In short: Tough for a first-timer! In full: This was my first proper race and the first time I have ever ran 10k (even in training)! I can't fault the organisation, everything seemed to go off without a hitch, and it was great to get a print out of your race stats as you cross the line! It's a beautiful but tough course with 3 tough hills, but despite this I really enjoyed it and will be back next year to beat my time. Date of review: February 16, 2012
In short: Amazing race, magnificent scenery, brilliantly organised - can't fault In full: This was my first time at Longleat. I've done one road 10k previously and a few trail runs so wasn't sure what to expect. The signs for parking at the event were very clear with plenty of parking. The set up of the race with sub 40 then sub 45 etc was such a good idea as we could start where we felt comfortable. There were a lot of 'serious runners' so I was a little scared of coming last. However I got round in 1 hour 4 minutes (so not quite last). The three hills were challenging but were manageable to run up. I thought the ground was exceptionally clear considering the snow fall the day before. I ran in trainers and was fine. I thought the marshals were fantastic - very encouraging. The crowd were great. The last 1k was brillinat - downhill all the way to the finish. Fab goody bag and medal and exact time logged. Highly recommend. Bargain. Will definitely be back next year. I have never been to an event before that was so well organised. Date of review: February 7, 2012
In short: I LOVE THIS RACE! In full: Given the icy hills I actually knocked 9 (!) Mins off last years time and now have a new 10k pb!
The toilets are toilets.....I don't know what people expect. As the weather the day before was snowy I thought the course was actually remarkably clear. The organisation was good and the medal was 100 times better than last year. I've had worse goody bags but then the bag isn't the reason why I run!
I will run this race again and again and again! Date of review: February 7, 2012
In short: Good race to blow the cobwebs away. Not for the feint hearted. In full: Quite a surprise that this event took place given the weather conditions the day before. However the sun made an appearance which allowed the temperature to rise to acceptable levels, making an enjoyable race. People should adjust their gear according to the likly conditions underfoot! Road shoes just dont cut it on snow / ice. . Date of review: February 6, 2012
In short: A first race!! Am I mad?? In full: This was my first ever race and to say I've been working hard at training is an understatement. However, no matter how hard I trained, I dont think it would have prepared me enough for the hills! Oooh don't I ever ache today. BUT, the location is gorgeous, I love Longleat anyway and the atmosphere was fab. I was exceptionally uplifted on the final straight, running towards Longleat house and the finish line in the sunshine made me run faster than I ever have before! A lovely day and a fab run.... but next year I know what to expect :) Date of review: February 6, 2012
In short: the hills will make you hurt! In full: Glorious setting, and lovely route not at all dull even though you do run the same small section of it twice. Ran past deer and spotted a heron flying overhead, very picturesque
Hills are an absolute killer though! Proud to have run the whole thing even though at times trying to scrabble up the icy, snow covered first hill would probably have been quicker if i'd walked!
Once you get past 8k you knwo it's down hill and home all the way and that is a lovely way to end a race.
Nice goody bag, lion head medal, and yummy banana recovery drink, also really enjoyed the free sample of muscle rub which I duly applied!
Would do again, if only to see if I can better my time (1hr2mins) but wouldn't recommend as a 1st 10k, maybe 3rd or 4th would be better Date of review: February 6, 2012
In short: Snow and hills on safari In full: A nice course looping through Longleat, glorious final straight running towards the mansion - if only all races had such a fabulous view (and a nice downhill section to launch you onto the final straight).
There were good facilities, enough portaloos for runners (I really don't understand the criticism about the toilets, have any of you BEEN to events before?!). There wasn't very much for spectators to do but to be fair to 2:09, it was mentioned in all the race information and on the website before entering that Longleat was closed that weekend. I'd much rather that the organisers spent time getting it right for the runners instead of worrying about spectators being entertained.
I'm glad it wasn't just me who had trouble with the hill at 1km and 8km, I had to walk up the steepest part as my trainers were not equipped for ice. A bit of extra grit would have been nice, but the marshals at this point were excellent and gave clear instructions to runners as I passed so we knew to avoid the worst sections.
A beautiful run, the icy hills added 7 minutes on to my PB time but I'm happy with what I achieved. I will be back next year. (I loved the medal too - thank you!)
The only constructive criticism I would make is that on Sunday morning I was frantically checking the 2:09 Events Facebook page for an update on whether the race was still on and I noticed several other people posting questions. If a company is going to have a Facebook page, then it is a good idea to make sure that someone is responsible for updating it with last minute information. Something for 2:09 to keep in mind? Date of review: February 6, 2012
In short: A very nice race In full: I find it hard to understand all the criticism targeted at this race so far. To say the hills were a death trap is ridiculous. Yes it was icy but given the weather of the past few days this was hardly surprising. Maybe its because I do mostly trail running and had done the Grim Terror the night before, but you do wonder if most of these roadies would run on anything other than shag-pile carpet. The organisation was good, the cost was respectable, the goodie bag was fine for the price and it was a very nice scenic run. Please don't carp on about toilets - its an hours run after all not a five star holiday. Date of review: February 5, 2012
In short: Worth it for the unusual Medal. Ice on hillsl was dangerous In full: Toilets were gross. I thought I was unlucky getting a toilet that didn't flush but seeing the reviews I guess they were all like that. I had read about the hills but didn't expect mountains. The slush and ice already mentioned at the steepest points was not helpful. Felt like I earned the lovely medal and cheese burger at the end and was still pleased with my time even though I would surprised at anyone getting a PB. Date of review: February 5, 2012
In short: the route was challenging the hills were good but the 1k-8k hill was a death trap !!! In full: the weather conditions were known days in advance so more grit should of been ordered the goody bag was ok but nothing special the route was good Date of review: February 5, 2012