In short: Tough challenging course In full: The new hill on this years course was probably not as steep as last year but was twice as long and strength sapping. A very good challenging run in near perfect conditions. Date of review: March 18, 2009
In short: Improved organisation and much better weather than 2008; race now close to capacity In full: 2008 feedback has been taken on board by the organisers and the improvements are noticeable. The route was bang on 10k this time, well marked with distance boards accurately placed. The right hand sweep before the loop at 2km / 7km corrects the distance and also means a slightly easier climb. After the climb, it's pretty much downhill for the rest of the lap.
Was taken by surprise to see the drinks station after 250 metres of the first lap but water was available there just past half way at the start of the second lap - a much better position than the bottom of the steepest slope where it was last year.
Suggestions for minor improvements:
(1) use an aerosol hooter to start the race "5, 4, 3, 2, 1, go!" was a bit of an anticlimax and may have been difficult to hear towards the back of the starting pen. (2) now that the race has a few years of results, suggest pace signage along the starting pen to guide runners to line up with their expected times (3) a few more marshals on the drinks station to hand out water (on both sides of the course) would reduce the risk of missing the pick-up or (as I did) knocking over a cup or two. Also, paper sups are easier to pinch than plastic ones.
I've seen the odd negative comment about value for money - one of the aims of the race is to raise funds for charity so I'm more than happy to pay £14 on the day (or £10/£12 pre-race day) for the race, medal (nice one this year), bananas and water.
Overall, an excellent event thanks to the marshaling, easy on the day registration, the setting, underfoot conditions, weather and everyone who volunteered to help and those who participated.
In short: A good, fun, hard race! In full: My 4th 10k race and found this very hard! 1st one back since Dec 08 so maybe my fault! The slow incline to start and hill are horrible but rest of the race very relaxing and enjoyable! Not so enjoyable 2nd time around - I have discovered I am not a fan of laps! Lovely weather which I think made it nicer to run! Only point I would say is a water station halfway would be good, only one a beginning! Lovely marshalls, very friendly and encouraging! Date of review: March 16, 2009
In short: Beautiful location. Beautiful weather. In full: My first 10k race - been 'running' since August. Local to the area so do run in the park sometimes - totally different when you run it as a race though. Atmosphere, marshalls and other runners give a real boost. Took 5 mins of the time I expected to do it in. Thanks to my husband for the support - he's training for the marathon but chose to run with me at my pace - it made a bit difference having someone to push you on a bit. Thoroughly enjoyable. Have now entered by first half-marathon! Date of review: March 16, 2009
In short: Fantastic 'off road' run, long hill start - but lovely downhill bits too! In full: We were kept waiting for 15mins - with no knowledge of why. I have only just found out that it was due to people parking. Thankfully the weather was amazing! I ran in spikes, as I was told this was an off road race. Well it is away from the main roads - but it is part grass/path and a little trail. Not brilliant for those of us in spikes! So if the weather is good, lightweight racers are suffice. I am writing this because I wish I had had this info before the race - and it might help someone else! Course was good - 2 laps, but not boring. 1k from the start is a slow incline, then a short sharp hill and the rest is pretty much downhill. The prize giving at the end was comical - people getting prizes who didn't even complete the whole 2 laps! And a comment about a lady vet still being on the course was a bit off! Still considering all that I would definitely do it again. Date of review: March 16, 2009
In short: Lovely setting, start could be better organised In full: Parking a big problem & caused the start to be delayed by 15 mins. Start poorly organised. Didn't hear any starting gun/noise. Congested narrow start meant it took half a minute to cross the start line and for minutes after that was blocked by slower runners. Organisers need to think about a wider start and getting runners to line up according to their expected finish times. Results slow to appear - still not available 24 hours later. Despite lack of results prize presentation was made after the race, but race director managed to insult veteran female runners by suggesting the O55 winner was still out on the course! In fact the woman concerned - a former UK veterans XC champion - was in front of him waiting for her prize! Lots of fun runners, not many club runners. Nevertheless, this remains an enjoyable race over an undemanding multi-terrain course in lovely surroundings. Course no longer short - now seems an accurate 10K - so well done for that. Date of review: March 16, 2009