In short: Champion Chip Timing PLEASE - people should NOT que to finish a race !! In full: I did this race in 2006 and thought that it was poorly organised, the admin prior to the event is fine and no problems experienced either year. This year I waited at the 40 min + sign which was a good addition to last year with the various time catagories listed in order to prevent the chaos of the previous year. However this year everyone waited a little way back from the start not wanting to claim to be an elite runner, the organisers should have had people walk right up to the line prior to the start but this was not done. The event NEEDS a staggered start with Champion Chip timing next year. It was totally ridiculous that whilst waiting at the finish my friend had to que to get over the finish line with one poor lady taking everyones numbers - sort the start and finish out National Trust and you've got yourself a fantastic race, needs chip timing even if more expensive entry fee. Use the park better, the start / finish needs to be back nearer the main building areas with a wide open finish area. There could ven be family activities taking place to keep young kids happy. Come on National Trust more effort needed !! you're a NATIONAL trust not the local scout troop !! Date of review: October 8, 2007
In short: Beautiful scenic route In full: A beautiful scenic route through the park. Not as much support as I would have liked but then I did not expect it. The start was too narrow and the finish was poor. I had to queue to get over the finish line, then queue to have my number taken and then queue to collect my t-shirt. Many thanks to all the helpers, without you there would be no race. Maybe for next year you could charge more and have the chip system. Also please can you sort out the finish. I forgot to stop my watch as I was too busy waiting my turn to cross the line. Thanks anyway I did enjoy it. Date of review: October 8, 2007
In short: Good race with room for improvement. In full: There seems to be a bit of a theme emerging here... the location is fantastic and this race has the potential to be great but it lets itself down on the organisation front.
I was fortunate enough to get through the finish before the backlog developed but I agree with others in that you should NEVER have to queue to get over a finish line! The start seemed to be very crowded leading to a fair bit of traffic to begin with, did it have to start on such a narrow part of the park? The start was also delayed which isn't good given that everyone has warmed up only to cool down again waiting for it to begin.
The course itself is good, great scenery and undulating but nothing too drastic. Date of review: October 8, 2007
In short: Agree with previous comments regarding organisation In full: A great pity that such a potentially motivational course is let down by a seemingly complete lack at any attempt at organisation of the start and finish. Date of review: October 8, 2007