In short: Scenic course In full: Having closed roads was really good and the new finish was good, but it would have been better with drinks at the finish, not in the HQ. I was missed off the provisional results, which meant I didn't have my name in AW and this result wasn't listed on Athletics Data. Organisers should seriously consider chip timing next year as there were other mistakes in the provisional results. Date of review: January 18, 2009
In short: A good end to the year - 10k but ?? In full: This starts of a good event good location traffic free and plenty of runners, with good organisation and instructions given via loud speaker,however you can collect your tee shirt at the start prob to save time later.The start is 1k up the road a good warm up distance,start is tight and running is difficult with slower runners , could line up in predicted time zones for ease of start, the km markers are good and the course is not demanding.Marshals are good but did not offer much support ,during the race i noticed that people that are late for registration or late joined the race at the 1k, chip timing would eliminate this , i commented to an organiser after the race and he agreed it was a problem they could not control.At the finish line you expect a warm welcome and a well deserved h2o ,as there is non given out during the race, but your just told to keep moving and to step aside, the instructions stated water would be at the end of the race, but it was in the sports centre a good 300m walk back down the road and nobody told me at the end of the race i just found out by accident.But overall a good quality fun race ,good organisation lack a personal touch, not my best race this year. Date of review: January 1, 2009
In short: Mega-friendly, superbly organised and scenic. Even the weather was great In full: My first time in this event but definitely not the last. The most friendly marshals you will find anywhere, brilliantly organised and a beautiful course. The perfect post-Christmas tonic. Date of review: December 29, 2008
In short: Fantastic end of year 10k In full: The area which the race was run in was really picturesque.The course had a few quite insignificant inclines but mostly long flat and slightly downhill sections.The organization was great and it makes my top 3 10ks of all time for me. Date of review: December 28, 2008
In short: well done to Blackburn Harriers for arranging this race In full: A credit to Blackburn harriers for all the hard work which has gone into arranging this race. No problems or no moans for no one.A good day out and a good race.Crowd were brill. Date of review: December 28, 2008
In short: Great organisation and beautiful scenery made for a great 10k In full: As I didn't do this race last year I can't comment on the negative aspects that people reported (e.g. muddy finish, lack of water, not enough loos etc). But the organisers listened and a lot of work has obviously gone in to this year's event.
The first thing to highlight is the scenery - in the winter sunshine it looked great with the hills of the Ribble Valley forming a perfect backdrop. The organisation for a 10k of this size was spot-on too, with portaloos laid on at the leisure centre registration location and more water than a mineral water spring at the finish.
Throw in an Olympian (Helen Clitheroe) as the women's winner and Ron Hill presenting the prizes and you've got a must-enter 10k.
I'll be back next year! Date of review: December 28, 2008
In short: Outstanding In full: After the difficulties last year with "Men in suits" making demands on the organisers, it would have been easy to say "Stuff this". But the organisers excelled. The road closure was a big help (though the open roads never caused me any problems previously). Well done and thanks to all concerned Date of review: December 28, 2008
In short: Great race with a mixed field. In full: First, thanks to all involved in the organisation. Well organised race, traffic free and pretty fast, despite the 'undulations'. There is something for everyone here! Date of review: December 28, 2008