In short: Good Race, great uphill climb at the start! In full: Done this race for the past 3 years, enjoyable road race, well organised and challenging at parts with a few hills snook in there. Worth the entry fee. Date of review: January 2, 2009
In short: It could have been so much better! In full: The race/route itself is fine - the marshalls on the course were great!
The start was a shambles - who decided they needed to put out a table full of boxed t-shirts to make the narrow start even narrower and the less said about the bloke constantly mouthing off about 'no pacemakers' the better.
I also hear that the ladies toilets were out of toilet roll and when some of our runners mentioned it to one of the organisers, they were told 'yeh! we know'. We all know that we can run short of toilet roll but the main sponsor of the event (Fitness First) also shares the same venue - surely they could have helped out and donated a roll for a good cause!!
Goodie bag was really promised much but only delivered a t-shirt! Date of review: February 27, 2007
In short: Quite a tough hilly course In full: Enjoyable race but I need more practice on hilss as way below my PB.
A lot of it is on roads that traffic is also trying to use although there are plenty of marshalls at key places.
The only real logistical issue is that cars have to leave the rugby club complex via the same lane that contains the finishing funnel and spectators so it can get congested and possible off putting to those runners still coming in as others are leaving by car. Date of review: February 26, 2007
In short: Undulating !!! Bloody Hilly In full: Bit of a bottle neck at the start, so if your not at the front your time will suffer. Although not a race for a PB. Undulating for the first mile with a killer hill around 2 miles. Another big hill round mile 3, but then a good mile and a half of down hill before it flattens out for a mile or so before a small downhill stretch and a flat 200 metre finish. If you can put the effort in for the first 3 miles, you'll get a bit of a breather before the flat run in. Date of review: February 26, 2007
In short: Killer hill after 1st mile, 2 other hills later on but down hill parts allow you to make up some time. Good race overall. Lack of signposting to event and parking was an issue. Goody bag very disappointing. Date of review: February 26, 2007
In short: Tough hills in first two thirds, but speedy at the end In full: Three tough hills in this race, but scenery and downhill sections make up for it. Very friendly feel to it, well organised (the first time I've heard some many warnings about pacemakers though!), and I think I'll go back next year to try to beat my time. Date of review: February 25, 2007