In short: A great event In full: A really enjoyable event. If you have a special PB-category for a 10k 'trail' race, then this event could easily provide it. Marshalls were friendly and efficient, if not effusive - but no criticism from me for that. Loo facilities a bit limited, but hey - go before you leave home!
I'll definitely be back, and would recommend the event to anyone. Who cares if the loud-hailer fails, you just start running when the guy in front does! The congestion noted by another reviewer was largely down to an unfortunate faller - but there but for the grace of god etc. Date of review: August 23, 2012
In short: Second time - and we're out In full: Not one for leaving poor feedback but here goes. This is the first time that I've been to an event and the organisation is worse than the previous year. So if you want a race where:
The race announcer cannot fathom a loud hailer so race instructions are not heard (see last years positive comments - where I suggested a working loud hailer).
Th race announcer failed to ask (or maybe we just never heard her) anyone expecting above 40 mins to step away from the front few rows meaning there was far too many slower runners at the very, very front - infact the worst I've ever experienced in dozens of large and small races.
The race starter could not fathom how to use a klaxon - so resorted to saying 'go' - meaning no-one at the back (or middle) heard.
Where there was nowhere to get changed post race after a very hot run (hottest day of the year I understand) - let alone get washed or showered. Whose bright idea was it to lock the changing rooms 15 mins before the race and then not open them?
Where there were less toilets open this year than last year even though there were more entrants this year!! The bowling green toilets being closed and the school havin only two toilets which were mixed. Am sure the cricketers loved seeing runners urinate close to the outfield in their desperation!!
Whilst thankful they were there (I marshall myself) the marshalls throughout the first 5k were shamefully quiet - only from 6k did any shout the slightest bit of encouragement.
The water station on 5k was fine for us at the front - but for those further back was like a scene from its a knock out with drinks being grabbed (and dropped) due to not enough people helping and not enough pre-planning of already poured drinks.
The poor car park stewards were left in a real pickle with far too many cars.
You may as well save yourself the cost for hiring the clock too as it was positioned such that people could stand in front of it - meaning that no-one could see it!
The race isnt fit for purpose as it stands - we'll not be back - I guess no-one will read this anyway.
Changing facilities, enough toilets, car parking, poor water station and too miserable stewards for all dont make up for a half decent course.
Thank you to the stewards at the end of the race who did lift us - it is appreciated indeed. Date of review: August 19, 2012