In short: Cracking race - shame about the weather. In full: This was the first 'proper' race I had taken part in and it was superb. The weather was awful so the wife and kids went to the Aquarium which was v v close to the start line. However the streets were lined with spectators / supporters and it was a superb atmosphere (1:22.44 time for the record). Date of review: October 26, 2008
In short: Wet but suprisingly not too windy! In full: As anyone that has done this regularly will know, the last 2 miles are usually extremely windy. So it came as both a shock and suprise that this year was mild in comparison to previous years. Even Paula Radcliffe was caught out, admitting that she kept some in reserve in readiness for the 2 mile wall!! The light rain actually served to keep the cold away and so present perfect conditions for a fast, enjoyable race. The races started on time (thanks Channel 5 for the live coverage) but my only gripe (same as last year) is that they put clearly out of shape 'Celeb' runners right at the start of the elite (orange wave a). It means that quick club runners and everyone else behind has to dodge the clearly embarressed Z list. Course however is brilliant. Flat and super fast and very well supported. There are frequent aid stations and lots of motivating music (take note pathetic Run to the Beat). Goodie bag was fine with a very nice medal and always top quality, well fitting t-shirts. Great value for money. I'll be back time and time again. One thing though, the new timing chips - many regular runners now use their own ankle band to secure their chip, these New flat chips may be great for shoes but can't be used with chip bands. See you next year! Date of review: October 26, 2008
In short: Extremely well organised with plenty of friendly marshalls / helpers despite the weather. Lack of WC meant long wait in cold. Goody bag a bit mean - a chocolate or ceral bar would have been welcome. Date of review: October 26, 2008
In short: Flat popular Televised 10 miler In full: Felt better doing it this year crowds great. PB for all. Saw Dan Robinson when I was at 7 (he was 91/2). Only problem is the WIND on the seafront Jees Date of review: March 5, 2008
In short: A great run, despite the weather In full: This was the longest I have ever run, the weather was so bad, I had a little cry once I got to the seafront after 8 miles, but only because of the weather! Once I finished, I was very chuffed. It was a great day and I smile when I think about it. Bring on the next one. Date of review: January 9, 2008
In short: Great Occasion, shame about the weather In full: Loved every minute of it, interesting route on the flat makes for good times, although this year, running the last two miles into the strong wind and rain certainly tested the majority of runners. Looking forward already to next year. Date of review: November 25, 2007
In short: Great race, excellent organisation - shame about the weather! In full: Having started running earlier this year, needed to set some goals. This was my second event - ever! My first event was a Cancer Research UK 10k in September.
Travelled up on the morning of the race, and expected some traffic problems, but although slow moving, made our way easily onto the common. Organisation throughout seemed to run like clockwork, with friendly stewards/marshals.
Unfortuanetly I was in the green wave (not really knowing my likely time when I entered), but as soon as we set off, soon found myself passing many from the other waves!
Managed to get around in a time I was really happy with, and beating my 10k PB.
OK, the weather could have been better, but that makes me all the more determined to do even better next year! (with better weather!). I considered the £3 parking fee was well worth it - try parking all day for that in many places in Cornwall! Nice goody bag & medal - really had no expectations though as to what to find in it.
Yes, I'll be running this race again next year & it's certainly inspired me to take up running "properly", with entries already being made for some other races next year.