In short: Really very bad race, astoundingly bad In full: Really badly organized race. Won't be back next year. One of the worst I've run; there were major issues with traffic and drivers driving round "road closed" signs and bollards as well as ignoring marshals asking them to stop; a number of marshal's were unsure about what to do when faced with traffic trying to cross a line of runners and the final insult was running the last section through a busy pedestrian shopping street - there were many shoppers who didn't appreciate they shouldn't cross in front of the runners, but then again, they probably weren't expecting to find 500 sweaty runners panting through the town, interfering with their Sunday morning shopping.
Woeful lack of signage around the course too, no directions for the runners and no "caution runners in road" signs for the drivers (who weren't supposed to be there if you believed the pre-race advertising). Course was also really hilly - lots and lots of hills (some little, some definitely not), all the round way and the route was contrived, with lots of twists and turns, so no chance of building up a decent rhythm.
There was carnage at the finish, with no one seeming to know where to go to meet the bus back to the start. Once on the bus, I was horrified to see it went up a hill where people were still running.
The only good point was the support along the course. And despite warnings in any communication before the race and at the start, loads of people were wearing headphones and appear not to have been DQ'ed. Date of review: October 27, 2013