In short: Hot and hilly In full: Exit from car park took 40 minutes, the eye mask in the goody bag had split and covered evrything in the goody bag with ectoplasm, the orange t-shirt made me look like I had black death and even wearing factor 50 I burnt. Apart from that I enjoyed myself, the sight of all the ladies doing the warm up and the guys doing nothing was v funny and the man in the mankini made me laugh out loud - which is a first in a race! The body shop ladies did a great job and as has been said before the fact that it was so hilly made the achievement better.
An earlier water station would have been more apropriate given the temperature and something really should be done about the parking situation but all in all would do it again. Date of review: June 15, 2009
In short: brilliantly organised and very rewarding In full: Yes it was a bit hilly but that just made it more of a challenge. Views were not spectacular and the massive goody bag was aimed primarily at women but it was fun, friendly, well organised and the T-shirt was worth the entrance fee alone! Date of review: June 15, 2009
In short: The one time I took my missus to BW, and she never shopped! In full: Well, Im glad they told everyone to be there for 7:30! Was like getting in on Xmas eve, but as a local, I knew a cut around to get from the closed off side to the A2 queue.
What heat! Even for that time of the morning! Really added to the punishing hills on the course - maybe adding a 3km water station could be considered for next year?
The warm up wasn't even noticed for those towards the back of the bottle necked start, but the body shop girls going round with sun cream, face vapourisers, cooling gels and wipes done a great job and were really friendly.....
Mr Mankini - WHY!? Im sure you raised loads for charity, but how's the chaffing this morning? And a bit of a trim next time please!!
Hills were a bugger after 5k, but there's no other way of doing a run in that area without hills - Iv taken it as a positive that I need to do some more hill training though.
Great post race assistance with de-tagging, handing out drinks, medals, goody bags (very nice contents), etc and what a cool touch with the engraving too (shame about the queue there tho!)..
Getting out was also pretty bad, but a few alternative "routes" through the car park got us out well enough.
All in all, a defo 7.5 out of 10 for me - good effort, and great fun.
OH, AND CAN WE START GETTING T-SHIRTS THAT ARE NOT RED FOR RACES PLEASE! Date of review: June 15, 2009
In full: 2nd time running the 10k, 2nd time my family have run the 2k event, complaints first however. access by car into Bluewater was appalling this year, all routes throttled down to 1 lane!!!, plenty of people missed the start, must do much better next year!! the start position was moved back this year so creating a huge bottle neck for the runners at the rear, must move the start forward to 2008's location.!!! saw plenty of runners being sick and a few fainted souls, unfortunately also saw the St Johns brigade sitting down taking in the sun whilst these poor souls were being ill not more than a few feet away.
good points. the weather was great for the 2k event, not so for us 10k runners (8.30am and 23*C!!!) the water stations were well manned, support along the route was good for such an early start, the traffic free route is great, the hill up the side of the bridge and onto London Road is a killer!! the rest of the undulating route saps your strength, however the fact that we had 3 families running the 10k and 2k events is testiment to the great fun that this event holds, i'd suggest we'll all be back next year. the kids also love the medals and the 10k goody bag is great as well. congratulations to all at sweatshop for another great bluewater 10k congratulations to the Dudsons and Caies
lets hope the chap in the 'Mankini' doesnt run in it again next year, your *rse cheeks did nothing for me and also put my kids off there breakfast, i'm sure there was some chaffing!!! hope you raised lots of money though.
In short: Well organised race, shame about the parking this year. In full: Will definitely do it again next year and hope the weather is cooler. The "undulations" were a challenge in the heat. Dont know what happened with the parking this year but had to que all the way from the A2. I'm sure quite a few people must have missed the start. Date of review: June 15, 2009
In short: Well organised race, good atmosphere worth the entrance fee In full: Liked the feel of this big event, great organisation, I enjoyed the race and will definitely be back next year. It was hot, so struggled to put in a good time, from 4.5 onwards it's quite undulating so it's a challenge. Must mention the warm up routine at the start, it was very funny, the women really went for the aerobics work out, while the blokes just looked on, not quite knowing what to make of it. Date of review: June 14, 2009
In short: Very well managed, and the route is better In full: On the whole the route was better as when I did the run back in 2007 you turned left into London Road but this time the course went towards Asda then turn left which was much better, also my daughter was impressed with her medal for the 2km run as when she also did the 2km run in 2007 she was given a Lego block, also the goody bag for both races were very good Date of review: June 14, 2009
In short: Hot, Hot, HOT! In full: Coming off of the A2 and into the car park was like the Saturday before Christmas at Bluewater. That aside, there were plenty of spaces available once inside and directions to the start were good. Watching the warm up was funny - a good majority of women were prancing around with the Virgin Active people, and on the other side of the duel carriageway .... men just standing still. I hope it was caught on camera, it was quite comical. The race itself was hard work for me, I've been running for 5 years and I don't think I've ever had a day as hot as this - even at 8.30am. The hills were a challenge but if you could find the shade of some trees, it helped a tiny bit. The scenery was dire but I know Bluewater and I knew it would be before I turned up. Even with these negatives, I still really enjoyed the run because I just felt I had to work harder and I felt like I'd achieved more than I would normally. The organisation was great, the gun went off spot on time. I've read that perhaps it was less than 10k - I hope not because it was quite slow for me! I think it was a bit costly compared to some races but the goody bag and treats and the privilege of doing the run must have added up to the £20 fee. Probably the best goody bag I've ever had. I can wear that luminous t-shirt during the winter on dark roads and be seen for miles, it's perfect! I will definitely do it again. Well done to all those involved and thanks for a good show. Date of review: June 14, 2009