In short: great race In full: start didnt seem as congested as it could have been, obviously there was some but couldnt really be avoided. twists and turns made life more interesting. personally found the water stations in the wrong place, first one too early and i couldnt find the one at the finish, when i did find it it was shared with the 8K and difficult to access. this was mentioned on last years reviews so a shame this wasnt improved whereas everything else had been. Date of review: May 8, 2007
In short: Great! Organised & beginner friendly. Flat & car free. In full: My first 10k so I can't compare, but would recommend for: Varied scenery No hills No cars Loads of marshals, first aid, etc. Decent loos pre-race (didn't try after). Great support in the town. Despite... Poor event photography so get your mate to take your pic. A bit cramped at the start & on the river path, so maybe a couple more starting pens would help? Bit dispiriting to pass the finish with still 2k to go.
but really it was excellent - I had a great day. Date of review: May 8, 2007
In short: Well organised but a bit short of space at the start In full: Really good fun as had little idea of the route and you kept turning and twisting back on yourself (or so it felt at times)including passing the finish with 2k to go. Running through the shopping centre was exciting but running against the head wind by the river hard work. Enjoyed it all though thanks to all involved. Date of review: May 8, 2007
In short: good day out! In full: a nice race, start a bit congested, but aren't they all with a big field? The headwind along the river was a tad unpleasant but no-one could do anything about that. My only quibble was that the finish seemed rather disorganised - had to go quite a trek to find any water and found it very difficult to locate my family who were struggling to get to the finish without crossing the course. Also times could have appeared on the website a bit quicker and not impressed with the event photography - I can't be bothered to wade through 3000 images, they need a search feature. Minor quibbles aside, a great race and I'll probably do it again Date of review: May 7, 2007
In short: Route could be better, I personally enjoyed last years route more. Far more club runners this time and not such a friendly feel either. In full: Market place start was too conjested to have a proper warm up, and the bit past the market place and down the High Street, with another 2k to go was demoralising and made that 2k tough. Disappointed with the offical photos. I would do it again being local, and it is a great event that could still be improved. Date of review: May 7, 2007
In short: Excellent organisation. Very flat course. Made for experienced runners and those new to running. Spectators were brilliant. Very good value - medal and t-shirt. I'll be doing this again next year. Date of review: May 7, 2007