In short: Excellent tinged with disappointment In full: Altogether well organised again, good number of spectators cheering us on, but I am extremely disappointed in it only being gun to chip time unlike last year. Date of review: June 12, 2008
In short: Chip timing? I think not! In full: a good route, more starting pens would have been better, very congested at times. Last year there was 2 water stations and I think this year it would have been a good idea, and at the finish took a good 5 mins to get water. Chip timing non existent. Date of review: May 19, 2008
In short: 1st ever 10k. Maybe this 'Chip' was the name of the bloke sat at the finish line with a wrist watch for the timing?!!! In full: Really enjoyed this race as it was my 1st ever 10k, but dissapointed with the organisation. As others have said start pens were only upto 45min and the start was very congested. 'Chip' timing was a joke. Support around the course was amazing. I personally found the water at the end difficult to find. It was a hot day and i really needed something, took me about 3 or 4 minutes to get some water and on such a day that was a bit naughty. Date of review: May 15, 2008
In short: A huge catalogue of organisational blunders In full: 1) Starting the wheelchair race without realising that they would reach the back end of the queue of runners waiting to start their race. 2) The announcer stating that your time would be calculated from when you crossed the start line but the official times being taken from the gun and not corrected. 3) The finishing area for runners being too small and too close to the supporters. 4) Receiving a medium T-shirt in the goody bag despite pre-registering and being handed a bag from the extra large box. 5) Issuing chips for timing and then not using them to record when you crossed the start line. 6) No starting pens beyond 45 minutes!! and thus 1500 slower runners were left in one big mass. 7) The narrow streets at the start and mixed up start causing major congestion in the opening 2km.
The only good points were the enthusiastic marshalls, a large crowd of supporters and the medal.
In short: good enough for ron hill, good enough for me! In full: Great race, good marshalls. The portaloos were new and clean! However, the finish area was torture! I finished at the busiest time and had to queue for what seemed like an eternity before I could get a drink. They had one person handing medals to 200 people. Killed my post race high to be honest. Date of review: May 10, 2008
In short: A good race spoiled by timing issues In full: Did this race last year and enjoyed it so returned. The course is narrow and gets quite congested so not good for PBs when you get trapped behind walkers in the wrong place in the starting line up. They could do with extra starting pens for 50 mins and sub 60 to try and ease some of the problems.
My main issue though is with the timing. I have been informed the times are gun to tape and in my case 1 minute has been added to my time because of time taken to cross the starting line. This is unacceptable in a race of this size especially as last year they did provide start-finish chip timings. Date of review: May 9, 2008
In short: Very enjoyable, just how a race should be In full: Great all round, chip timing, medal and t-shirt, great atmosphere, good course, ticks all the right box's. Improvements ? a little more water at the end or easier to get to, perhaps a bottle in the bag. Date of review: May 5, 2008
In short: Well organised race.. but..... In full: Good race as always but need to sort the chip timing out. My timing was out by nearly a minute and a half but I think this was down to it being gun to chip timing unlike the previous two years.
Weather was good as well :-) Date of review: May 5, 2008