In short: Nothing too special but would do it again In full: Overall, I liked the race and would do it again. My experience was that it was well organised and things went smoothly. The marshalls did a good job, I got the same bag back that I checked in (that's always good) and the goody bag was reasonable. Serious bling medal which is always good!
Two points regarding bodily functions:
- I think there will always be a tension between renting enough toilets and allowing everyone to go in the last 30 mins before a race (well, the last hour if you count the time in pens...). Difficult one for the organisers and it always seems to be a problem.
- what on earth did people think they were doing when urinating against the flats when waiting for the start? I cannot believe that anyone capable of entering a race would be stupid enough to pee up someone's house! I couldn't care less whether or not they needed to go - they shouldn't do it there. I'd have applauded if the police gave out notices.
I'd say that the event was pretty lacking in atmosphere at the start but people were pretty friendly on the way around. Scenery was OK - a bit towards the dull side but I've had worse. Date of review: March 15, 2010
In short: Why so early at the start? In full: Liked the route to be honest and that it wasn't too hilly at all and gradual uphill bits were manageable. My only problesm were with the start - it was freezing having to wait for 30 mins, then walk down the road to wait further 15 mins before starting.
I would also ask how, when you have the numbers confirmed for entry, that the carb pouches ran out so that hardly any of the guys towards the back had that to help them to the end? I saw a few unopened on the floor as I ran on. c'mon guys - you really need to think of your fellow runners!
Please could we have a better finish, bit of an anti-climax as just as go into the park...it finishes. Besides, if it was further into the park - I wouldn't have to then walk so far to the car park!
Otherwise, good support and thanks go out to the marshalls and people of Notts/Derby - wasn't the warmest of days by any means but everyone's support was very much needed for a injured back-marker like me yesterday! Date of review: March 15, 2010
In short: Great event, well organised with nice medal and goody bag In full: Could have done with more toilets at the start (long queues as start pens closing) but other than that and getting quite cold waiting for the start I loved this race! Great distance and great turnout, nice support from the volunteers and locals Date of review: March 15, 2010
In short: Very promising debut In full: I enjoyed this run. Yes the early scenery was a bit drab and waiting for ths start was not much fun. If the race does grow more work will need to be done to the start but I will be back.
I found the enthusiastic support by marshalls and spectators was spot on. I thought the course was fine and liked running through the wood was a nice change to what I thought was a road run.
I was a bit confused that the marshalls I asked could not give directions for where the shuttle buses were leaving from. The buses were good through. Date of review: March 15, 2010
In short: Its was alright but the course was quite dull..... In full: I experienced no organisational problems but i just thought the course was boring. I'd do it again but only because i live in Nottingham. Date of review: March 15, 2010
In short: Good in parts In full: One of my least enjoyable races, but that may be me rather than the race. First the good. I liked the Km markers which were distinctively marked with red streamers helping me to spot each one from a distance. The drinks stations were really well organised - I liked the bottled water and the energy drinks. The route was well signposted and marshalled. Now the downside. I didn't like standing around for an hour at the start, especially as I always need a wee as close to the start as I can manage. I didn't fancy joining those who were peeing against a house wall near the start line, or joining the long queue for the 2 portaloos. I felt sorry for the women who found it harder to find a bush to hide behind along the route. The long straight road against the wind was tough, and I didn't enjoy the strange out and back round the cones near the entrance to Elvaston park. Got an email from Kilomathon asking to fill in their online survey, so I did. It's all centred around how much money you spend in the area or on their merchandise. The whole thing feels like a money making exercise rather than the friendlier club races. I suppose it's good preparation for London. Will I be back? Not the way I'm feeling now, but I may change my mind later. Date of review: March 15, 2010
In short: Mostly good - few wrinkles - needed more atmosphere In full: Well organised - good marshalling - well stocked water stations (but what was the point of energy drinks on the last one?). Feel a bit churlish critising but as with others didn't see the point of the delays and waiting about at the start - just got cold. The route was flat and a bit dull and felt there was no real buzz - maybe needs to bed in for a couple of years and build some local support. Date of review: March 15, 2010
In short: Great new race - definitely worth it!! In full: Yes there were some bad points, but show me a race where there aren't any! This is a brand new race and the great bits far far outweigh the bad bits in my opinion. So.... Good: Great medal, fab tshirt - I plan to wear mine all the time not just for training so I am pleased it isnt a technical one. Long sleeved makes a nice change. Fantastic goody bag - I ate most of the contents pretty quickly. Excellent km marker signs. Excellent water/drinks stations - esp the vaseline bit! Good route (yes I have done prettier runs) but perfect terrain and profile for a long marathon build up. Good location in the country. I saw runners from wetherby to sussex. Transport and parking - faultless. Bad: TOILETS!!!!!! WE NEED MORE PLEASE. I wasted 5 mins on a queue for the loo, my sister wasted 8 mins. Would also prefer a speedier bag collection area. Bless the cadets for trying and I certainly appreciated their dedication but i was a bit chilly waiting for 25mins for my bag!! All in all - fantastic though. Will be back! Date of review: March 15, 2010
In short: Good race, good distance, good organisation - I'm sure they can learn and improve next year In full: Very well organised in general, obviously they had to work with the location and what roads could and couldn't be closed and as such this resulted in a situation of being filed down to the pens and a subsequent wait for the start. Hopefully if this becomes an annual event at this location they can work on improving this element. The course was well marshalled, good distance markers and plenty of water stations. I think they could have made more of the end by allowing the runners to run in and around the park to a finish line, would be better for spectators also. I actually thought that was what was going to happen and was surprised to see the finish line so close. All in all a good event that I hope will be repeated next year, with some minor tweaks this could become a really good warm up event for the spring marathons. Date of review: March 15, 2010