In full: The start was very overcrowded, we had to make our way through the barriers to get onto the road, and then spent the first km trying to pass the congestion of slower runners. Uphill final stretch on cobbles was a bit mean, but very picturesque. Was difficult to see where the finish actually was till you were nearly there - maybe a 500m marker would be a good idea? Runners World advertised a free T-shirt - did anyone get one? Also would've been good to have an energy bar in the goodie bag. Usual gripe about not enough loos but i haven't been to a 10k race yet where there has been. Depite these minor gripes, overall a good race with fantastic crowd support throughout the entire route - will be back next year. Date of review: March 22, 2010
In short: Good flat course but very poorly organised start. In full: This race, on a flat and fast course which should have been good for PBs, had high potential but was let down by a badly organised start.
There was an elite pen at the start but it would appear that unless you stated that you were going to do under 40mins (a feat which only 161 of the 4,207 entrants actually achieved!) you would not get one of the yellow number bibs necessary to get in! The rest of us had to fight to get into the very over-crowed start area. This was subdivided by boards stating â€˜Under 50minsâ€™, â€˜60minsâ€™ etc. However there were clearly people severely kidding themselves and standing too near the front. As a result I, and many others, had to spend the first mile running round fancy dress clad fun runners and fat ladies in lycra before finally being able to settle into race pace.
Organisers please next time why not have a number of pens and associated bib colours related to anticipated finish time and allocate runners accordingly, as they do at some of the major marathons. This would help the flow of runners at the start and help them to achieve their true potential. Fortunately as it was I still managed a 41min 44sec run but had it not been for the start I could have done so much better.
The start aside the course was fast and the support from the crowds good. The finish was well-organised, the medal very nice, but the goody bag disappointing.
In short: A change of route with excellent results - It seems almost everyone was quicker! Excellent day! In full: After running over Bailgate cobbles for a few years, this slight alteration in route worked out really well. After a couple of corners I felt like I was halfway round! Excellent support from the locals who lined the streets in the sunshine (all the way round) and a reorganised finish area made this an excellent 'home' city run. Loved it. Date of review: March 22, 2010
In short: Like running in a crowded herd of antelope, but fun all the same! In full: It seems this race has grown beyond its capacity. It was a great atmosphere with all sorts of runners and excellent crowds, but at times it felt chaotic bordering on dangerous.
For example, at the start people were having to climb over or move the safety barriers to get behind the line and into the funnel. There was a bit of a mad rush as the starting pistol went that could have turned nasty.
Similarly at the end it was very busy and there was potential for a crush / injury as people funneled out of the castle walls.
The only other issue was there was no-shirt despite the ad saying there would be. Not major but noted.
I don't want to be overly negative though as this is by and large a fantastic racing event - and the crowds are testament to its success. It perhaps just needs a cap on entries or organising differently to accomodate the number of runners. Date of review: March 22, 2010
In short: fab event for all runners In full: A couple of years ago I had a go about this even so its only fair that I do my rating again. 2010 was a fantastic event, any problems folk had in the past have been sorted. The atmosphere was brilliant, even the weather was perfect. My family enjoyed the big screen in the Lawns complex and saw me finish. And it was great that once they saw me off at the start, as they walked down towards the finish that they saw the race come past them again. Crowds were amazing. Well done to all involved in the organisation. Date of review: March 22, 2010