In short: Fantastic course with real PB potentilal marred by poor organisation. In full: Great course, and fortunately glorious weather, which was good given the 15 minute delay at the start. Warm Up, Cool Down, Race = Injury. Parking was good, but I got there early, and decided to leave early too as the exit looked a nighmare. Passing the slower runners in the last kilometer was badly managed and positively dangerous at times, and poor traffic management left me racing against a Merc Esate trying to get into the finish, and the timing whilst looking the part was hopelesly inacurate. The PB I was celebrating now just makes me look like a pratt! The finish seemed to have some additional mats, so the finish wasn't where the finish mat appeared to be. And finally... the profit focussed organisers don't pay for a UKA license, so your result doesn't count anyway. I don't normally criticise the races I do as I know how hard they are to put on, but these guys call themselves experts and are doing it for the money. Date of review: March 21, 2012
In short: Thoroughly enjoyed it!!!!! In full: This was my first race and paid for by my sister which coming from Scotland was a huge bonus!Found parking no problem, registered again! as my sister had my race number sent to Scotland. Found my way to the start and had great time running around the course and surprised at how many people took time to be friendly. Finished, given bottle of water to dilute my whiskey and got a medal, great day and this will encourage me to continue entering races, thanks for a great race. Date of review: March 16, 2012
In short: Organisers - how can you take people's money and sleep at night after this timing fiasco? In full: Organisers - these are the issues you need to deal with.
1 Your basic task is to get the runners' times right. My time and placings changed twice and are still not right. A lot of people's gun and chip times are exactly the same even though they could have been nowhere near the front at the start.
2 There was a mat across the run-in a few yards before the finish line that most people thought was a 'timing' mat and they therefore stopped their watches - and even stopped running. What a stupid idea to put it there.
These two things were enough to ruin this race. The worst thing is that a lot of people will probably do it again next year because of the PB potential and not because of these issues.
Organisers - if you can't do it, DON'T! Date of review: March 15, 2012
In short: As usual organisation left much to be desired. Expensive for what it is. In full: Each year I wonder what they will get wrong. This year we had queues for the loos to then find an unmarked open to the elements urinal available for the men, this was followed by aerobic warm up (ignored by virtually everyone since it involved exercise in the public road) and worst of all - a chip timing system that did not work since after several attempts the times are still wrong. I'll do it again BUT only because its the only local event available in early March. Date of review: March 15, 2012
In short: Nice flat course In full: I have had three times for the race, on Monday they had me down for 33:40 (4th), a day later I was 45:55 (207th) and then today I was 46:09. Clearly they have had some issues with timing. Sort it out! Have to admit the slowest one was about correct ;-) We turned up early at about 9:15 so no problems with parking or getting out.Sounds like they need to sort out parking for those that leave it till later on to arrive. Personally thought it was relativly well run other than timing, as there were no real issues. A PB course! Date of review: March 15, 2012