In short: My Favourite 10K!! In full: I have done this race many times and always enjoy it. They have moved the start since my last attempt - this caused a few problems for my support crew (wife and little daughter)who only just got back to the finish line before I did!! Also there was quite a bit of congestion at the finish - this could do with a lot of sorting out. Overall its my favourite race and getting bigger all the time (just like I am!!) Date of review: November 27, 2009
In short: Much better experience all round this year In full: The price is so steep! But the course is flat. Expecting folk to pay extra for a t-shirt is just too much. Actual course is superb and the race itself was much better organised this year. Date of review: April 29, 2009
In short: Nice and flat, cobbles tough going at the end. In full: If anything, it was too organised !?!? I managed to get herded through the one way system without my medal, then went all the way around the castle to go back in only to find some swine had half-inched them!! They took my number and posted it onto me engraved as a goodwill gesture! nice touch! Date of review: April 27, 2009
In short: . In full: The course was excellent and good for a PB. The only 2 flaws I can think of were the congestion at the end and the location of the water station in possibly one of the narrowest streets on the course. Other than that the race was well organised and marshalled. The crowds of spectators were full of encouragement for the runners giving the occasion a wonderful atmosphere and the weather was extremely kind to us on the day. I will definitely be doing the run again. Date of review: April 2, 2009
In short: Much better this year! In full: A vast improvement on last year's race... however it's clear many runners either had no idea they should be starting in a slower time category or had completely unrealistic expectations of their ability... the first couple of kms were spent wasting energy dodging and passing people - some of whom had started walking after only a couple of minutes.
Having said all that, it's still a good, flat(ish) race with a superb finish... and I can live without a cheap t-shirt I'll never wear :-) Date of review: April 2, 2009
In short: I recommend this race to everyone! In full: Thankfully the organisation problems of previous years seem to have been addressed, there are still areas for improvement, but overall it's nearer to reaching it's full potential. The race started late again, but at least only by a few minutes, not the 15-20 of previous years. There's amazing support pretty much all the way around & it really does give you a boost.
In short: Flat, Fast and First Class Finish! In full: The Lincoln course is one of my fav's and every year it gets bigger, the street atmosphere is excellent for a 10k race and the course is clear and well marked. Getting to the parking spaces is a delayed affair due to Lincolns medieval road network and actually getting to the start line is difficult due to the narrow paths. Entry price warrants an inclusive T-shirt however which has been provided in previous years but not 2009. All in all get there early and you wont be disappointed! Date of review: March 31, 2009
In short: no hassles and a PB - a good day out In full: Plenty of parking (although a long walk back afterwards),kit drop off close to the start, not too long a delay at the start. Usual issue of runners not getting in the correct time band at the start. The elite runners numbers seems like a good idea but many of them seem to have a bad day looking at the number that came in after me. Results were up on web early ( no photos up yet). Good support at points close to the city centre. Good running conditions all round. Date of review: March 31, 2009
In short: A welcome return to a well run Lincoln 10K !! In full: This is the biggest annual running event for my Club/Homecity and it was good to see it worked out this year. The event organisers even managed to book great weather and course/conditions were perfect for PB breaking potential. The start was a little better this year, but there are still people who insist on walking the other way to the runners trying to reach the start grids. I've suggested having one side for runners and the other for spectators, but we'll see next year. I can't vouch for the finish area's organisation as I was finished and gone by the time the masses came through, but general reports suggest it was better that previous 2 years. I was a little disappointed not to get a free t-shirt (£5 outside castle), but the finishers medal was class. Well done to the event team, but if you polish up the not so good bits, this could be a calendar certainty for over 5000 runners. Date of review: March 31, 2009