In short: An above average race. Very well marshalled, good going guys! In full: Was good to see that several of last years comments were taken into consideration. Although toilets still an issue, one of the two cubiles was out of order. 400ish blokes, one cubicle and 3 urinals? Ended up suprising some poor lady mid-pee at the start! Long walk to start, but worthwhile for the scenery. Didn't get a PB myself but I know several who did (helped by PERFECT weather) so thumbs up on that front. Very well marshalled by cheery and encouraging people, thank you guys. Date of review: September 24, 2006
In short: My first event - now I'm spoiled. A stimulating run in great weather through a beautiful park. The hill (x 2) was a great challenge and punctuated the run just nicely. Date of review: September 28, 2005
In short: As my 1st Race I realy enjoyed it In full: I know what the others mean about the lack of toilets, I got a severe case of beginners nerves just before the start and after queing had to run like mad to get to the start in time. I would like to thank sue 'whoever you are' for panting down my neck thus keeping me running flat out for the last 3 or 4 k's. I should be able to walk again very soon! see you all next year and i'm bringing my own portaloo. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Very enjoyable Sunday run.A little far from car park to start but course made up for it.Two laps of hill section good idea as top runners lapping you gives added inspiration!!!!! Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Lovely setting- good course. In full: Didnt mind the walk to the start. Liked the earlier start time this year. Would have liked some warning the race was about to start. A drink station would have been nice at the top of the hill- having run this one last year, I learnt and took my own. Memento unusually useful! Friendly encouraging marshalls. Overall, despite the few minor moans, a pleasing event Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: How far to the start line??? In full: I got there with half an hour to spare, and joined the (extremely long) queue for the ladies. 20 mins before the race, someone came round shouting that it was a 15min walk to the start!! Being desperate, I nipped into a hedge and got stung by stinging nettles, and approached by a number of surprised chaps also hoping for a pee. People peeling off in every direction looking for bushes!! Otherwise fab race, hill not too scary .. but a Cirencester Athletics diary as a finisher's prize??? Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: A enjoyable 10K through a scenic park In full: If you liked the Princes Trust 10K, Westonbirt 10K or Longleat 10K then this race seams to have all of these in one race. Its a really nice experience run through woods and open land on good paths and tracks, and with the good atmosphere from both the organisers and crowds and the downhill finish which made for a quick last kilometre.
Luckily I did not have to sample the queue for the toilets nor do I normally take water from water stations in 10K’s so these two obvious problems did not affect my experience of this race.
The only problem I experienced is a long walk back to the car from the start, made even longer by walking the wrong way from the finishing line, some signs would not go amiss. If the weather was any colder or if it had been raining then the walk back would have detracted from my race experience.
In short: Good, interesting course - some organisational problems. In full: There are a number of recurring comments that I agree with: - nice scenery to run through - could have done with some warning before the gun as people were generally caught by surprise. - hill was over-rated (but then caught me out on the second lap as I faded massively on the flat!). - my biggest gripe would have to be with the toilet facilities - there was a massive queue for the gents minutes before the start. More toilets are required for such a large field of runners.
The battery ran out on my watch, so I didn't get my time, so it's really good to see that the results are up on the web the next day (even if one of my club mates appears to be missing from the list!).
Overall, I found it an enjoyable event (which I would say, following a PB!!) - marshalling and course marking very good. The memento was certainly original (though I'd still have prefered a t-shirt).