In short: Can see why so many people liked the event last year but wasn't happy with some of the prizes In full: Was certainly some good points on the run. The activities on the cricket pitch were brilliant for families plus the race route is great for runners looking to break their PB's (I did this, knocked 1:49 off my time) along with being a great race for beginners (My friend competed in her first race today and really enjoyed it).
My only problem was the fact that I did the race for a prize of a medal which isn't the race organisors fault as the runners world website said we would get one. Still I hear this was the first time they got rid of this prize which I think was wrong. People competing in a race will be sporty and will already have sports bags so I think the Muller bag will be pointless and thrown away.
I also finished and queued for my Muller Yogharts but after this I went back to the shirt tent to pick mine up and they had run out so I've come away without a medal or shirt I thought I would get.
Don't get me wrong the yogharts were a great prize and the stuff in the bag was what is expected at most runs these days, I just feel the main prizes should be far better next time.
I also think that a race with over a thounsand entrants should provide chip timing, especially with a start so tight and hard to organise. This means times and positions can be dealt with correctly.
Could be such a good run but the prizes and the organisation on times and positions need to be improved for me to come back to do this again. Date of review: May 10, 2009
In full: Great athmosphere, Excellent goody bag and tray of yogurts. Good PB Smashed mine by 2 mins. See you there next year. Great for all abilities. Weather was fab too. What more can a runner ask for. THANK YOU MULLER TEAM!! Date of review: May 10, 2009
In short: One of the best races in the UK. In full: Excellent as always. Real value for money (Shakespeare marathon, take note). £10 = Technical T-Shirt, Rucksack, Tray of Muller Youghut (6) and ususal bits and bobs, Lucozade etc. Haven't come across a better race yet. Date of review: May 10, 2009
In short: plenty of mild ups downs and turns to keep you focused. Great crowds In full: Nice race in a nice town with nice locals. Great goody bags. Bottled water instead of cups was fab, the driest I have ever finished a race! Wasnt sure where the actual start line was to time myself properly, maybe a nice chalk line for next year? Or maybe I just couldnt see for all the people (over 1000)! Good organisation at the start telling people where to stand for their expected finish times helped for a moderately smooth start. Great day out for family and frinds too with live music and stalls. Date of review: May 10, 2009
In short: Good race but maybe too big In full: This event is superb value for money with the free t shirt and the free tray of yogs at the end and the goody bag, didnt see any medals this year but then again could easily have missed them. The course is fairly flat and does offer potential for a pb if you can get a reasonable starting position. I got lucky with my parking space but saw a lot of unhappy car parkers who vehicles were blocked in and also the start of the race is now too much of a rugby scrum, anticipated finishing times marked on the side of the road might help sort it out a bit, but I wonder if this race is now too popular. After doing this for three years now unless they cut the numbers of runners which I doubt or maybe look at chip timing I doubt I will be back as too much time is lost at the start. If you are new to running however and want an idea for a first 10km then maybe try this event. Date of review: May 10, 2009
In short: Well run race In full: After the problems of last years finish, glad to see these were all ironed out. Once again a supurb goody bag and lots of free yogurts. Well done Tim Beckett and team. See you next year. Date of review: July 17, 2008