In short: Nice training run but not as good as in previous years In full: I've always enjoyed this run - the marshalls are friendly and it's a nice, varied undulating course.
But this time around, I felt that the organisation wasn't quite as good as in previous years. I was surprised to find that there was no chip timing this year especially as it's quite an expensive run. And we started late as there weren't enough toilets and people were still queueing (I gave up after 25 mins).
Despite these relatively minor grumbles, it is a good race if you're training for a marathon or a half. I just hope they bring back the chip timing for the Spring race. Date of review: September 5, 2011
In short: the hills are alive! In full: liked this race as a first timer, great marshalling, excellent water stations, attractive medal, all positive from where i was standing (or jogging up the last hill at 18 miles). Cant quite agree with the gripes aforementioned everything seemed very clear to me with a nice smallish field maybe there were issues in the ten but as i did the twenty all we had to cope with was a bit of rain but nothing the organisers can do about the weather. all good and easy to get to and away from, a good test for an autumn marathon. Date of review: September 5, 2011
In short: Worth doing as part of training plan. Wouldn't have this run as a goal race. No chip timing, goody bag and disorganisation at finish line. In full: I was looking forward to this race as part of my training for a half marathon at the end of the month. Unfortunately I had a bit of a stinker. Couldn't maintain my usual pace and was feeling the heat/humidity too much (probably an excuse!)and finished 3.5 minutes over my target time. The organisation was friendly, but this disguises the fact that this is an expensive run for a jog. the start/finish was a bit of a mess, not hearing instructions and a queue for water at the end! Medal is good, but not a reason for racing. With all the space on offer at the top gear track more could be done for spectators.
In short: Was better last year In full: Nothing really bad or good this year. I think that it would be better to have bottles of water rather than plastic cups at the water stations. The worst was at the finish where both water and food arrangements were totally inadequate. Runners need bottles of water and bananas. We had to queue up to fill platic cups! Never had that in all the 50+ races I have done. Please please get this sorted. Otherwise OK. Date of review: September 4, 2011
In short: THE best 10 miler around In full: Second time for me of running this race. Like all of Nicky and Alan's at Events to Live's races, ran like clockwork. Loved running around the Top Gear track and then got really stuck into the run. Not a pb for me as been ill recently, but not far off. Yes it may be undulating at times but there are also lots of flats and downhills, so a pb is definitely a possibility. The marshals are super friendly and you get a fab atmosphere when you finish. Good touch having a choc bar at the end, and the obligatory yet good medal.
I just enjoyed this run - two of my friends got pbs, and then watched the 20 milers come in. The weather didn't ruin it either. Looking forward to the next one in March.
In short: Where was the Chip timing? This is for the Autumn 2011 race In full: Review for the Autumn 2011 race. Another good running of this event let down for me in two areas: lack of loos, and no chip timing. Chip timing is fairly standard now at most races and was a feature of the Spring Tempest. The race isn't cheap, so I would expect this. Maybe Sport Systems have massively increased their cost, I don't know, but the reasons for no chip timing were not apparent from the ETL website. Date of review: September 4, 2011
In short: Challenging Race, lack of toilets ruined it for me In full: Whilst there appeared to be specific directions, my husband and I still managed to get lost, and end up with numerous others at the wrong entrance gate, no one seemed to know how to get to the right gate and was quite chaotic.
This meant whilst we should have been over an hour early, we arrived 35 minutes before the start, having spent over 1:30 in the car, I (a female) desperately needed to go to the loo, and my heart sank when I saw the queue for the porta-loos. Credit to the organisers, they tried to get all the guys in the queue to use the urinals, but that still meant with approx 800 entrants on the day, there was a large queue, and I missed the start of the race (yes, queued for over 35 minutes!)
When I did get to start, I had not had the best race preparation, stretching in the queue was about it.
The race itself was definitely challenging, undulating, certainly with some short sharp hills. I heard lots of people who signed up to the spitfire drop out after 1 lap, I certainly wouldn't have liked to have to do another lap!
Great medal, good chip timing, but I can't be doing with organisers who don't get enough toilets in for the ladies. Date of review: June 28, 2011