In short: Glad I made the trip for this one In full: I wasn't sure what to expect from this as my Dad and I only entered it a couple of weeks ago in preparation for the Great North Run but I was plesantly surprised.
My Dad and I are not from the area and fully expected a sort of port a loo; one man and his dog type thing but this was better organised than the Althorp 10k we did in October last year (and we didn't have a goodie bag then either).
Would definitely recommend this type of run to any beginner, don't be put off by the "elite" runners, just keep out of their way and they won't hurt you.
It's mainly flat, exhaust fume free and if we hadn't both had colds only a week ago would have been odds on for a PB.
In short: Very good circuit.... In full: Ok so its three laps of a race circuit but atleast its fairly level, I guess a PB would be a possibilty if it wasnt baking hot sunshine, but it was a great race well organised and great atmosphere....give it a go.. Date of review: August 5, 2007
In short: Loved doing 3 laps - despite awful weather In full: 3 laps a good thing. You know where you're going and the km markers made it even better. Weather definitely added interest. On a nice day this course could be a bit dull. Date of review: March 5, 2007
In short: Excellent organisation but atrocious weather highlighted the fact that running 3 times round a flat circuit is actually pretty dull. In full: On one level it's difficult to fault this race. The organisation was spot on - great facilities, loads of parking and an interesting goodie bag (T-shirt, water bottle, energy drinks, chocolate bar...) However, personally speaking I found running round a featureless circuit didn't do anything for me - not much to think about apart from the driving rain and freezing cold. Pitty that the weather meant that so many people decided to stay away. All that said it's pretty much a guaranteed PB... Date of review: March 5, 2007
In short: PB despite rain and wind ( In full: Organisation great and I felt sorry for the marshalls on the water station even though they had coats on! Names printed on numbers was good idea (although most ink washed off during race :-) ). Could have had triathlon afterwards with bog snorkelling through the fields! Really friendly. Date of review: March 5, 2007
In short: Very well organised In full: Achieved a PB despite the weather. It was great to have accurately placed KM markers, which is not always the case. Organisation very good and was a very friendly event. Was great fun to run on the track and makes a change from the hilly races I have been doing lately. On a better day (weatherwise) would be almost impossible not to do a PB. Date of review: March 5, 2007
In short: No PB here today, tough weather conditions made it a great accomplishment just to finish. The race went off well in spite of the stingy rain. Viewing your official time after the race only worked if your number stayed on during the race. Mine In full: had enough half-way down the backstretch with about a mile to go. Well done to everyone who gritted this one out, great job! It wasn't clear where the hot tubs were after, would have been nice to warm up after wards. I heard the Dualathon announcer provide more clarity to the field during their pre-race meeting, but didn't hear anything about it during the pre-race meeting for the 10K. It also seemed the sponsors were a little behind setting up before the race so I didn't choose to check out their offerings, plus afterwards it was quite nippy in their tents and with no heat in there, so I went somewhere to get warm instead. I might run it next year, but might wait and sign up on the day depending on if weather conditions seem less severe. Date of review: March 4, 2007
In short: A well organised 10k with chip timing and friendly race host. In full: Had a great race despite the weather. Managed to get within a minute of my PB in the terrible wet and windy conditions so this one is definitely PB potential for next year. You can't help the weather but the organisation can make or break an event. Fortunately the organisation was great and everything went like clockwork. Inspite of the conditions everyone seemed happy and with the chip timing the results were available straight away at the finish. A big well done to organisers and runners alike for putting up with the weather with a smile. Date of review: March 4, 2007