In short: Excellent fast course and great support! In full: I started in the sub 45 pen and had little trouble with congestion, just a few runners darting across for position. The wind out by the Great Ouse made that the slowest Km. In town the crowds were fantastic and hearing my club name shouted gave me a lift. I can't understand the problem with passing the finish with 2k to go. I was spurred on, knowing it was time to get ready for the kick and I passed loads of runners in that last 2k. This was the shortest distance I have ever raced and it was a good effort to come in sub-45. So I am pleased Date of review: May 16, 2007
In short: Excellent fast course, good organisation In full: Really enjoyable run, flat course, great to run through the town centre and all that support for so much of the course. Really can't understand all the comments about congestion etc. For a run with a medium sized field & town centre start, there was no congestion, I cant say that anyone held me up from the moment I crossed the line. Well done to the organisers, a nice event with good support and a fast course. I guess this race will become much more popular as it is established, so recommend booking early next year. I will. Date of review: May 12, 2007
In short: Better course this year, more support. Well done. In full: The revised course was better than last year's, and going out along the river was a challenge (into a stiff breeze). The event had grown as well with more stalls etc and a better atmosphere. Well done everyone involved. Date of review: May 11, 2007
In short: Good for those at front - frustrating for the faster laggards In full: Easy to concentrate on good points ... the below-expectations were: 1) Incredible conjestion over first 2 and last 2 kilometres - cost me around 2 minutes
2)Chip-timimg wildly inaccurate. Glad I wore a watch. I thought chips were very accurate - what went wrong?
3) Confusion after finishing - where were the drinks, which way to collect goody bag and medal ...
4)Results would have been useful indicating age categories of runners and age-category results.
I'd go again but would start nearer the front and do my own timing. Date of review: May 9, 2007
In short: Well Organised, crowded start, excellent medal In full: A well organised race. The start was rather congested and probably cost me and many others a pb. Frustrated by people walking BEFORE 1km mark and being unable to pass them because of weight of numbers in the narrow streets. Could have done with more starting pens to try and avoid this in the future? The wind by the river was quite strong. Excellent crowd support, kept me going during difficult parts of the course. Bit mean to make the runners go past the finish to do another 8km, but at least you knew there wasn't very far left to do! The best medal I have received so far and a nice t-shirt. Very friendly race,being a municipal run event not as snobby or elitist as previous club organised 10k's I have done.( I am an unaffliated runner) One to revisit, if only to avenge my defeat at going sub 60mins and just off a pb as well! Date of review: May 9, 2007
In short: Great race-Good course, Friendly atmosphere, good marshalls and quite well organised In full: I didn't find the start too bad or congested, and it was possible to get up front if you were looking for a fast race.The start seemed to run smoothly and had no major problems.I thought the course was very good, and enjoyed the changes in direction and running through the high street.The support was good too. One gripe is that the final water station should have been closer to the finish, and before the goody bags.It was quite confusing as to where to go.Good race, will do it next year. Date of review: May 9, 2007
In short: Very enjoyable race. Well organised but unfortunately congested In full: I enjoyed this race, having completed it last year too it was good to see a number of improvements. The Tuesday market place was a great place to start and finish in and the course was a good mixture of town centre running, urban areas, parks and river bank. Goody bag at the end was very nice too, an excellent medal and reasonable t-shirt as well as a nice bar of fudge. Good to see plenty of water stations too - there was certainly no excuse to go thirsty during the run. There was an excellent crowd turnout and a nice buzz around the market place at the end.
The start needed better organisation - it wasn't clear where to line up with several queues all merging into one. The course was very congested for the first few Km which put pay to any PB chances for me. I also found the last few Km very congested, once we returned to the shopping centre - I got stuck behind a group of women running three abreast who would not move over. It was great to run through the shopping centre and a great atmosphere, but perhaps a wider start might allow a natural spreading out of runners over the first few Km. I was suprised to see the "chip time" on the results web site was over one minute faster than my stopwatch. Now as I much as I'd have loved to have completed it quicker, I have to question the accuracy of the chip timing. Perhaps this was just me.