In short: A Must Do 10k race In full: You dont get many bigger fields for a 10k race unless you pay silly money for a "Premium" event. A cracking course, clockwork organisation, great atmosphere and good chance of a PB are enough to make this a excellent value and a Must Do race.
The two motorway bridges provide a real sting in the tail towards the end of an otherwise flat course, and the long finish straight lined with spectators encourages most runners into an exctiting sprint finish!
I always prefer a medal after a race, but even I have to admit to being pretty chuffed with the embroidered commemorative towel! This race isnt hugely popular without good reason.
In short: A good, fast course, shame i had too many beers the day before!1 In full: Definate PB potential but i didn't exactly prepare the best way! Only complaint would be the lack of portaloos, and the awkward security guards in the adjacent shopping centre stopping runners from using the toilets there. Date of review: August 26, 2008
In short: A flat fast course In full: not very scenic, as it is mainly main roads and shopping areas, but it is flat and the promise of a fast time is there. Unusual memento adds to the occasion to. Date of review: August 25, 2008
In short: Great all round club race In full: I actually got a PW (personal worst!) as I'm out of practice but that didn't spoil it at all. Lots of club runners but plenty of people at the back with slowcoaches like me as well, and every I met was very friendly. Marshalls were the best I've ever experienced in a race - pointed out the route, stopped traffic at roundabouts and very encouraging. Chip timing good, towel and flowers lovely touch. As others have mentioned could do with a few more portaloos though. Date of review: August 20, 2008
In short: A well-organised race on an interesting course In full: This race has enough variety for to suit runners of all abilities. The three M-way bridges in the second half are testing if you attack them but overall it's a fast course that will yield PBs. Date of review: August 19, 2008