In short: Apple and medal,what apple and medal? In full: Didn't expect much for a tenner and this one lived up to expectation's.Marshall's looked bored,four laps boring,got my t-shirt at the beginning but didn't relise it was for last year. Didn't get handed a medal or apple at the finish and by the time I was in the car and saw someone with one around there neck couldn't be bothered to go back. All in all average,see you next year to collect this year's t-shirt! Date of review: January 16, 2011
In short: Bit of a poor show. Route distance wasn't accurante. Lame medal. No real goodies. In full: OKAY! This was our first joint outing for the New Year. Venue parking good. Registration organised okay. T-shirts handed out before the race! Pins supplied (good). I appreciate that the route was changed last minute, and this, I think, was the reason that the distance was 1/4 mile short. Start was a bit poor. Could have done with a load speaker. Atmosphere was dull. I'm not a fan of doing circuits, so the 4 laps of the park was mind-numbing, what with loads of kids on bikes, loose dogs, and random other visitors getting in the way. I was all made up as I was getting to the finish, as I was on for a good PB (the course is made for PB's), but was somewhat deflated when my Garmin told me we were short on distance.(Projeced time would have still been a PB). The medal was a bit lame (no date) and my two other mates got a generic medal with no venue on it! Goddies was the T-shirt, and a piece of fruit, Oh and the pins! I don't think I'll be doing this one again. Still I got a PB! Thanks to the organisers, marshals, medics and that very keen fan by the railings at the bottom of the park who cheered EVERYONE on. Date of review: January 16, 2011
In short: Easy to cheat... In full: ..but you'd only be cheating yourself.
With multiple-circuits of the main park and laps-and-a-bit of the althletics track (both at the start and the finish) it was easy to cheat and to genuinely get a little confused. Running through a full car park at the end wasn't best use of the course either. The atmosphere was very much like the course - flat. It is however a good, easy going run to get the blood flowing again early in the season and for that reason alone I may return next year. Date of review: January 16, 2011
In short: Four laps of a municipal park In full: £10 was rather expensive for what they offered. And while it might have made some economic sense to give out the left over t-shirts advertising last year's runs, it created a very poor impression.
Losing the medals was also a poor do. And then when they found them, it was a generic company medal, with no date on it.
I wasn't impressed. There wasn't the pride of local club do, or the normal charm of a low key local event, or the feel good factor of a charity event, or the excitement of a big run. This was the sort of run you do yourself each week for training. Well, to be honest, I select better routes than this - I wouldn't normally chose to run four laps around a dull playing field.
However, as my running partner said in the pub afterwards. We did enjoy it. It fitted in with our running schedule, and if there's nothing else around on this date next year, we might well do it again.