In short: Thoroughly enjoyable and challenging In full: Very good atmosphere. Very welcoming and friendly as this was my first ever race, hills were challenging but not too bad and the scenery was beautiful. Great goody bag at the end and plenty of water for everyone. And the medal is awesome :-) Can't wait to do it again next year! Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Great scenic cours with some killer hills! In full: This was my first time at the Longleat 10K and I really enjoyed the race.
A lot of noise has been generated about the decision by Longleat to open earlier and therefore charge spectators but that's not really the organisers fault and they have moved the date back next year to avoid - my family all entered the Fun Run so all worked out well.
The course was rather challenging, a killer hill after the first km, one later on and then the final km to the finish was slightly uphill - but where's the fun without a challenge? :-)
I did manage a PB but this is my first 10K race since a fairly intensive training regime leading up to the Bath Half.
Organisation was a little lacking in places but chip timing and a "OK" goody-bag and nice medal although not the famous lions head which everyone was speaking about (apparently it's back next year).
The only complaint I would make is that the Marshalls pretty much universally weren't interested in the race, there was no encouragement and they seemed a little sparse out on the course. I appreciate it was a Rotary club rather than runners but perhaps recruit some runners?
I'll definitely be back next year... Date of review: February 18, 2014
In short: Poor Organisation In full: IM only going to cover the things that stuck out as needing looking at:
1, started late due to people not getting to the start on time, marshalls should have been clearing the course so it could start on time, if people choose to be late that is there fault, letting runners get even colder is not acceptable.
2. Lack of marshalls on course, this has been mentioned previously, there weren't enough, especially in areas where there was traffic, and that includes Longleat vehicles driving like idiots!!
3, No toilets at start area,, its not that difficult is it????
4, Finish area was a shambles, people queing for bags and getting official times actaully spilling out onto the finish line, no marshalls at all in this area, I finished in under 40 minutes and stayed till the last runner and didn't see anyone asking runners to que in an oposite direction, taking them away from the finish...
5. Runners walking in the opposite direcion on the finish straight, against oncoming runners!! how dangerous and how stupid... I know the route had to be changed but did commen sense have a day off??
6. Hills,, not a gripe about the hills, but to those who keep bringing it up,, Longleat is not flat, if you dont like hills, dont enter it!!! if you want flat, go to a running track
7. Goody bag, I dont enter races for a goody bad, but it did make me smile when I looked and saw 2 sachets of Shampoo, but nowhere there to have a shower!
8. Medal, neither do I enter races to collect medals, although this one was described as a' lions Head' it more resembles a cartoon Cat (Garfield) doing a rather poor sprint. Not a great medal, not even a date on it considering it was a 10th aniversary!
9, A classic example of a 209 event where it could be really good, but let down again by poor organisation, (remember the wye valley half in 2011 where front runners went the wrong way beacuse of.... lack of marshalls....)
In short: Nice course, nice grounds, shoddy organisation In full: Weather held off and was a chilly but bright and dry race.
Organisationally, the event was a shambles. From the 3 course changes announced before the event to on the day shenanigans (More later) there seemed to be very little actual organisation. It was further hurt by Longleat's decision to open the park during the event which meant spectators either needed to pay the entry (At a 30% discount) or enter the fun run (£2 cheaper than the discounted rate)
Despite there being mention of timed start pens, I only saw the sub 40 one. The rest were hidden by swathes of people, not helped by the distinct lack of marshals trying to organise people properly. There was a PA system you could barely hear and no-one had a clue what was going on. I didn't hearIt ended up just a mass funnel of people of varying paces.
This was exacerbated by the Fun Run. There was supposed to be a 3k fun run taking place 5 minutes after the start of the main run. But people didn't seem to be able to tell what was going on (Lack of marshalling/decent PA contributed). So all the fun runners also started at the same time.
I spent the first 2k weaving in and out of people including, rather dangerously, children. In a fun run situation fair enough, but when I'm chasing a PB I'm not always looking down far enough and nearly rattled a few kids.
After that debacle though, I have to say the race was good. There were some KILLER hills. To say that marshals were sparse would be an understatement. If there was an emergency, it would take 2-3 minutes for a marshal to even get notified they were that far apart.
The problems return during the last kilometer. As runners were running up the finish straight, people who were already finished were walking down the same router, and I was having to weave around them too! Once again, no marshalling to keep runners and finishers separated.
The medal was good, the goody bag was shoddy. The tee shirt was good but paid extra for it.
The best part of the day was the attractions in Longleat which we did have free entry to (Except the safari park). The saving grace of the event.
I had fun, but have been to much better organised events and wouldn't do this one again with the current arrangements. Date of review: February 10, 2014
In short: Enjoyable and challenging. In full: Shame about the messing about from Longleat, and the goody bags weren't up to much, but I really enjoyed it and there was a nice friendly atmosphere. Date of review: February 10, 2014
In short: Hilly, friendly, beautiful! In full: Excellent organisation and very friendly - I particularly liked the Marquess of Bath cheering people on with "Welcome home!" as we approached the finish line. Date of review: February 9, 2014
In short: Was a bit of an obstacle course this year In full: Ran this race for the third time in a row. Due to the park opening earlier, the start/finish line had been moved further away, and the traffic!!! I lost count of the amount of times someone shouted out "CAR" - there were far too many of them!! In addition, when running up the final straight, all of the faster runners were walking back down the road making it difficult for us to run up. When reaching the finish, I sped up only to run straight into someone chatting in front of the line, who suddenly turned round without looking - WHERE WERE THE MARSHALLS??? The finish line should have been kept clear and the people returning to the car park should have been instructed to keep to the left! Preferred it the way it was last year I'm afraid. Still a good medal, goody bag and the country's best race photographers though. Date of review: February 9, 2014
In short: Weather Gods smiled on us, poor goody bag In full: This was my second year at this race. The change of route led to some problems before the start as late comers were still walking up the race line to the start, delaying it slightly. The starting area was packed and it was pretty much impossible to get into the right starting zone which meant a lot of weaving about to overtake people. Was good to have a tent at the start as it was about a km from the car park. The marshalls were friendly and helpful. The goody bag was pretty terrible. I know you don't go to an event for a goody bag but the only edible items were pistachio nuts an a bottle of coconut water.
In short: I aintn't et.... In full: First time at this race so didn't know what to expect. Surprised by the number of people who turned up for what could easily have been a cold drenching day. As it was, weather though grey and windy stayed kind. On a bright Spring day this would be lovely, if not flat. Couple of hilly sections at most half a mile. Depressingly boring goody bag, but overall a reasonable day out. Date of review: February 9, 2014