In short: Flat, Fast, PB potential In full: So this was my first stab at a 10k road race. Preferring long distance, I'm not really sure why I entered it since the 6.2 miles is generally either shorter or on par with my usual daily mileage.
Either way, the atmosphere was very good & friendly - slightly clubby but nothing too intimidating for a beginner or non-club runner.
Truthfully, I think the location could have been better - there are so many beautiful parts around this county, so I was a little miffed by a big section of the race being ran round a rather uninspiring airfield track.
Marshalling was great and even a water station half way for anyone who wanted to top up. (Not necessary if you're well hydrated though IMO)
No iPod rule in force - but for good reason, runners needed to be totally aware seeing as there were sections on roads.
Nice souvenir t-shirt at the end, a bit big for a small but will do for sleeping in! Plenty of refreshments for afterwards too in the warm, convenient hall. Showers/lockers too I believe.
Overall, a well-organised 10k but didn't change my opinion on 10ks - all over too quickly.
Kudos to the Alchester Running Club though and a lot of money raised for the extremely worthwhile charity - MacMillan. Date of review: December 18, 2009
In short: I love this race and achieved a PB In full: This is a great race for a PB. The airfield is unexciting but there is plenty of space. The organisation ran like clockwork and whilst there are few spectators it is well marshalled. Date of review: December 16, 2009
In short: Chip timing this year improved this race no end! In full: While the scenery at this race is probably the worst you will see at any race, everything else makes up for it, superb start and finish area, especially for spectators, dont know why but with all aspects combined this is my favorite 10k. Cheers Alchester and see you again next year. Date of review: December 15, 2009
In short: A well-organised, fast, flat race almost perfect for getting that PB In full: After 5-6 months off running last year I signed up to this one hoping to get what proper athletes would call a season's best. Thanks to this very well organised race on an almost perfectly flat course I actually managed to beat my best ever 10K time!
The scenery is nothing to write home about but it's certainly not an ugly race and I, for one, didn't mind the loop around the airfield. It still beats my usual winter training routes along suburban streets with heavy traffic!
The organisation was very good on the whole, the marshals did an excellent job, what with having to direct runners and traffic in both directions on one part of the course! The free baggage storage was a very nice and extremely useful touch too.
My only criticism of the organisation would be the rather hap-hazard start at the corner of the field then marching us down to the road. Although I understand they didn't want to block the road off with hundreds of runners standing around it did mean that people started all over the place with sub 40 runners at the back and visa versa. If they just had a roped off section on the field with signs for sub 40, sub 50, sub 60 etc. so people could order themselves I think it would have helped a lot.
All in all this was a very enjoyable event and I plan to back next year! Date of review: December 14, 2009