In short: First time but I'll be back next year! In full: I watched my wife & her sister race this last year & thought I'd give it a go this time. The Julie Rose Stadium is a great setting, plenty of parking, toilets, changing, refreshments etc, also very good for spectators to watch the final 300 metre dash around the track to the finish line. The course I would describe as mildly challenging, there's a lot of ascents & descents but not very tough climbs, there were also two drinks stations in a 10k! One apparently is a mystery to the organisers, they just handed out bottled water bless 'em!. Lots of people out cheering & clapping the runners too which was nice. My wife's Garmin measured 6.25 miles too, very close to being exactly 10k, unlike other races we've come across & the extra .05 could just be the difference between running on the right side of the road for the optimum line. Organisation by Martin Burke & Nice Work was top notch, they know their stuff and everything ran smoothly & results were online quickly. A very nice race & I recommend it to everyone, from 1st time 10k runners upwards. Date of review: October 15, 2012
In short: Excellent organisation, not as flat as expected though! In full: Had to work hard to get a PB on this course, there a few hills especially just before the 5k point. Organisation was very slick and there were lots of marshalls out on the course. Date of review: October 15, 2012
In short: First class organisation In full: The crowds were wonderful. Few more ladies loos wouldn't go amiss. The atmosphere was terrific and I especially liked the Police in full riot gear crossing the finishing line together. The track was awash with spectators and a nice touch getting the medal from the Mayor Date of review: October 15, 2012
In short: Enjoyable Sunday morning In full: Another enjoyable 10k race (my 8th this year) managed a PB so well happy. Course is mildy undulating but nothing too hard. Closed roads are a bonus. Two water stops enroute, the first had 33cl (I think) size bottles which seem a bit of a waste as you only need a couple of mouthfuls and then throw the rest away) Overall organisation was good, although I nearly missed the start due the long queue for the toilets. There were some more toilets upstairs but they were marked for VIP's only! Wow you must be important if you get your own toilets! My tip would be to register before the day, this is a fairly large 10k race(1000 runners) and loads of us, including me left it until the day to register, cue long queues, although we were dealt with promptly. Marshalls all around the course were helpful and clapped as did the residents of Ashford. The end of the race, was excellent as it finishes with an almost complete lap of the stadium track and large crowds cheering everyone home. Plenty of parking and managed to escape without delay at the end. Medal is ok, nothing special, wouldn't have minded a t-shirt aswell :-). Will definitely do again next year! Date of review: October 15, 2012
In short: A good race, great to be wearing the Vegen Runners vest In full: I havnt had my times back for this race yet, but it was very nice to be in a large race, running from the back, as i arrived late made me feel much better, since I passed many other runners but wasnt worried by a couple of dozen passing me Date of review: October 14, 2012
In short: Mildly Challenging Course; Well organised event In full: First time running this one. Nice Work organised another excellent event. Good sized field - over 1000 runners.
The course is not completely flat. There are a few long gradients (wouldn't call them hills) along the course; but these are balanced out with some long downhill stretches. Mildly challenging I'd say - good thing the weather was very cool this morning. Nice feelgood finish on the track as well!
The event is well supported by locals throughout the course.
Well organised although not many toilets. 2 water stations (1 with bottles; 1 with cups). Plenty of marshalls. The route is safe as all roads are closed. Water and chocolate bars, energy bars and jaffa cakes at the finish line. An OK medal presented by the Mayor! No goody bag but most goody bags are pointless anyway!
I will be back. Nice atmosphere at the finish line.
In short: Good for beginners In full: First time at this race, very disorganised at the start no signs to let you know where you needed to go. Shortage of toilets at the start. Very easy flat race , great for new comers , although a little dull for the more experienced runner. Probaly would not do again though. ok medal but nothing special , no goodie bag. But penguin bars on offer at the end. Date of review: October 14, 2012