In short: Fabulous race, in a great setting. I'll be back next year. In full: I had no problems with the organisation or the goody bag (one of the best I have ever received). The scenery was great and the course (I did the 5k) a good balance, all in all a great race.
My only complaint is the slow runners, most with MP3 players who treated this as a Sunday stroll and refused to get out the way. A group of us followed one woman up the hill just after the 5k/10k split and despite calling and tapping her from behind she simply refused to look around or move. This probably made the difference for me coming 4th rather than 3rd in my age-group - gutting! Date of review: November 8, 2010
In short: Superb location but......and there are a few In full: I know it was the first running of this race so I do hope you take on board some of the comments via their feedback and those posted on the Runners Would web page 1 No Route map displayed before race 2 Start/Finish banner around the wrong way (surely they did not do it that way just for finish photo) Some people did run across the final part the wrong way because the saw 'Finish' and just headed for that 3 Lack of marshalls on the course. 4 Goody bag did not live up to what one was led to believe, I added up the parts and even including £4.30 for a out of date magazine I could not make it add up to £25. 5 No drinks station at finish, not everyone like the chocolate shake after a race 6 No age group prizes with that number of sponsors you must have been able to afford it 7 Race fee far to high for a 10k race I was only tempted by the course which had to be good in that location - 700 runners at £20 =£14000 nice little earner! As a race dirctor my self I do know what's involed WAS THIS JUST A MONEY MAKING EXERCISE ! (sorry about the pun) Date of review: October 22, 2010
In short: Cracking scenery and some killer hills! In full: Really enjoyed this event and would do it again. Only slight criticism was queuing for water halfway - need more staff on the water station. Also for the elite runners (of which I'm not one) there was a problem with the marking of the course which meant the fastest few went the wrong way and only completed 8km. Expect more arrows and marshals next time! Overall a really varied course that made the best of the available terrain and some great views to be enjoyed. Post race goodies were plentiful too. Date of review: October 20, 2010
In short: Great run In full: This is a great run and I thought it went well seeing as though this was the first time it took place. It was quite annoying not being able to get past people on the single track so I'd advise pushing to the front at the start if you want to get a good time. Also I prefer to recce a course prior to race day which wasn't an option as the route wasn't published. However I had a great time - even on Bison Hill. Will definitely be back again next year. Date of review: October 20, 2010
In short: A good first-time race for Blacks, which could be improved. In full: More marshalls, better signing, a course route before the race, and a bit more encouragement from some of the marshalls that were around the course, would all improve what actually wasn't a bad start. Some explanation would also be useful as to why the race entry fee was so uncompetitive compared to other events. And was the "goody bag" (a plexiglass jar) plus contents really worth £25, as the marketing blurb said? Date of review: October 18, 2010
In short: steps at bison hill were brutal In full: My first trail run and i loved it. I thought the organisation was fine given that it was the first time it had been held - I have been to much worse. Stunning scenery. The route seemed clear and the marshalls efficient to me - but that isn't good about the leading group so perhaps that marshall had an unforgiveable "moment". Ref a couple of gripes mentioned by others below; I saw the medics in an ambulance / SUV parked between tents and I don't think we were at any time that far from where they could get reasonable access; directions? once you know that you are going to the NT site on Dunstable Downs then I don't see how that could have been hard to find? My gripe would have been that I had to stop and queue for water but to be honest I needed the rest after Bison Hill. I can't grumble about the value though - I won free entry! My major complaint would be about fellow runners listening to music. Normally I hold no strong views on this debate but in a race where it helps to be able to hear the Marshall's as well as see them it would have stopped the guy three in front of me going the wrong way and then holding the rest of us up as he fell trying to correct himself. Date of review: October 18, 2010
In short: Steep price - gerat course and scenery - need to iron out some problems In full: This was home territory for me - so regularly run all or parts of the course, so no surprises for me, and could walk to the start from home. Seemed good atmosphere and organisation pre-the race, although a route map prior to the event would have been useful.
Scenery and course both excellent even though I still haven't managed to run up the steps at Bison hill in training or in this race!!!
Just felt that it was overpriced (even allowing for the goodies) and lack of marshalls in some strategic places caused problems (I understand that the lead group on the 10K missed a turn and only completed 8 and a bit kms).
Need to iron out the kinks and provide better value for money (or reduce the cost). Date of review: October 18, 2010