In short: Hills, hills, hills... mostly up! In full: Arriving for the 10K a bit later than planned (10:15) we got stuck in the big jam coming through town, then at the (full) carpark the marshall was telling us to go back the way we'd just come. Not particulary helpful on other places to park, even though we'd told him about the chaos we'd just come through. We ended up parked about a mile away in the other direction (there was a mile marker nearby!). Possibly a bit more thought should have been put into where all the cars could have been parked... However, the organisers were trying their best, I changed from the 10 mile to the 10K (following an injury) and this was handled brilliantly. Nothing wrong with the course itself, there was lots of uphill (at points seemigly never-ending, maybe 80% of the course was up!) but there were loads of mile/ kilometer and arrow markers and some friendly marshalls so no chance of getting lost. Only one minor problem, there was only one water staion on the 10K, at about 4K. It should really have been a bit further on, I don't know how many stations the 10-milers had but could a joint station have been set up about 7-8K? A water station at the finish line would have been appreciated too (I finally found it over by the toilets!). I did like the inter-mingling of the races, I saw the same three 10-mile runners twice! Overall, a good course but the set-up could be improved (and the run round the field taken out, I always hate that bit!). Date of review: July 16, 2007
In short: Treads that thin line between very undulating and downright hilly. In full: Enjoyable despite the rain. First five miles are quite challenging, involving a 3.5 mile climb. Seemed more hilly to me than just undulating, so get some hill training in if you're thinking of doing this one for the first time. Good T-shirt. Date of review: July 16, 2007
In short: Excellent way to spend a wet Sunday Morning In full: I really enjoyed this race. A bar, curry and fry up stall in the playground at the start/finish. The start was a lttle chaotic hindered by the driving rain. Once we got going though it was great. Well marshalled with some tough uphills which were then rewarded by some lengthy downhill sections. Like other commentators, I like the interweaving between the 10 mile and 10K runners. Nice T-shirt as a souvenir. I'm not sure Red Bull is the most appropriate drink to hand out at the finish though. Date of review: July 16, 2007
In short: 10k was brilliant, fantastic organisation. In full: The 10k was great,a few challenging hills and a great downhill. It was great to have the 10 mile runners meet up with you on a few occasions. Marshalls were great considering the 2 races in one. Free red bull and great t shirt, was just a shame that the weather wa so bad but it didn't put people off, great turnout, would def do next year. Date of review: July 16, 2007
In short: All the hills in somerset!!!!! In full: The course felt like it had all the hills in somerset, I was miss informed that the course would be relatively flat!(cough,cough). The web-site or pre race info could have said more about the route. The on route marshalling was good, but echo the comments above aboute the start of the 10Miler. The finsh was confusing until you turned onto the field.
This was my first time here and overall enjoyed the race, the weather was appalling, but better that than 30 degrees. Date of review: July 15, 2007
In short: Fine marshalling in the rain but the start...! In full: The rain really spoilt a day that was made for the sun - samba bands and smiling marshals despite the relentless rain. Nice touch that the 2 races interwined (twice)and pulled us 10 milers on. But the start was a disaster , no body n knew where it was, who the offical was 2 guys on different mikes , whilst at the end I marshalled in runners round musicians cars let in to set up but blocking the final run in - could do better. Relentless stiffly undulating course made you think. Date of review: July 15, 2007
In short: quite pleasant, even in the rain. In full: I very much enjoyed this. I'm probably seeing this in a better light than some others as this was one of my first "smaller" events and thus able to get a reasonable time without having people dressed as gorillas holding hands in front of me. I thought the 10k race entwining with the the 10 mile was a good touch and well thought out. I passesd the same 10kers twice and felt the distance of their loop must have been carefully thought out. More toilets would always be better but i there were plenty of trees - that smelt much fresher! Date of review: July 15, 2007
In short: Biit of a curate's egg - good in parts! In full: Agree with everything that Devon Red has said. First the negatives. Parking was chaotic for any late arrivals, and as I too had a hospital patient to visit I'm relieved I ended up parking a fair way away - annoying as it was at the time. The course is a toughie - even in cool weather like today so I'm sure a lot of competitors would have liked a bit more info on that on the course details on the website - which didn't even indicate whether it was clockwise or anti-clockwise. Fortunately I ran the course through mapmyrun.com so I had an inkling of what was to come. I had no idea where the water stops were either, and it's helpful to plan that when you're running. The start of the 10 miler was a shambles and, as DR indicated, could have proved dangerous. On the upside, the course takes in some lovely countryside. The marshalling and support was excellent (despite the teeming rain!). The t-shirt was excellent (although I had to blag mine as I was a "late entrant"). And the whole event was friendly. If the organisers can tidy up some of the loose ends, this could be an event to put in your calendar. Date of review: July 15, 2007
In short: Very callenging course 10mile course In full: I found the marshalling at the start very confusing. the race was well marshalled on the race. thanks for the jellybabies and the water stations well manned.
