In short: Better than last year In full: I found the pre-race instructions and directions perfectly clear, so I'm not sure why others didn't.
The fabulous weather on the day doubtless helped, but I thought 2010 was a big overall improvement on 2009 - i.e. better parking, shorter walk at the start & end, I preferred the new 3 lap course to the old 2 lap course, less concerns about road safety (which soured the atmosphere last year, hence the big drop in numbers this year).
Well marshalled by friendly folk who appeared to know what they were doing in terms of traffic control at the junctions.
Quite expensive for a few cups of water and a mug, but otherwise no complaints from me. Date of review: March 8, 2010
In full: It came as a surprise when everyone begun to run, as there was no indication that the race had started!! For someone who hates laping, I really enjoyed the course. The laps were varied enough not to seem repetative and couldnt have asked for better weather. The marshalls were really friendly and supportive throughout. My Garmin clocked a slightly longer course of 20.15 miles and it wasnt obvious that mugs were being given out at the end (I had to go back for mine!!). Apart from the few organisation issues, a great race. Thanks Glouc AC. Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: Perfect marathon training - the marshalls made it! In full: My first 20 miler for my first marathon so it acheived what I needed. Some people complained about not finding the start, but as long as you parked in the park n ride as per instructions and followed the crowds, it was fine - although I admit there wasn't any signs to the start and from the finish. Once out of the industrial estate, the course was really pretty. As one of the girls at the back, can I say a massive thanks to the marshalls as you were absolutely fantastic - full of encouragement and cheering us through. And also to the St John's Ambulance on bikes who came and chatted with us on the way round and checked we were ok at regular points. I know I was running it as a slow training run rather than a race, but I was surprised to be running most of the race at the back; it's a fast club race. After the posts on last years race I wasn't really looking forward to this, but I did - well done Gloucester AC. Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: Not up to the usual standard of the Gloucester 20 In full: Organisation seemed a bit muddled compared to previous years. OH and I received two numbers with no indication of which was which, the distance from the car park / start to the Race HQ meant that most people didn't bother going. Couldn't hear the start and with no clock at the finish line am still not sure how long I took. Finish was very flat [in terms of atmosphere] - I even missed getting my mug as there was nobody handing them out or at least directing you to where they were. Previous years have had chip timing and I must confess to hating the three lap format, I always used to find that two was one too many -although I can see the convenience from the point of view of water stops etc. Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: Some organisational problems but generally a good race. In full: Wasn't very impressed with the organisation at the start and finish but once on the course it wasn't too bad. Surprisingly quick despite the 3 small hills. Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: Great timing for marathon training.....quick course to build your confidence In full: Helpful marshals. Flat course with a couple of easy hills to provide a bit of a test. 3 laps (first for me but perhaps shows my inexperience at these events!) provided structure to a quick and scenic course. If you are doing a marathon in the next couple of months for the first time like me, it will help you get a feel for the distance and make you go faster than you ever would on a training run. I was glad to have the opportunity to participate in this race. Thanks Glos for putting this event on. Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: Badly orgainsed with over complicated starting/parking instructions In full: The starting details were over complicated with 2 different start points. We waited in the Severndale Sports Centre wondering where everybody was and then had to nearly sprint to the Park ' N 'Ride. OK so it was in the instructions but, even so, there should have been an announcement at the school reminding everyone to make their way to the start. When we did make our way, we had no idea of where we were going.It was a pure fluke that we found it. Not the ideal start to such a distance! And what an anti climax at the finish. Why oh why can't they start and finish at the same place?? Whilst I wasn't expecting a fanfare, a 'well done' would have been nice at the end!And surely they could have reached to a Mars Bar. All in all, poorly organised for such a demanding distance. I will find a different pre-marathon warm up run next year. Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: Great marshals, mostly scenic and fast course, with good weather helping to make it a great run. In full: A big thank you to all the marshals; they had to rate as the friendliest I've ever experienced at a race. The start and finish in the industrial estate wasn't the best but the rest of the course was very scenic, which was just as well as there was a 3 lap section. The course was pretty quick with just a couple of fairly small hills on the loop. A mug for a race momento would not be my choice, but all in all a very enjoyable race. Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: Well supported and marshalled 20m race - excellent prep for a Spring Marathon In full: Liked the new course, but some might find doing 3 laps (and the same bumpy bits, x3) a little repetetive. Any way the (disparate and dispersed) start, finish, parking and race HQ areas can't also be brought closer together ? Having raced 20 miles, something to go with the cup of water at the finish would also have been appeciated (a bannana ?) before jogging back to the car park. I'd have died (and payed money !) for a cuppa tea before driving home. Maybe next year ? Someone mentioned cakes - where were these ?! Otherwise, excellent organisation, nice mug, very well supported race, marshalled and lots of friendly people dishing out water on the course. Thanks Gloucester AC + chums. A great club and a great race... Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: A great way to get those 20 miles done! In full: A very enjoyable jaunt around the lanes of Gloucester. Yes, the weather helped with brilliant sunshine, but the marshalls and spectators were also brilliant with plenty of encouragement and well placed and adequate water stations which made the three lap course fly by. A couple of uphills also kept you on the ball and some dodgy potholes on a couple of sections needed concentration. Well done Gloucester AC for a great race just perfect for Spring marathon training. Date of review: March 7, 2010