In short: bad organisation lets race down In full: I did it last year and was shocked at how badly organised it was. Late starting, and not clear where to stand hence slow and fast mixed up together. Im quite slow and I realised that it is quite disheartening when lots of perople overtake you. The medal was good, nice big one, but it took me a while to work out where the lady with the medals was, wasnt obvious. I also failed to find the person who was giving out space blankets, which was a shame. I couldnt find my friends and family after the race and asked the 'announcing people' to do annoucement for me but they laughed in my face and told me to do it myself. Car park is incredibly far away from the race finish and although there were signs directing you to the race start from the car park I realised afterwards that they actually take you a long way round. Also, there was no warm up before the race, my family and I determined that the wlak from the car park to the race start was the warm up, one which particulary took its toll on my 76 year old grandmother! Hence it is possibloe that we missed the warm up cos it took us so long to walk from the car to the race start. So, if I think the race is that bad why am I giving serious thought to doing it again? Errm, because I love Lincoln and its pretty cool to run/jog/stagger round a city that you don't normally have time to appreciate because you are only used to walking and driving round while at or on the way to uni. The race gives an opportunity to see familiar places in a different light. Another reason for doing this race is because there is only a limited number of races to choose from in Lincolnshire. As I'm a bit slow I found that Lincoln was a good race because there were a lot of other beginners and slower runners like me, whereas alot of the other races near where I live are local races and due to the small numbers taking part my slow speed makes me self conscious, but I did not feel self conscious at all during Lincoln. My top tips for anyone taking part is: don't park at yarborough leisure centre, don't arrange to meet friends or family after the race at or in the castle grounds cos they are too busy and you might not spot anyone, and stand well back at the start of the race if you are slower because it is much better to overtake than be overtaken. Ps. Chip timing seemed to work ok and photo company on the day were good. Date of review: January 19, 2007
In short: Great place, but lack of effective start organisation meant fun runners set off in front of many genuine runners In full: Race itself goes through an interesting course, with a finish to die for (if a little dodgy over wet cobblestones). Alas, some of the best scenery is swapped for housing estates. Last year there was some attempt to graduate the start, which meant good times were achievable. This year the organisers seemed to completely forget this important detail. I normally take 4 minutes for each of the first 3k, but this year took over 6 mins for each, fighting my way past endless fancy dress costumes and charity groups. Even had one inexperienced guy stop dead in front of me on the finish line. Please keep the fun, but remember many people are there to run! Has the potential to be a terrific race if a good race manager is appointed. Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: Was a bit annoyed at having to collect my race pack on the day but other than that, a very enjoyable run with a very good atmosphere + some nice historic scenery... Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Great Race/ Minor organisational irritations In full: Very enjoyable race. Good crowd support. Better course than last year. Would always highly recommend this race.
I would agree with other reviews that the organisation could be better. I had to que into the carpark a whole 2 hours before the race started and I had to que out of the carpark. I was also really dismayed that you had to pay £1.00 to park. This is quite an expensive 10k anyway. The car park is a very long way from the finish and if you are running on your own and have no one waiting with a jumper for you it is a long, cold walk home. What about shuttle buses??? Date of review: April 7, 2006
In short: Great race, let down by organisational problems In full: The Lincoln 10k is one of my favourite races, run on a flat fast and scenic course in the centre of Lincoln. Finish is especially good and there is a very good medal. However having attended the race for the past three years, there always seems to be a problem with the organisation. This year the race pack never arrived, had to leave home early on the race day and pick it on the morning of the race. If they could just get the organisation right I would attend every year. One further point the car parking is fine in relation to the start, but it is a long way back from the finish, at least a mile, so if you are with non runners get them to take some clothing with them for you to wear after the race. I got caught in a heavy shower on the way back and was soaked by the time I got to the car. Date of review: April 7, 2006
In short: Mainly good organisation but let down by minor irritants. In full: In the past parking was free at this race , why now charge runners £1 to park ? and the location of the parking is not well sig=ned from the finish and took a good 20 min walk to reach post race. If the weather was bad this would be unpleasant. Great medal however and great location for finish. Tidy up the loose ends for next year please. Date of review: April 6, 2006