In short: Big fan of this race - and a PB to boot.... In full: Did this race last year and enjoyed it so was eager to do it again - it didn't disappoint. Weather was better than last time around. Really like the course, enjoy the citycentre section and was pleased to knock a minute of my 10k PB. Stadium finish is always great and although no medal - the Mizuno T-shirt is fantastic - same again next year please, organisers! cheers. Date of review: April 19, 2009
In short: Really enjoyable race! Lovely weather too!! In full: Positives: The start of the race worked really well with pens avoiding bottle-necks early on. We know this course fairly well and were prepared for the nasty sharp turns and inclines! At least you get to see the nice bits of Derby! The weather this year was perfect which added to the wonderful atmosphere - lots of crowds at the start and around the pride park area. The drumming band were marvellous at a point where they were needed. Would like to see more entertainment if possible in the future? Brilliant organisation....extra car parking this year helped. Lots of friendly marshalls! A big thank you! Negatives: Massive bottle-neck at the finishing line...the marshalls were trying their best to move people into the funnel so not really sure what the problem was. STUPID people standing IN THE MIDDLE of the course when others were still finishing!! No bananas!!!!!
In short: Excellent challenging race In full: Only my second 10km but well worth the long trip to get there. Excellent support from the locals and challenging sections throughout. As a previous poster mentioned, the downhill, sharp left turn and then climb up the flyover could be demorilising to some. Especially liked the pen system as it helped me not to go off too fast then get demorlised as people passed. Only 1 small gripe, only just got a t-shirt, luckily Mizunos idea of large is actually quite small so the T-Shirt isnt too big on me and why no medal ? Overall, good value for money, excellent support and would recommend to newby runners Date of review: April 19, 2009
In short: Well organised, good fun event In full: Very well organised, loved the finish into the stadium (although did start my sprint a bit too early not realising that we had to do 3/4 of a lap of the pitch!). Nice atmosphere and a pretty level, well surfaced course. Excellent marshalls and an encouraging drumming band half way round helped me keep my pace up.
My Garmin measured the course at 10.12km (and each km marker seemed about 100m further than my watch from about 4km on), but I'm probably picking hairs as I still managed a PB.
Water station would have been better placed in the second half of the course and serving it in cups not bottles made it pretty difficult to actually drink any!
Would defnintely do again. Date of review: April 19, 2009
In short: Enjoyable 10k, good for beginners. In full: This is my local race and the first 10k I've entered, the only other serious race I'd entered was the Great North run last year.
Clearly it was never going to be on such a grand scale as that but the course was interesting enough through the city centre and it was nice to finish in Pride Park Stadium. I thought it was very well organised and I was very happy to put in a much much improved PB! Date of review: April 19, 2009
In short: Great race!!!!! In full: First time I have done this 10k - but have to say, really enjoyed it, and this is possibly now my favorite 10k race!!! Due to struggling with a niggling injury, decided to use this as a Sunday training run rather than to'go for it', but this course has definite PB potential. Really enjoyed the run through the City, and the supprt from spectators was great. Will definitely be back next year!!!!
In short: This is well worth turning out for. Brill t-shirt In full: The weather was fab, excellent atmosphere, a real family affair. Coming into Pride Park is a great way of finishing the race.It was well organised and parking worked like a dream. Thank you to all the marshalls and events organisers for a fab morning. Better than staying in bed!!! Date of review: April 19, 2009
In short: A great race again with lots of crowd support all around the course In full: I enjoyed this again this year though still unsure of the actual distance of the course and I would question its accuracy. However, being my home town I loved it! Date of review: April 19, 2009