In short: Great Race. In full: the parking was where it was advertised ... 10 minute walk. The number of people there was advertised .... lots (a sell out popular event) timing done by chip which had to be collected on the day .... so if you are going to turn up with just half an hour to spare - go figure you might be late! that is no one's fault but your own. They announced that people should make their way to the start and hardly anyone did. not sure what else people are expecting an organiser to do? anyway rant over. I enjoyed this race. It is my first race on my own and i really enjoyed it. There are a LOT of very serious runners which was a little intimidating but I'm sure that is what enabled me to do a PB. Everyone was very very polite when overtaking me lol! I will definitely be back next year. Date of review: February 4, 2013
In short: Good country road run, nice route. In full: Local race for me, lovely scenery although a little less inspiring than usual due to recent weather. Nice picturesque route if the sun is shining and the wildlife hasn't been half drowned and frozen in the weeks before hand!
I can't relate to the comments about organisation, I thought the joining instructions and further direction about parking etc were very clear. I can only think that some people didn't give themselves enough time to get ready and get to the start.
See you next year when it will hopefully be a bit warmer! Date of review: February 4, 2013
In short: Brilliant race with nice country roads, excellent marshalls In full: Due to bad weather there was no parking on site but everyone was informed well before the event and the organisers managed to secure free parking for everyone, fairly close to the venue.
All marshalls were very friendly and supportive, even though they must have been freezing cold!
Great medal and I even got a PB... oh and a Kitkat at the finish! :) Date of review: February 4, 2013
In short: Brillant race In full: No idea why people are moaning about this race. Yes the car park was 10 mins away but better than nothing considering they had to change the parking due to the weather. Our supports were freezing and the crammed hall could not accommodate everyone, so perhaps an overflow where kids etc can stay warm. Great marshals and supporters the best I have very come across. Date of review: February 4, 2013
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