In short: Great race - definitely coming back In full: Surprised to see so many poor reviews. I think this race was well organised, and thoroughly enjoyed it. My only (very minor) disappointment was starting a little late. Great course, and friendly supportive marshalls. Parking was a 10 minute walk, but this was advertised beforehand, and no big problem. Nice medal at the end, and goodies left for the slower runners! Date of review: February 4, 2013
In short: A model 10K In full: A great race. Pretty well organised. A bit congested in places but once you got going and the field spread out it was really enjoyable. Good medal, lots of different snack options at the end. I think add a race T shirt and you would have the complete package. If you run a club and are thinking of setting up a 10k have a look at how this event is run. Date of review: February 4, 2013
In short: Great race, shame about the start... In full: Overall this is a really good race, but the start let it down a little.
Pros - Nice, flat course (except for that climb at 7km) so definite PB potential. Indeed you get a 'free' hill as you have to walk up one to get to the start. - Well supported. - Good selection of goodies at the end (Kit Kat, chocolate wafer, Jaffa cake, water). - Nice clubhouse with bar and food afterwards.
Cons - The start was a bit of a disaster. Delay of 10 mins meant the pen system didn't work so the first 2kms were spent dodging round 3-a-breast runners in narrow lanes. - No clear signing on where to get timing chips from (I guessed it was where the long queue was and unfortuntely was correct).
In fairness to the organisers they did announce that runners should start making their way to the start at 1045, but the queues for the toilets and timing chips were too long for that to happen (and also people were still turning up).
However, I will still be back next year as I'm sure the organisers will get it right... Date of review: February 4, 2013
In short: Can we have chip times on the website results page please ? In full: Like many others I had to start about 4 mins after everyone else so my gun time is far from a real reflection of the effort I put in ! Date of review: February 3, 2013
In full: The Ashford and District 10k 2013 was an absolute joke!! It started 5 mins early so about 100 people missed the start including me. After literally barging through the field to finish 4th on chip times, they put the gun times on the results. The funny thing is this race is organised by a private company that are meant to experts at organising races. Date of review: February 3, 2013
In short: Great course, shame about the start In full: Directions to the car parks were good and there was plenty of parking - bit of a walk to the start though, but good for a warm-up! The race HQ was a bit manic and it wasn't clear where the chips were or where the bag drop was - however we found some helpful runners who pointed us in the right direction.
The race was late starting, and it was another walk to the start, which was on a narrow lane. We didn't even see the timing pens so were stuck at the back; when the race eventually did start it was tricky weaving through the slower runners while avoiding potholes and gutters. The usual frustrations of trying to get past groups running 3 abreast on a narrow lane soon appeared - a bit of consideration for your fellow runners would be appreciated, especially if you're not fast or taking it too seriously!
However it began to thin out after about 2km and you could relax into the run - which was mostly flat and downhill with 1 gentle and one slightly more taxing hill at 7km. The last 1.5km was downhill and you could see the finish from the road which spurred me on.
I managed a PB but my Garmin had only registered 9.92km, and I noticed that my provisional time on the Nice Work site was over a minute slower than I clocked - as was that of my running companions - what's happened there???
Finish was good, lovely medal but I totally missed the water and chocolate!
Thanks to all of the supporters and volunteers who must have surely been freezing. Date of review: February 3, 2013
In short: Poor organisation. In full: Arrived at the venue , poor direction to the parking, which was quite far away. 10-15 minute walk to venue. Venue poorly organised. No indication where to get timming chip, walked through busy club house with many others looking for chip timming only to find it on a muddy field. Long Q's.
Start was 10 minutes up the road. Race stared ten minutes late.
Route ok, nice views.
Finish on mud bath field!
Medal ok, no goodie bag.
Totally recked my £150 trainers!
Ok, but would not do again. Needs better organisation in future. Date of review: February 3, 2013
In short: Delayed start that wasn't delayed?... In full: Loved the race.
Though the complete mess up at the start was unforgiveable. Announcing a delayed start until 11:10, then letting the race go at 11:05 is beyond ridiculous. Missed the start by 2 full minutes which left me running past people for 20 minutes as politely as possible.
Lovely course, challenging yet fast, but almost ruined by that one silly announcement. Date of review: February 3, 2013