In short: Only if organisation improved would i run this again. Very chaotic at start, nobody knew what was going ohjn. Race numbers still being collected after start time of 11am Date of review: January 16, 2012
In short: Dull, confused and wont bother again In full: 2 1/2 laps of the track where you are overtaken as a beginner and then have to double back to exit, why they just did not start us further round so u could just leave the track and exit I will not know. Bored of running a further 4 laps of the park dogging fast runners and dogs, thank god I met Keith a run coach who spurred me on. A complete beginner walked off, at the end a further 2 laps of the track and when I asked a volunteer about the people still out there he said IF WE WAITED FOR ALL YOU SLOW RUNNERS TO FINISH WE WOULD BE OUT THERE ALL NIGHT - Is that not the point of voulenteering, otherwise don't bother as I felt like I had held him up from his sunday roast grrrr. Would not do again or encourage anyone after that response from a voulunteer. Date of review: January 16, 2012
In short: Local flat run with good standard of competition,medal,t-shirt,banana and water so good value for £10 and the distance was correct even though slightly over. In full: An improvement on last year as the distance was over 10K (10.13)and organisation was slightly better but still a long wait to collect number from entry desk.I thought the route was better and going around the bank of the athletics track and out of the side gate into park was an improvement on going out of the main entrance. Atmosphere was ok for me as i ran it with a group of running friends and you just had to avoid dog walkers and children on bikes/scooters on a few occasions around the park.In general not bad value for money for £10 and actually quite enjoyed the four laps of the park so will be back next year. Date of review: January 16, 2012
In full: The start and finish lines were not at all clear. Only found out today (Monday 16th) that there was a goody bag at the end, there was no one at the finish to direct people where to go to get water and or goody bag. At the end i had the suspicion that the race was over 10 k and this seems to be the case.
In short: Nice flat, scenic, good value race but a bit too repetitive In full: Nice and flat race throughout and a decent medal, t-shirt and bag at the end, but a few sharp turns on the course cost valuable seconds (most of them on muddy turns so didn't want to risk slipping over!) and the 4 laps round the field plus extra lap round the running track at the end didn't make for a very enjoyable race - there's something harsh about running through the finish line then having to run another lap to the end... it's psychologically evil!!
Overall the race wasn't too bad and measured about 10.13km so they've sorted the distance problems of previous years, but not sure about doing it again next year - the laps are too mentally punishing! Date of review: January 15, 2012