I had another problem at end no marshal on the corner of the field and no sign! loads of cars leaving and people milling around I just stopped and said " were do i go now???" lucky i was shown the way.
The showers were ok but more toilets were need. shame the weather was not good so no face painting or bouncy castle.kids were a bit bored!!
Loved the design of the t-shirt and even at the back i still got the right size and the can of redbull was appreciated!!! thanks i will be back i think! again liz Date of review: July 15, 2007
In short: A mixed bag this one... In full: Firstly the positives, a tough course although I thundered away at a faster pace than normal as it was not a half marathon. The forum I read prior to the race mentioned hills at 3.5 and 5 miles, so tackled those only to speed up even more and hit loads more hills in the second 5 miles! My legs were like jelly in the final mile but came in ahead of my 1 hour 10 minute target for the 10 miler! Good feature to have the 10k fun runners joining the main race at various points along the way, well done to the organisers a really nice touch. The weather was awful but the marshalls were very encouraging and supportive all the same, thanks to them all. The organisation at HQ and in the hall was very good, even a beer stand, hot food, running shop, good baggage store, nice hot showers and a great samba band at the start and the finish. Feel really sorry for the organisers who must be gutted the weather let them down so badly. So, good challenging course and plenty of runners a very good local event. Whenever I leave feedback I like to point out any downsides if there are any to hopefully help the organisers for next year, so here goes... The car park was ideal at the school if like me you arrived in plenty of time and got a space, the car park was a good size but the later arrivals would of been directed to the Lesiure Centre to park. However, once in the car park by chance I got talking to a marshall half an hour later. I was informed that once in the car park you could not leave (as the driveway would have finishers on it) until the race had finished. This should be made very clear in the instructions sent out with the race number and details as I had to leave very soon after I finished as I wanted to visit a friend in hospital. I would of been very annoyed had I finished, rushed through the showers only to be trapped in the car park for an hour afterwards. The marshalls probably would of had a few problems after the race from people trying to get out and with the rain people would not want to hang around. The second big problem was very poor/stupid marshalling at the start of the 10 mile race. No indication given as to where the actual start line was in terms of signs and which way the race direction was which led to slow people arriving late squashing into the runners at the front. This is a hazard at the start of any race and the marshals should take note for next year. However, two runners were heading up the drive to the start and the starting marshall allowed The Mayor to start the countdown which led to the runners screaming away from the start and heading straight into the two disorganised runners who were jogging towards the onward rush of runners!!! Complete madness, whoever was responsible for marshalling at the start must of seen this disaster waiting to happen as all the runners at the start where reluctant to go with these two heading towards them down the middle of the drive! I just hope no-one got hurt? The toilets, or should l say the lack of ability to flush meant they ended up in a right old overflowing mess by 45 minutes before the start! maybe more toilets (that work!) by way of portaloos would be helpful? Finally, the grass track that we finished on could of been cut as the forecast was rain as it left a narrow single track that made it difficult to overtake. There, finished! Date of review: July 15, 2007