In short: Where was the Chip timing? This is for the Autumn 2011 race In full: Review for the Autumn 2011 race. Another good running of this event let down for me in two areas: lack of loos, and no chip timing. Chip timing is fairly standard now at most races and was a feature of the Spring Tempest. The race isn't cheap, so I would expect this. Maybe Sport Systems have massively increased their cost, I don't know, but the reasons for no chip timing were not apparent from the ETL website. Date of review: September 4, 2011
In short: Race organiser was quick to respond to queries online. Great to start the race. The wide runway meant no bunching. If i had to look for a negative, i'd say the traffic on the roads got a bit close to the runners at times. Highly recommended race. Date of review: March 15, 2010
In short: Good first event In full: I enjoyed this run, which coincided with the hottest day this year so spirits were high. But if I was to do this event next year then consideration should be given to the following:
- reverse the route so that the first 2 miles are via the aerodrome as this will spread out the runners, get the boring bit out of the way and the final mile would then be a proper fast downhill to the finish.
- send out baggage tags (although the ladies did do a sterling job organising the bag tags so quickly)
- think about a race HQ - there were plenty of large hangers that could be borrowed for the day. It didn't matter this time around as we sat on the wall in the sun but it wouldn't be as pleasant in a downpour.
- more signs at junctions around the start for those of us driving from further away.
- "silent" finishing line - not sure what you could do about this.
I did like the 10/20 split as I enjoyed running with the 20 milers (I did my 20 miler race last week), there was always plenty of people around so there was a good atmosphere on the course although the course itself wasn't the "fast and flat" one that had been advertised but a bit hilly and windy. Special praise goes to the goody bag and medal, which had obviously been thought through and was the best I've received in a long time.
In short: Fantastic - amazing goodie bag with stylish medal !!! In full: you had to be quick to get the jelly babies, more incentive to run faster eh ! Amazing goodie bag with A superb run log, sometheing really useful it made a pleasant change from leaflets....and a decent size mars bar to get your teeth into while you were checking out the stylish medal at the finish,
very well planned, thankyou to all the marshalls who made it a fantastic day :) Date of review: March 15, 2010
In full: Very well organized. It was cold first thing so people kept kit on til last minute. With the parking quite a way from the start a lot more people decided to use the baggage storage - causing last minute delays. Excellent marshalling, plenty of water stations and clear mile markers. Course a bit more undulating than the 'fast/flat' description, but an excellent goody bag and medal of Olympic proportions were well received. Date of review: March 15, 2010
In short: My first ten mile race, lovely scenery apart from the aerodrome! Cars a bit close and a bit impatient, marshalls excellent, encouraging and friendly, would come again. Date of review: March 15, 2010
In full: A well organised race at a fascinating venue. Thankyou to all organisers and helpers (and the weather!) for an enjoyable morning. Even though this run (and the 20 miler) coincided with a cycle race around the same area of Dunsfold there was little 'audience participation' but if this becomes a regular fixture word might travel amongst the locals. My only concern is the traffic situation in the early part of the race, particularly if the future number of runners should increase. Neither of these is a criticism, more an observation. Date of review: March 15, 2010