In short: Great marshalling made this a good race In full: I got there an hour early, as advised and parked in the Co-Op (like many other runners, which the shop were probably not too happy about). However, there were plenty of nearby streets to park on if you wanted to be more public spirited.
The race start and finish were a bit odd. The start was about 50yds down the street from the school entrance where the start banner actually was, and there didn't seem to be a clear finishing "line". Having said that, those were only very minor issues, and the race itself went through some nice bits of Yorkshire countryside (although I could probably have done without the coking plant in the first mile). Having read the forums on RW, I was aware that there was going to be a hill between 4 and 5 miles, but not ready for it lasting almost a mile! (well, maybe a slight exageration there). The gentler hill up to mile 6 was probably worse though - coming as close to the finish as it did, and it nearly did finish me!
The race itself was notable for very good marshalling (without the normal Police help, it should be noted), and their support - particularly in the last mile or so was encouraging when I was flagging. Top marks to the marshals! Date of review: November 14, 2005
In short: Found it challenging, but a first 10k experience for me In full: The uphill bits were much harder than I expected, but then it was my first 10k and before today I'd only run 5 miles. There wasn't an obvious start and finish point and I wondered round a bit to find my t-shirt (which is great!) We got there early and did not have a problem with either parking or toilet facilities. The marshalls were fantastic and very encouraging, especially near the end where I was struggling a bit. PB for me as first time, not sure for others, maybe if you don't find the hills a problem. Will definately be trying this one again next year. Date of review: November 13, 2005
In short: A well orgainsed 10k catering for experienced and newer runners alike In full: I found no problem parking as I read the detailed advice sent out by the organisers before the race. Got there in good time and was shown where to go by the car park marshalls. Also toilets in 3 different buildings, so no problem there. Start was better than last year and all points were well marshalled.
Good humoured helpers at the end handing out t-shirts and drinks despite heavy weight of runners. It's not the London Marathon but if you go in the right spirit expecting a race with all the basics done professionally - accurate well-marshalled course, mile markers, finishing times, t-shirt, water and free online results then you won't be disappointed.
A nice local 10k which caters for a decent size field whilst maintaining a friendly atmosphere.
Well done Barnsley AC. Date of review: November 13, 2005
In short: Toilets??! In full: Enjoyed the actual race itself - the scenery was nice and the route was good. Hills made it a bit of a challenge for a beginner! But don't expect spectators to enjoy the 1-lap course.
However, travelling from Liverpool and arriving with plenty of time to spare I would have expected to not have had a problem getting to a toilet! As it was I very nearly missed the start of the race and ended up starting right at the back. This was maybe made worse by the limited parking facilities - it took us ages to find a space!
One last thing - the water station just past 3 miles seemed unprepared for the number of runners passing through.
Overall, however, will definately do the race next year because the course is great! Date of review: November 13, 2005
In short: Instructions on getting to the venue were poor. In full: I like this event and will do it next year. BUT, directions for getting to the start were awful (if you are doing the event get a map to locate it). Actual start a bit messy, I think there was some confusion over the 2 minutes silence and I never heard a gun/whistle whatever. Good route with a start through the houses before a climb up passed the coking plant! The out in the countryside proving that it isn't grim up north. T shirt at the end was a welcome surprise as I didn't think one was on offer.