In short: 2011 TAMWORTH 10K In full: Oooo! What interesting reading these race reviews make!!! I've listed the race & the year because it makes confusing reading on Runners world (I'll be onto them again about this as it needs sorting!). All events organised by KP Events seem to be lumped together under `Fradley 10k', when clearly there's a Summer race in there on P1 & P2 (Johannemica & others)...but where/what?? & then before this Fradley (held in March). Back to Tamworth. Never been here before & fancied a race & day out just to see what was what really, so here goes.... On a PLUS...Nice grounds outside the Castle to Start/Finish. Car parks very close to start (& main shopping area of Tamworth). Excellent lavatories (No Queues! & v.clean). An excellent fast course, which took you down the canal towpath for part of the way, & which was marshalled well. A 2 lap 5k course, so 2nd time around if you were new to the area it didn't matter...seeing the high rises meant you were on your way back to the finish area. Good straight for a sprint finish, but steep camber, so keep central! Paperweight memento, so that was nice. Also, choice of drinks at finish & help yourself to a banana...we like this! Now for the MINUSES! Have to agree with others about Money Making coming first though by KP Events. It's good that they've resurrected the event after 3 years abscence, but let's make it fairer with regard to prizes. In a sport where 75 per cent of the field is made up of veterans (check out the results of any given race in the country), it's not really good enough just to give a prize to the 1st 3 M/F. After all, everyone pays to enter & just about every other race I've ever ran has vets category prizes. It doesn't needn't be much, but it makes for a better race.(Interesting to note that just M/F are listed on the results here, not MV/FV etc). Course Distance. I've been running well all year this year, but could barely believe my eyes on the approach to the finish...a time I haven't seen for a few years at least! I don't run with all this 'gagdgetry' that's around these days, but I reckon comments by others were correct. A short course. Also, timings were out by a few seconds on the listed results...same happened at 'Chipped' Fradley, which just shouldn't be happening. This event wasn't chipped, but timing still not spot on. Also, a rather subdued atmosphere in general from supporters & marshalls, which is a bit unusual really.
SUMMARY. Depends what you want from a race. For a novice this is an excellent course to set you off as it's flat & being 2 laps you know what to expect 2nd time around. If your more experienced, or `In in to win it', there's better value to be had elsewhere.
In short: It's Tamworth!!!! Not Fradley!!!! In full: Another well organised race from KP Events. For a small 10k I can't fault it. A nice flat route which helped me smach my PB, a nice momento at the end and a nice atmosphere to finish with local support. Not the most prestigious 10k you'll ever enter but nice morning out and 14 quid well spent. I will be back next year. Date of review: October 18, 2011
In short: Very disappointing. In full: I opted to enter this - my home town race - rather than my local race near London as I hadn't raced in Tamworth before. Big mistake! Biggest gripe was the course was clearly not the full 10k. My Garmin measured it around 250m short and others confirmed this after race. I was a bit suspicious about distance when I passed the 5k marker a good 100m past the start/finish straight on the second lap! Also the cheapo running number which I was wary about when I opened my race pack began to disintegrate at 6k and detatched completely at 7 so I had to carry it the rest of the distance. £15 to enter and no chip timing! Final insult was they spelt my name wrong in the results. Organisers seem more interested in lining their pockets than providing a decent event. Course was quite nice but I've marked down across the board lest someone be encouraged to enter from my rating. Date of review: October 18, 2011
In short: Great PB Potential In full: Not the most scenic of routes but a nice flat course that helped towards me getting a PB and knocking 7mins off my time. Nice little memento at the end - makes a change to the t-shirts that normally don't get worn! Date of review: October 17, 2011
In short: Great 10k! In full: Very well organised, great facilities and plenty of stewards to see you don't get lost - i calculted the distance as 10.32k, i'm not sure if my i pod is out though?! A really fabulous prize was given to all competitors! Date of review: October 16, 2011