, 2007
In short: good tough course, well organised but minor glitches In full: This is a course of two halves. The first is mainly flat or downhill, the second mainly uphill with a long slog after 4.5 miles. I did the first half in 22 mins, the second in 26! The organisation at the civic hall was good and efficient. The start, however, was a mess. There was no gun or hooter, and no indication where the start line actually was. When everyone started walking slowly, we thought we were walking to the start. It took about about a minute to realise that the race had actually started. Also, the finish could have been better. There was no Finish sign and the race just seemed to stop after turning a tight corner. The queue for the T-shirts was spilling over into the finish zone as well, which made things even messier. If the start and finish could be improved, this would be an excellent, testing race. Date of review: November 19, 2007
In short: A day of two halfs.. In full: Firstly, a big thanks to Barnsley AC for organising the event. Good to have an race like this in a very sparse winter event calendar but a few 'tweeks' next year would majorly improve things.
The directions sent out with the race number caused some issues as when we reached the suggested 'turn off' from the M1 the sign post we were supposed to look out for did not exist. We then did a 15 mile detour before spotting a sign for Royston.
The registration area was well organised and very efficient so top marks for that and there seemed to be a reasonable amount of toilet facilities.
Unfortunately, the start was a complete farce with no visible sign of where the start line was and from where I was standing no signal that we had even started!
Good stewarding on the course and a an 'undulating' route although the seemingly never- ending up hill section between mile 4 and 5 was cruel.
End of the race again confusing with what seemed like two timing mats and very little warning of how close you were to the finish when you came around the last corner.
Think I did a personal best by over two minutes but not sure as don't know exactly where the start was!
Will be back next year, hopefully the few small issues will have been sorted out by then. Date of review: November 19, 2007
In short: OK, the start was a bit of a mess, but not bad for an awful day In full: Didn't feel as well organised as last year, but it was still OK. It's a pretty challenging course with some stiff hills. Not sure I'll do again, as done it twice now. Thanks to the marshalls and organisers who braved the grim weather Date of review: November 19, 2007
In short: Good challenging course but last 2 miles a challenge into the wind! In full: Great course with a couple of good hills to challenge you. The start was a bit messy, I wasn't sure where the actual start was and the last hundred metres or so could have been better route-wise - tight corners, parked cars and a finish just after a tight bend, there wasn't a finish line as such so you weren't sure if the clock had stopped at the first set of mats or second. Date of review: November 18, 2007
In short: Really enjoyed this, great organisation, interesting race - the hills at the end add spice - better than Clumber, Sheffield Lord Mayors and BUPA Great Yorkshire - well done Barnsley! Date of review: November 18, 2007
In short: The start & finish and the car parking could have been better but everyone seemed friendly enoughh In full: Just a couple of minor niggles. It was difficult to know when & where the start was - my own time is c30 secs different to the official one. Also the finish was slightly confusing - was it the 1st or 2nd mat and the chip removal should could have been further down the funnel. The lack of a car parking marshall early on when the top car park was full was a slight annoyance However everyone seemed friendly enough especially towards the end & another hill appeared and the atmosphere during the race was ok. The T Shirt provides a nice reminder of the event and I will probably be back next year though Date of review: November 18, 2007