In short: hugely let down by uneccesary errors In full: I've done numerous of these over the last few years and sadly this was the most poorly organised of the lot. On the positive side, the course was interesting - taking us under cargo nets and through tunnels, etc - and the let downs brought people together to create a decent atmosphere. The cheerful controller was useful in keeping the mood positive!
However, there's a big BUT. The race started 50 mins late as I understand one of the organisers had put their car in a ditch (spirits were still high, probably due to the sunshine), the route marking was terrible and the 5 and 10 mile races converged at the end to create maximum confusion.
Credit to the helpful young marshalls who had no doubt to cope with some fed up runners.
The start of the race saw the whole pack stop after about a mile because the route had been lost already. There just seemed to be no markings and shoulders were shrugged and hands thrown in the air!. We eventually stumbled upon it after another 5 or so minutes but by then the race was over as any type of contest. It wasnt the strongest or biggest field, probably due to the London Marathon, and the camaraderie was good as everyone pulled together. I can just imagine the scenes if a really competitive field had turned up to race....
A shame as it's a stunning forest and they laid out an interesting track, but the fundamentals need to be right. If it had been raining hard I think it might have been carnage..! Date of review: April 22, 2012