In short: Good course but event lacks atmosphere. In full: Ran this for the first time this year. Nice flat course ensured a reasonable time (although not helped by the stiff wind blowing across the lake!) but parking is tight in the allocated car park unless you arrive early and the organisers (as reported from last year on this site) could be more friendly. Needs more atmosphere and not great value if you enter on the day like I did but would do it again for sure. Date of review: November 24, 2007
In short: Pretty flat course around a big lake and a bit alongside roads In full: Only hills are going under subways, bits around willen lake are very nice but quite alot is alongside roads. Struggled to find the start as did a few other runners i saw but once there very well organised. Date of review: December 1, 2006
In short: My first attempt at this distance, so had to get a PB In full: Chip timing worked well, but timing mat at start too would have helped. Disappointed not to get any momento. Still waiting for the results to be published Date of review: November 30, 2006
In short: My first attempt at this distance, so no comparisons. I enjoyed it very much but can see ways to improve organisation In full: Having left early to park (not itself easy) meant hanging around for ages by the start doing endless warm ups. There were no visible officials and when we eventually got going, no megaphone with no hope of hearing the marshalls from the middle of the pack. Why not register by the start/finish area? Why not add directions to the Willen lake toilets, easily as far away as Camp Hill? A memento would have been nice, as would a banana! Still, the shortcomings should be easy to fix, the course was enjoyable and I will be back next year! Date of review: November 29, 2006
In short: Where's the momento??? In full: Windy and muddy in places, but can't do much about that. Chip timing worked well, but timing mat at start too would have helped. Disappointed not to get any momento, especially as i missed out on PB too.
In short: I was disappointed with organisation In full: no marshalls on car parks what was the idea in pre entering if you then had to queue to get your number and chip when we finished all we got was a bottle of water. I also think they need to have a race limit of 400 Date of review: November 26, 2006