In short: Enjoyable race with great views, a couple of tough hills and a joyous last couple of miles In full: Beautiful course with some stunning views. Nasty hill from the start but it is a joy to finish the race speeding down the same hill! Pretty well organised overall, especially for the inaugral race, and the marshals throughout the course were friendly and encouraging. Nice t shirt at the end although the goody bag wasn't up to much. Overall a really enjoyable race - thanks to the organisers, marshals and Denbies. Date of review: April 13, 2010
In short: Glorious day, gorgeous scenery great race In full: Will be doing this race again. Fairly organised - could have done with megaphone at start as could not hear announcements or start gun. Challenging climb up above the vinyard with teh reward of a gorgeous view down and accross to box hill. Undulating terain keeps you on your toes with some steep down hill sections. The final climb back up above teh vinyard is tough - zigzagging up the grassy hillside. Then final 2 miles down hill to the finish, to collect useful momento - tecnical T-shirt (though they had run out of goody bags by the time i finish which was slightly disappointing). Overall great race. Date of review: April 13, 2010
In short: Good day and good for first timers In full: Very friendly and good atmosphere,no directions to start and couldn`t hear the instructions before the start and I was only 10 feet away. kilometer markers would be good. Poor goodies bag and what happened to the medals, seemed only the 2K fun runners got them and the quality of the T shirts varied on the size you needed. Date of review: April 12, 2010
In short: Nice scenery, challenging race, good marshalling In full: A nice area to run and the first time i've been in the area. Will be back! It was the 1st time as a 10 miles race. Well Marshalled and quite good organisation, although agree with comments about lack of signs to start and loos by the start, which had no queues! Good to have them, but with signs, this could have reduced queues inside and reduced the frustration to some! Medal was advertised, but a nice, decent fitting t-shirt was welcome as a prize. However, i do agree with other comments that the 'goodie' bag was pointless as it was just full of leaflets that went straight to recycling. This is a sore point for a lot of participants at various events, as it would be better and certainly encourage more participants if the entry fee of some events was reduced and a medal or other useful mementoe was given for finishing.
The course was a delight as it had plenty of off-road sections with a tough climb to start and a couple of smaller ascents during the race and some good descents. Signage and marshalling were very good. I was somewhat dismayed by the amount of 'road' that we had to run on as i had assumed from the pre-race advertising that it was almost entirely off-road. In fact, this was probably about only 60% of the route. It could potentially be a key feature on race calendars if some of the 'minor' issues are addressed in a positive manner. This is not a criticism, just constructive feedback that will hopefully help the organisers improve the race for the future. It would be shame if it didn't continue as i'd like to return.
Many thanks to all the organisers, marshalls and helpers. Date of review: April 12, 2010
In short: Up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down! In full: My first running event. The 5km course was entirely in the vineyard so was pretty and interesting. Pretty much running either up or downhill all the time. Good mix of competitors from speedy running club types to famillies with kids and some first-timers. Marshalls were helpful and supportive. Facilities before and after the race in vineyard visitor centre were excellent - cafe, shop, nearly enough toilets! Date of review: April 12, 2010
In short: A spectators view In full: Due to recent injury i was unable to run the 10 mile, the organisers were good enough to put me into the 5k but unfortunately still wasn't strong enough to do that so i supported my wife around the course.
As i drove around and met her at various points and also as she was one of the last to finish I can hopefully add a little to the comments below and some constructive advice.
A bit confusing having reviews for the new 10 mile, 5k and old 10k in same rating - Hopefully RW can sort that one out?
Having the old 10k reviews and links to the old 10k still up on both RW and the organisers site when we entered earlier this year had led us to believe it was a 10k but never mind we had paid the entry fee and enjoy the area, just wish we had known a bit sooner.
It would have been a good idea to have signage advising that there were some toilets at the start - and a few more of them. I noticed a lot of people turning up late for the 5k start.
Oh and a sign to the start - as those turning up late or stuck in the toilets in Denbies had no idea where the start was and most of the marshals had already left the reception area.
5K event - This did seem as though it was a last minute thought, no route published in advance and from what i saw at the start a little chaotic. Hopefully next year the organisers will have had the time to plan this one better. Providing a route in advance might also encourage more to take part.
Overall i would say the event was well organised, road crossing manned well and the marshals supportive however it would have been good to have had one at the gate leading into the hill up to the Ranmore Common car park. So many weary runners at the back were struggling at this point and a cheery person opening the gate with a bit of encouragement would have spurred them up the final hill. As i had a longish wait for the wife i ended up holding the gate open for a few runners and they seemed very appreciative.
Distance - Maybe just shy of 10 miles but as with most cross country events that is down to the route you take and also GPS connectivity in woods that could shorten the distance. My wife and the lady behind her both had Garmin's and both had a different distance. It was probably close enough to 10 miles.
Medal. This was a shame, definitely advertised and after such an effort a medal would have been a nice keepsake, given the location a nicely designed medal would have gone down well.
Water at the finish. There was definitely water when my wife finished ( close to last ) a bit out of the way and perhaps not obvious if you were tired crossing the line. Perhaps this should have been next to the people giving out T Shirts - just after where the person giving out the medals should have been/
Couldn't do it this year but it is already pencilled in for next and hopefully the organisers will have taken most of the comments on board and this could turn into one of the highlights of the local running calandar.