In short: A very good beginners race. In full: Very popular 'Fun Run' with a field of almost 3500. Excellent opportunity for a quick time if you can get a decent start. Well established race that caters for runners of all abilities.
Would benefit from more accurate timing but on the whole a well organised event. Date of review: May 11, 2009
In short: penguins, cows and bumblebees In full: Fantastic atmosphere - PB for me too which was great. As a relative new comer to races (this is my 4th 10k), its the first time I've run with penguins, cows and bumblebees!! The only downside / tip for next year is that getting to the event (with the main road closed for the race) and parking are very difficult with very little guidance. Date of review: May 11, 2009
In short: Massive fun run, not a race suited to the average club runner In full: This is a mass start race on a flat out-and-back seafront road course. Only sub-40 minute runners get a separate pen at the front that allows for a relatively unimpeded start. Those of us in the 40-50 minute category, which would include many club runners and vets, were forced to stand jammed together like sardines next to men in gorilla suits and the like awaiting the off. When the start did come it was well over a minute before I was able to move forward at all. The next 2 kilometres were mainly occupied with trying to make forward progress, weaving around masses of walkers and joggers often forming a moving roadblock, jumping on and off pavements, and dodging behind tram shelters. It took me 7 minutes to reach the 1st km mark! Despite the flatness of the course there's little PB potential as your progress is severely hampered by the congestion at the start. Nor could I see where the start line was to take a more accurate time from my own watch. This is much more a fun-run than a race: it doesn't have a UKA licence, so it allows boys & girls aged under 16 to take part and there is no certification that the course is accurately measured. It's well-organised, though for car parking the organisers offer no guidance whatsoever. It's essentially a friendly, welcoming, good-humoured fun-run with a lot of noise and vocal roadside support, all of which helps to take your mind off the rather grim-looking promenade and seafront you run along. Date of review: May 11, 2009
In short: A good race for the quickest and the slowest In full: Did the race back in 2007 and am glad some changes have been made since then. i.e more water stations and a serious runner start pen. Could do with some running prizes very disappointing when you have a great run, you come second and get nothing for it. Date of review: May 11, 2009