In short: This must be one of the best 10k events in the South West. In full: I ran my first ever 10k here at Castle Combe last November on a cold windy day and I was keen to come back and run the course again in what I hoped would be better weather conditions. I have run in a couple of other 10k events since then, so what is it that drew me back to Castle Combe?
Firstly, the circuit itself must be unique. Running on a motor racing circuit guarantees a pretty flat and even course and it is also an interesting experience to run laps of anything other than a 400 metre track. In fact, the laps here are a fraction under three kilometres! There are really clear kilometre markers, so monitoring one’s pace is an absolute joy (and I even remembered to switch the Garmin to operate in metric units today!) Coming to the venue in the summertime, I was amused to see that the area within the circuit must be let to a local farmer, as there was a crop of wheat growing there. I was also taken aback to be reminded that the far side of the circuit could not be seen from the main grandstand area – this is an indication of how big the track is.
Secondly, the venue is – not surprisingly – perfectly set up for competitive events. There is loads of parking right by the track along with the race HQ, plenty of WCs, a café and lots of spectator areas.
Thirdly, the organisation of this event is very good – the organisers take a down-to-earth and no nonsense approach to the day and it all runs very smoothly indeed. Many other event organisers could do with a megaphone just like Will’s.
It was a cloudy day with some wind and, although it was sheltered in the start/finish area, I knew from experience that the back straight would be a bit of a challenge. And indeed it was. The first two kilometres went exactly according to plan, but by the time I finished the third, I had given away over 20 seconds! The wind is the one challenging factor here, because it would be necessary to run down the back straight two more times! Otherwise, the weather was great – cool and largely cloudy.
All in all, a most enjoyable outing. I missed the PB by less than a minute, partly because of the wind and partly through lack of preparation, but I have already put in an entry for the November event ...
Many thanks to the organisers and marshals and all involved in the staging of this event. Keep up the excellent work!
In short: Good pb course, great set up - parking, cafe etc etc In full: Great setting in the sense that 'everything is under one roof'. Course is a bit dull but the km markers help make it motivational. My aim was that the front runners didn't lap me .... and they didn't. p.s. what was with all the wasps? Date of review: August 16, 2009
In short: Another well run event In full: Some might say that three laps round a race track is a bit boring, and they may well be right, however this is a fantastic race to be able to run well thought out race plan, you know exactly what is coming when and know when to make your move, defo PB potential! Date of review: August 16, 2009
In short: well organised and friendly race In full: no matter how fast or slow you are you are made to feel welcomed. Traffic free course and plenty of support from fellow runners too. Date of review: March 5, 2009
In short: Love Castle Combe....best weather conditions for ages! In full: What a lovely day for a race at Castle Combe? Normally we have to battle the hail, rain, wind...but today....bliss! A well organised event and a nice statue momento to all finishers, goodies and OK facilites, nice hot food in cafe afterwards! Always a joy to run on such a 'true' surface and traffic free....see you in August! Date of review: March 1, 2009