In short: First race of January In full: I do run at Norman Park and was interested by this 10 k race. Reading previous reviews, I was a bit worried.. The race itself is 4 laps of Norman Parks, and few laps of the athletic track. I did enjoy this race. Nice tee shirt and medal,it will be nice to have a big clock at end , Overall a nice local race. Date of review: January 13, 2013
In short: Avoid this like the plague In full: This may just be the worst 10K out there. Start was a farce, course was poorly conceived, don't think I saw distance markers at 1,3,5,7 or 9K. I'm not bothered about the medal, but alot of people are and I didn't see any,let alone the t-shirts. Banana was nice though. Cheap as chips I guess, but parkrun is free and better organised. Oh yeah, course was too long and I stupidly missed the gate on the way back into the track so ran an additional 200 metres or so(can't blame the marshalls for that though). I should have read last year's comments on here before signing up. Date of review: January 17, 2012
In short: Worth the morning out if in the area! In full: Poor to average organisation - clearly more events people than runners! Worth the morning out if you're in the area but I wouldn't travel far to this one.
The course was pleasant but not particularly fast - a mixture or track, grass and trail.
Ok at £10 but don't do it for the medal or goody bag.
In short: Organised.... REALLY In full: Very poor organisation. No signs which queue to be in other than getting to the front and being told 'WRONG QUEUE'. My name wasn't on the list having registered online. Race start wasn't organised to say the least and the announcer wanted to be somewhere else. Why run two laps and then back pedal when you could start at further round and then simply just go through the exit?
Finish was horrific. Having been told to run in lanes 5-8 i did so but everyone else simply ran in lanes 1-2 meaning that the race marshals didn't know who had finished.
I only realized today that there was a goody bag, t-shirt and a medal... Date of review: January 16, 2012
In short: The organiser was a funny chap! In full: It's good as a 10k test at the beginning of Jan, which is what I wanted to get from this race. Otherwise don't bother. Four laps around a park is pretty boring. Date of review: January 16, 2012
In short: You pay for what you get In full: This is a cheap enough race at £10 and you get a medal and a t shirt, plus a goodie bag! The course is flat and repetative and could do with chip timing. I lapped one person twice and they finnished 10 meters behind me!! It was very cold at the staet and being held waiting was not helpful plus no water at the finish. Date of review: January 16, 2012
In short: Too slow to start ............ In full: After 2 laps of the recreation ground, route became boring. Not sure what was happening at the start but it seemed to take forever to start the run. Goodie bag was pants. Just an apple and a sweatband (why bother)? Medal and t-shirt made the race worthwhile. Wouldn't do it again though, too boring. Date of review: January 16, 2012