In short: Fast and flat on a still though wet morning. Lack of wind meant the showers didn't hinder speed at all In full: Being a bit dubious about these short course comments (and lacking a Garmin thingy) I used Google Earth to measure the course (the turns at the tree and lamp post are plainly visible). Despite the fact there's some wishful thinking here (I ran a fast time I'm anxious to ratify!) the mapping tool measured the lap as 2.49km. This obviously can't rival a proper measuring wheel on the ground for accuracy but, let's face it, the number is pretty close. The Garmin measurement quoted in one post on this forum is well over a quarter of a mile short of 10km; surely this must be regarded as suspect? I've corresponded with the organisers today and they assure me the course has been properly measured on a number of occassions and that the marshals were posted in the right places! So, if you stayed on the paths, and ran round the tree and the lamp post, who says you haven't got a bona fide time? Date of review: November 29, 2009
In short: A nice course but it was definitely short. In full: The part across the grass was not marked out clearly. On the second lap one of the runners near me told the marshalls to indicate to the runners where they should go which they then did. The area needed to be taped off to make it clear. My gps made it 0.4km short. Date of review: November 29, 2009
In full: This was a great race for my first 10k race - though the hill near the grassy part seemed to get steeper and steeper per lap and it didn't stop raining.
Surprised to see so many people saying they thought the route was less than 10k, but then again both my husband (who finished on 51 mins) and myself (just under 63 mins) both saw loads of people cutting corners - particularly across the grassy section. Marshals were ignored. Instead of running across the grassy section by going around the tree and to the facing lamp post, a lot of runners just cut across the grass probably cutting a significant amount off the distance if they didd it on every lap! This all despite the 2 marshalls both shouting "you need to go around the lamp post". Maybe a signpost or a few markers on the ground next year might help with this difficulty?
But before you question the distance ask did you cut out the corner?
The marshall on the first turn was particularly helpful - shouting encouragement on each lap, which was much appreciated - that and the 2 girls on the last lap by the above mentioned lamppost who were shouting encouragement.
Where there were gates across the path (near the road, and near the start/finish lap) there tended to be a little conjestion caused by other park users not realising there was a race going on so going really slowly through the gates as runners tried to get past them.
Kev nearly fell over a pushchair, kid on a scooter and a dog
Oh that and a car backing into a marshall, causing a pile up of park walkers and runners - i narrowly avoiding falling flat on my face.
Given the conditions and the narrow paths the event was very well organised and marshaled Date of review: November 29, 2009
In short: A good fun run on a bad day weather wise In full: Many thanks to all the marshalls and stewards who stood out in awful weather, donating their time for a worthy cause. Looking forward to 2010 already come rain or shine (but it'll probably rain again). Date of review: November 29, 2009
In short: Could be a really good event. In full: It’s a shame about the negative comments regarding this race, but once again the course seemed woefully short of 10k. I recorded a PB by nearly two minutes and didn‘t run exceptionally well. I ran this race two years ago, and exactly the same problem . . . it’s not as though they haven’t got the space! Despite the course problems, there was some sterling work and enthusiasm from the organisers and marshalls in the bad weather. This event could attract a much bigger field with local club participation if they sorted out the course and had a race HQ – maybe the cricket pavilion and bar in the park? Despite the gripes, will be back next year!