In short: Well organised, traffic free and friendly In full: A testing gem of a course especially as it's traffic free. Marshalls and organisation great with really good support as you come in to the finish. One year we'll get typical summer weather (cold and wet) and that will make it perfect. Date of review: July 3, 2006
In short: Very well organised In full: Excellent organisation. Extra water station due to the very hot weather was a blessing. Course was a bit narrow and there was some confusion with slower runners (like me) getting in the way of the faster runners as they were being lapped. Nice medal and nice spot prize. Overall, an excellent day out. Date of review: July 3, 2006
In short: HOT! In full: It was amazingly hot and sticky, which slowed some of us down anyway, there were more water stations added to compensate for the weather, but Iguess it would never seem enough!I have to say I think there was a lot more hills than stipulated on the race plan, and as a first time race it was tough! But yes, I would do it again, though I'd pray for cooler weather! Date of review: July 2, 2006
In short: Plenty of water stations, traffic-free In full: Overall, very good. The start seemed a bit far away from where everything was going on, but adequate signs. Km markers highly visible, and good marshalling. Extra water station put on due to the hot weather, which was a nice touch. Friendly supportive locals with bottles of water and there was a very welcome bucket of water and sponge just when it was needed! Marshalls were also giving out bottled water, another nice touch! The hot weather and the hills (the last one in particular), were quite a challenge, making times slower than expected. Nice atmosphere, good support especially at the finish. Date of review: July 2, 2006
In short: A great race In full: Good points: Atmosphere, location (started and finished in park), beat my PB, nice shiny medal (nice touch with having the back engraved), abundance of water stations (although this was due to circuits during the run), a true undulating course, I particularly liked the final KM being downhill and ran through the park.
Bad Points: Toilets weren't great (I suspect that they were used more as part of the fete rather than specially placed for the race), drinking water at the water stations had a funny chlorine taster to them (my second cup tasted as though the water had been collected from the local swimming pool), the course was narrow in places and seeind as we were being overtaken during the circuit part of the race by the lead runners there was a chance of confusion and people getting in the way. A nasty hill at 7-8K ... but I loved every minute of running up it.
Overall - I really really enjoyed this race. Partly because of breaking my PB and generally I was happy with the way I ran, but also this was one of those races which larger race organisers should look at as a mark of good practice and learn valuable lessons. Date of review: July 3, 2005