In short: Flat, fast, and well organised... In full: Well marshalled, very friendly atmosphere, and good medal & t-shirt at the end. My only suggested improvement would be better speakers at the start line. On the whole this is an event that does Chippenham proud Date of review: September 16, 2011
In short: Can't think of a better event for my comeback race In full: Picked this as my first race back after a long and miserable winter of injury, having only done a few 5k park runs this year. I'm glad I picked this one, mainly for the friendly atmosphere and support around the course.
Very well organised especially given the number of people who attended. My sister and her husband were at the race but it was so busy I didn't see them!
Very pleasant run through the town and countryside and as I say the support for a small local race was superb - thanks to everyone who made the effort to cheer us on.
I wasn't sure how I would cope with a 10k so just ran with a friend doing his first ever 10k. Wouldn't describe the course as especially flat but some friends did get a PB so there must be potential there. Personally I was just delighted to get round painlessly, even if I was 20 minutes slower than my previous worst 10k time!
Not the cheapest of races but good value, nice goodie bag at the end, liked the towel which is useful for my gym classes and a lot better than a medal. Only gripe was having to queue for so long. In fairness, perhaps the organisers didn't know how many people would turn up, so it is to their credit that they didn't run out!
Have only done this once before in my running career but will make a mental note to make this a more regular fixture in my running calendar.
Well done Chippenham Harriers, see you at the half marathon in September. Date of review: May 10, 2011
In short: Brilliant Race - shame about the finish :-( In full: This race is getting more and more popular. I missed last years race so was amazed to see how many more people entered this time around.
The course is undulating but not too challenging as long as you have trained.
Having the pacers definately helped. I managed to knock two and a half minutes off my previous best!
The finish could be improved simply by having the goody bags packed ready to hand out. My friend fell over at the finish line and gashed her leg and had to wait 20 minutes getting through to the goody bags before she could recieve attention. Date of review: May 4, 2011
In short: good course, quick, potential for pb's. In full: this was my second competitive 10k. had poor prep for this race,however pleased to finish in top 45% of finishers.Course really good, hill?? at 9k try running up London Road in Calne.Queueing at end a touch farcical,but liked towel.Oh not enough toilets!!!!!!!!!! Date of review: May 2, 2011
In short: Well organised race on a potentially quick course In full: Gradual inclines rather than steep hills with some pleasurable downhill sections. Hill at 9k not as threatening as I thought. Embroidered towel in goody bag was a nice touch. definately be back next year Date of review: May 1, 2011
In short: Great route, plenty of marshalls, well organised all apart from the goody bag queue In full: This is a really great race, which for a small town attracts a large number of runners. The start is generally well organised, complete with pre-race mass warm-up. Loved the pace runners this year - thank you guys!
Only moan is the queue to collect the goody bags. The contents were good, nice towel, but the wait was long whilst getting cold & stiff. Thank you for handing out the water as soon as you crossed the line, but maybe pre-packing the goody bags would save such a long wait next year.
Thanks for organising this race though - thoroughly enjoyed it (and took 3 1/2 mins off last years time too!) Date of review: May 1, 2011
In short: A well organised race and well unorganised goody bag collection. In full: My second time at this race and as previous the collection of numbers/chips is smooth as silk, nice atmosphere with 'Smashie and Nicie' at the race start, the pacers was a nice touch (don't remember them from last year), nice crowd support out and about, a mad sprint at the finish and then stop for 25 minutes whilst you receive your hand picked goody bag - what was all that about it's not like you had a choice of size/colour or anything! Pre-pack the goody bags, it was done last year and that worked so why different this year? The goody bags were good and probably one of the best on the race calender, but come on! Date of review: May 1, 2011
In short: Queues at the finish apart, a well-organized and friendly race In full: Would agree with the comments about the problems at the finish re. queuing for the goodie bag. Otherwise a good, well organized event as far as I could tell (only my 3rd race). Towel was a good idea, likewise the pacemakers. Large turnout but didn't feel crowded, lots of parking. Course was quite undulating but still able do a pb and time less than my age! Date of review: May 1, 2011
In short: An undulating 10k run in a very pleasant area. Very well organised apart from the finish area resembling a supermarket queue due to goody bags being packed individually as finishers came through, probably better off making up the goody bags prior. Date of review: May 1, 2011
In short: wonderful run with a real buzz and good support In full: I've only done it once before (2006) but I really enjoyed today. The run is local for me but I rolled with a plenty of time to spare, chatted on the start with a couple people I've never met before. The horn goes and off you go. The first bit is uphill but I decided to chill out a bit rather than gun it and it worked. I felt great the whole way round, although from 7KM I started to notice the undulations more :) The final hill is interesting but at least this year I knew that once I turned into Lacock Road I still had a way to go so I was prepared :) Great cheering on from support on the road side. great course. Will do it again for sure. Date of review: May 1, 2011