In short: Nice run, but the route does have problems In full: I don't want to be too critical because it is a nice friendly atmosphere and it was for a good local cause. BUT, within roughly 400m of the start there is a bottleneck where it starts to go on the trail, and the trail then is very narrow. There are approx 4 bottlenecks or steps to go through/over, so a PB is unlikely. The water stations were not properly run. When I went past the first one, there were just 2 people frantically pouring water into plastic cups. As they were only filling them up between 1/3 and 1/2 I saw people running off with 2 or 3 cups at a time. I know that the later runners did not get to have any water at either station. If it was due to lack of cups, then runners at the front, please spare a thought for the runners coming behind you. I know you think you need the water more as you are running faster, but it is only a 10K and maybe the slower, more inexperienced runners need it more.
FInal gripe now. I know it is not just this run that has done it, and I know it will not be the last, but, if you advertise to give certain incentives to run, like a trophy and goody bag, please do you best to supply them.
All that said, I will be back next year. Date of review: September 29, 2005
In short: Scenic, but too many bottlenecks and narrow course In full: Difficult to pass slower runners as the course quite narrow in places. Would be very muddy in wet weather, but quite scenic. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: As always very friendly and organised In full: Early morning rain cleared up to sunshine. Nice route along the river, over bridges and stiles which makes a nice change from roads. Gentleman doing the commentary his usual entertaining self. Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: Scenic and nice flat route. In full: 2 Water stations over the 10k and one at finish. Could have been more toilets, friendly and a good atmosphere, see you next year! Date of review: September 25, 2005