In full: As you entered the school grounds you noticed the huge number of portaloos, you noticed all the friendly smiling helpers, as you entered the building for registration the wonderful smell of bacon rolls hit you ...only £1.00 each. Then the smiling people on the registration desk.
This event has something for everybody, a fun run for the children (the cheering and clapping was so loud...superb), then the 10K, the start of which was followed shortly afterwards by a 5K.
Then the off (10K), superbly marsalled, all smilling, lots of marshalls in yellow tabards clapping and cheering you on.
Fast and flat all the way.
At the end a wonderfully enthusiastic commentator with all names and numbers beside her on an easel so she could encourage you by shouting out your name.
Then a medal, apples, grain bars, a bottle of water, then cups of water if you wanted it.
In short an event which other events would do well to emulate. If you didn't do it this year definitly do it next year!
Finally, I have nothing whatsoever to do with this event, I just like to give praise where it is wholeheartedly deserved.
In short: Well organised, great route, definite PB potential and very beginner friendly In full: Great weather this year which obviously helps. The prevailing wind direction is for a headwind on the out route for about 4km or so but wind was light this year. Race starts at a school less than 1km from the far western end of the beach promenade (which runs all the way to Sandbanks). From the school it's full road width until a short wide path that drops down to the prom, then it's along the prom until Boscombe pier where you turn back and head in the opposite direction. Slightly different and longer route back off the end of the prom to make up the full 10k. No real problem with 'foot traffic' on the prom and generally easy to pass en route. Marshalling was very good, traffic stopped for all crossings and good facilities provided at start/finish. Please bear in mind it's a 10min walk from the suggested car parks so allow extra time for this or use it as a warm up. Will definitely being doing again next year. Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: My first 10k race and didn't come last so very pleased. Lovely location and public were all very good and runner aware. Will do again next year for sure as just up the road for me. Date of review: March 13, 2011
In short: PB Potential well organised Race In full: Worth a go. I had a chest infection and 5 weeks off with shin splints so this one was the first back on track run i have done. In a word Loved It. Windy on the way back but well organised. Didnt really want the bag of advertising and i saw a few medals which i didnt get but the run was great. Will be back next year to try for the PB as we all do. Thanks Guys Put together well Date of review: March 13, 2010
In short: Lovely early 10K run, although 'bracing' on the way back! In full: A perfect early-season 10K; it was fantastic to run along under the bright blue sky, in the sunshine and be beside the seaside beside the sea (I live in Hertfordshire so big novelty factor for me!)....until we turned round to come back and it was slightly more challenging (I managed to get a PB though!). As other people have said, the prom was quite busy which made an interesting dog/bike/walkers/children obstacle course at times but I preferred that to the agressive motorists you find on road-based 10K's! Well organised for a first-time race but if I had to give 'areas for improvement'... As a stranger to the area a few bright signs pointing out the parking and the way to the start would have been good. I wasn't exactly sure where the finish was until I fell over it so a banner or a few balloons that you could see from a distance would be helpful (so you can time that all-important 'sprint' finish!). Given that the prom was quite busy I wonder whether it would be better to start the race an hour earlier next year?
And finally, given the very reasonable entry fee I can't believe some of the complaints about the 'goody bag'! Date of review: March 11, 2010
In short: good race out on the way back wind was very bad! pb potential In full: The race was good itself got a pb even with the harsh winds for the last 5k. Goody bag was very poor. The mens one seemed better they got lots more, female just got a rucksack with a towel. Men got bag, mag, crisps, chocolate ect. will do again and try and break my pb even further! Date of review: March 9, 2010
In short: Will get better over time... In full: First off the race itself was very good (apart from the windy conditions but you can't really blame anyone for that) with good PB potential. I would definitely recommend this for beginners as the course is flat and friendly with no nasty surprises. Now for the complaints... I appreciate that this was the organiser's first race but marshalling really wasn't very good. Runners had to turn up and work a lot of it out for themselves. Parking was difficult. Start line organisation was a bit of a shambles. I would suggest that marshalls be arranged more effectively. Also, the timings at the end of the race were a bit confused as the times stated in the provisional results section of the website did not match up with the time on the stopclock in the race photos. Anyone who can explain this... Date of review: March 8, 2010