In short: My favourite race of the year! In full: In particular excellent marshalling - not only helpful directions and safety issues overlooked but the general levels of support by way of cheers and words of encouragement was truely appreciated. Fantatiic technical tee too - bonus! My second time running this race and I'll be back in 2013! Date of review: January 4, 2012
In short: Nice start to the year In full: Despite the forecast wind it did not seem too bad in the race apart from one mile where I lost some time. However I still started 2012 with a PB so cannot complain. There was some traffic on the course but nothing that was intrusive to the race. There is one narrow footpath section coming back to the seafront where it was quite difficult to overtake. Any pedestrians/dog walkers might have caused issues there. I think the organisers may have been surprised by the number of entries which was a record for the event. There was an announcement asking for volunteer marshals at the last minute as some had not turned up. I suppose there is always the chance of that happening after New Year's Eve. Overall I think the organisers and marshals did a great job. Well done to them and I will definitely be back next year. Date of review: January 4, 2012
In short: Flat and fast start to the year In full: Have to agree with candomust do, it may have been optomistic to leave bottles of water unattended but hey-ho, I didn't hear about the water at the start as I was at the back but do you really need water on a 10k? As far as I know the rules don't require any drinks for less than a 10 mile race and it was hardly a scorcher on Jan 1st. As for runners not completing the course, I did see what was presumably the then lead runner ignore the marshalls and other runners by carrying on straight into town probably rather than follow the rest of us backmarkers turning left. I heard him shout he was on the 2nd lap but to ignore marshalls? Bye bye...
As ever, I enjoyed the run which was well organised, thanks Cleethorpes AC, presumably the knockers don't bother to get involved with organising themselves otherwise they might view things differently. And for once, I got a t shirt that fitted! :-) Date of review: January 3, 2012
In short: Nice and flat, PB potential In full: Apart from the water being stolen a well organised race with PB potential, this was my fourth time and will be back next year. Well done Cleethorpes AC. Date of review: January 3, 2012
In short: Good race In full: Fastish, flattish and times were on the notice board at the Cricket Club before we left!
The chap does a great job with his pre race speech (same guy as the monthly 5ks I think).
In response to the chap below who slates the race and in particular the leaving the water pre race. I sympathise with the organisers totally. Next year have barbed wire around the mile markers and snipers protecting the marshalls so that he gives you a better rating?
Only one negative for me was that if I hadn't gone back for the shower I wouldnt have known about the Tee shirts. No one at the finish advised me (or club mates) they were there!!
Still a great effort though Date of review: January 3, 2012
In short: Could try harder In full: I last did this race in 1994. With plenty of experience of putting this race on, I thought the organising club (Cleethorpes AC) were going to put a 1st class race on - Wrong. More info including course maps could have been put on the web. Quite a few runners didn't complete the full course. I don't know if it was poor marshalling, bad signage, lack of info, or a poorly thought out course or a combination of all the aforementioned. The water for the drinks stations was dumped at the finish and midway points 1 1/2 hours before the event with no-one in attendance. I thought, that’s going to disappear - and so it did - stolen. Also what about adulteration? At the start, the runners were told if they couldn't run 10k without a drink not to run. Of course the water would be stolen if left unattended - wake up. Why couldn't someone get to Tesco's just up the road and buy some more? (other supermarkets are available). The only plus was that the price was about right. The Race Director and his team need to put a lot more effort into this race if he wants me back in another 18 years time! Date of review: January 2, 2012
In short: A good race starting at a good time with potential for personal best In full: This is the first year I had run this race and found the route nice and flat, lots of opportunity for spectators, not too cold and only a slight breeze.
It was a shame for the organisers that some rotter stole the water from the water station but this was not their fault.
In short: A superbly organised race which could start your New Year off with a PB! In full: A great race which was well organised. Pretty flat so definite PB potential assuming you avoided the Xmas mince pies and NYE exuberances. Superb value as it also included a very nice tech t-shirt. Well done Cleethorpes AC. Date of review: January 2, 2012