In short: So much potential, so much disappointment In full: Sent the wrong way, water stops not actually placed on the track, pre-race build up non-existant, expensive, etc. Seems just like a money making scheme to me, plenty of people there and we paid, what, £20 each? But so much potential, I really hope they learn and improve from this. I must agree with the person previous to me, the lad on the long straight was very good, encouring me and everyone else everytime we passed him; he must've been bored out of his skull but didn't show it. Date of review: October 31, 2011
In short: Not sure what the money is spent on but it is pretty... In full: Arrived early which was good as it meant I got a parking space but was disappointed to learn there was only 3 toilets for everyone (one of which had no toilet paper) until the cafe area opened closer to 09:20 (even though there was workers in there) all races started together which wasn't a problem but no one seemed to know what they were doing as the megaphone wasn't working so we couldn't hear the man at the start over the barking of all of the dogs (there were people with dogs running as well which was nice) Once we got going the route was lovely however could have done with a few more marshals in places and perhaps friendlier ones as most I saw didn't even acknowledge you - I had to pull out at 7.5 miles as I was not well and they didn't even ask if I was ok) however there was a lovely lad at the long straight and the lad at the road crossing section were both lovely and full of encouragement so they should be thanked. Race was expensive for what it was I think as there was only a medal at the finish and cups of water rather than bottles. Also the winners only got a pumpkin so not sure where the money all went? Saying this however I have entered for the Santa run (exactly the same route) as I like the location and want to finish it this time. Still smarted a little at the cost though. Date of review: October 31, 2011
In short: Very well organised and clearly marked km points, great atmosphere and friendly organisers, beautiful off road route, very flat, lovely venue with good parking and facilities Date of review: November 1, 2010
In short: Lovely flat 10k run In full: enjoyed this 10k did a good second best ever run here, missed pb by 50 secs. Lovely scenic place to run, back next year. Need to get the numbers up for next time bit more publicity as it is a great place to run Date of review: October 31, 2010
In short: Over-priced made up for by beautiful scenery In full: Disappointing results service - not even broken down into male and female, let alone age category! Therefore no opportunity of gauging one's own performance against similar age runners. Date of review: November 2, 2009
In short: Please keep the marshalls throughout next time. In full: This was my first race; it was going well until I suddenly realised I was alone! Due to lack of marshalls on the second lap I took a wrong turn; luckily the path converged again with the race but it was not a good experience. A shame, as the location is great and everyone very friendly. Date of review: November 2, 2009
In short: Great scenery, but poor value for money In full: Being a local race, this appealed to me. Stanwick Lakes is a beautiful location that I had not run before. Its an easy to find location, with some good facilities that could keep all the family entertained as you go off for a run.
However, the race wasn't worth the hefty £15 entry fee (PLUS £2 parking charge on exit - by far the most expensive run I have entered this year), when it is quite possible to turn up and do the very same run, with the same facilities for the cost of the parking fee.
The marshalling was poor and I was very surprised to see that the marshalls on the first two posts had packed up and left by the time I was on the second of the two laps (I'm not fast by any means, but completed in less than an hour, so don’t think it is unreasonable to expect to see the marshalls still in place). The signage on the route was barely adequate and the risk of going off the route was high - especially on the last lap as the field spread out a bit, a lack of marshalls and not always someone in sight to follow!
The finish was poorly marked with a small flag. With a lot of people milling around at that point, which was also right next to the cups of water, it was hard to know exactly where the finish 'line' was.
Timing was DIY, not even a clock at the finish line (although I see there are times published on the website).
I'm not one to enter races for the goody bag, however I do think the entry fee deserved a little more than the mediocre medal, collected from the water table.
The route itself was pleasant, with some great autumnal scenery. Using the pathways around Stanwick Lakes it wasn’t too muddy, despite the recent weather. As the paths were still open to walkers and visitors there were a few occasions of ‘dodge the children’. I also noticed a couple of runners without numbers, whom I assume were out for a Saturday afternoon run.
Overall, I felt this represented poor value for money. As another reviewer also observed, you can turn up, park and do this same run for the cost of parking. With the absence of any ‘extras’ for running the route in a paid race (goody bag, refreshments, timer, good atmosphere) there seems little incentive to pay a £15 entry fee. At that price, I would rather pay the same entry fee to a charitable fun run.