In short: Enjoyed the race and would do it again but could be better! In full: It was a little pricey for what it was but saying that I enjoyed the run and would do it again. Agree with the comments about the ice/slush, I wasn't too worried about my time today but would have been annoyed about that if I was- just a bit of grit would have helped. I didn't think the registration area was very well signposted, I had to run around to find some safety pins! Shame the place was deserted/closed but it meant no queues in the car so not all bad! A good hilly course and a nice fast finish. Date of review: February 5, 2012
In short: Plus: Medal, scenery, parking, Minus: Stewards, lack of grit at places In full: My first time doing Longleat and it won't be the last.
The course was scenic, not as breath-taking as Stourhead, but still very nice. The hills were tough but enjoyable and what goes up... must come down (and fast). The final 1km was probably the fastest I've ever done.
Parking was very good and there were enough toilets available.
The course was icy at times and could have been gritted or shoveled before the race. It would have been sensible to have the stewards situated at places where there was potential for trouble.
Also it would have been useful if the stewards were briefed beforehand/or had experience of stewarding before. When looking for the baggage area, 10 minutes before start, the 4 stewards sat chatting about 'tigers in the bin' seemed reluctant to assist and gave me wrong directions... Date of review: February 5, 2012
In short: Beautiful and well organised but gritting the ice would be good! In full: I really enjoyed this, and didn't find the hills too bad, that's training in Bath I suppose! The ice mentioned before, at 1 & 8K, should really have been sorted. I could hear a marshall radioing the organisers about it as I went past. Still, it was uphill there, so not too much of an issue. The timing was very good, and like the printout. Not really fussed re goody bag, and the recovery drink was welcome. Spectators can see well in multiple places, but the cafe and all toilets were closed. I can live with portaloos, even if they don't flush, but it's not so nice for spectators. On such an icy day, some hot options other than coffee & burger van would be good. Date of review: February 5, 2012
In short: Expensive for a 10k but still an enjoyable event few issues due to weather, nice medaill In full: I enjoyed this race but I think this was due to having a good race. The first time I did it and think weather being normal would enjoy the course. I think the icey conditions around the 8km marker (which you had to run past twice) was probably not acceptable for a road race and surely the Longleat Estate could have found some more grit. Disappointed to here that the marshals had moved from this point for the second lap and therefore not around when someone went over. Also, the flushes on most of the toilets didn't work, I hope this is because they froze up overnight and very little the organisers could do about it, but perhaps, they could have asked the estate to open some of their facilities?. Nice medal even if the rest of the goody bag was a tad disappointing given the price. Dispite the hills a good 10k for newer runners as largely traffic free and good for bringing supporters/spectators. Date of review: February 5, 2012