In short: Good for speed training In full: Well worth the visit if you want to test your speedwork in training. Good PB potential asit is flat. Start has to be improved and sign posted. Shambles as the road was far to narrow for all those runners and proved a problem for those who were pushed over in the first few seconds Date of review: February 1, 2009
In short: Flat with long straights - good for PBs if wind is not too strong. In full: The start is in a residential road and is too congested for 1000+ runners - get a good spot and keep your wits about you if you want to stay on your feet. Date of review: February 1, 2009
In short: A nice race to run in which produced a PB time for me. In full: The route was nice and flat with marshals present (although some a little quiet!) to guide the way. Mile markers were clearly visible and this assisted me in pacing myself for my PB. Spectators provided much needed support and encouragement. Would definitely take part again next year. Date of review: February 1, 2009
In short: A good fast race to start the year In full: I see that one or two people are claiming the course was long on their GPS's. In a course measurement article published last year- it was found that Gps results had an inaccuracy of between 0.08 and 2.2 %. The main reason that the average GPS can't be trusted is that the "blue line" shortest route is hardly ever followed by us mere mortal runners.--(I do use a Gps and have never got it to exactly the distance) Overall a good race. Date of review: February 1, 2009
In short: Pretty average all in all. In full: As other people have commented it was a disorganised start, with many runners not knowing where the start line was and then being pushed to one side minutes before the start in order to let some cars through.
I registered on-line a few weeks before the race but was still given a handwritten number - which was a bit disappointing as I keep them as mementos. The t-shirt was ok, if you like one-size-fits-all-as-long-as-you-are-huge t-shirts. I would personally prefer a medal or something similar though.
The pre-race could do with some refinements. I imagine the registration desks, toilets and changing are ok to find once you know from previous years where they are. But if you don't then expect to wander around a huge leisure centre for some time trying to find them.
The course itself was ok, nothing special in the way of scenery. Some parts of the course are on roads with both traffic and parked cars.
Parking was good, here seemed to be plenty of parking available across the road form the leisure centre on the Uni campus. Date of review: February 1, 2009