In short: lessons not learned In full: Nearly didnt do this after reading 2012 reports,exaggerated they were not!If no chip timing can we at least have a start line,recording of finishing position also totally haphazard.Walk to the start crazy surely some signage would help rather than follow the pied piper!On the plus side great PB potential as the course is too short(advertised as well over 10k),friendly fun for a sunday but please get the simple things right. Date of review: November 20, 2013
In short: Oh Dear. In full: I wondered whether this event cold be organised more effectively if 200 of us just picked a date in November, turned up at The Memorial Park, took an educated guess at what 10km is,timed our own runs and just gave ourselves a pat on the back when we were done.
In short: Organisation is a huge let down! In full: It does not bode well when you do not have even an email acknowledging your entrance to a race, despite two emails to them asking, until 3-4 days before the event. Not even a holding email, nothing.
Arrived on the day, queues at registration, no idea which line I needed to be in, once done it was painless. There were 3 porta loo's near the finish, not enough for the number of runners.
We were instructed to follow someone to walk to the start, although I could not see a definite start line (maybe this is to mask the course coming up as short on most peoples GPS's!).
There were not water stations at every mile, only by the finish which you through 3 times before actually finishing. At the finish it was ladies to the right, guys to the left then joining a joint long queue for medals & t-shirts. There is no chip timing system so I would not rely on their "official" time, will go by my own.
I did a 10K the day before, pretty much for the same price, and it was plain to see which one was better organised!
There is much room for improvement on this event, but that seems to be a recurring theme with the feedback. MCC need to take note and make some changes.
In short: Organisation was a shambles In full: I have never complained about a race but if this 10k is done by MCC promotions again I wouldn't do it or any of their races. I had emailed them twice before the race about race numbers but they didn't get back to me. There were no signs up to say there was a 10k happening to help the runners not from Cov or the many other people in the park. The walk to the other side of the park from the registration area was ludicrous. There was no actual proper visual start line or finish line. I felt like I was intruding on park goers day, no sense of occasion at all. There was no race clock at the end, I am really not confident on them recording accurate times for everyone. Once finished I had to ask where to go to get my medal and was directed round the back of the tent where it was handed to me without a well done. The medal itself is very basic & cheap with no actual date or year on. Sorry for going on but I really don't like to see runners ripped off when we put so much into it. I would recommend the Kingsbury 10k which I did last week - fab course, amazing medal, brilliant organizers. Date of review: November 17, 2013
In short: Beware the toilet police!! In full: This event was in a public park, with public toilets. I would love to know what gives the organizers the right to to tell people that they cannot use the public toilets but must use the three very wobbly portaloos bought in for the event. The queues were that long I`m not even sure some people made the start! If you`re going to get the course distance wrong. Err on the side of caution and make it slightly longer. EVERYBODY I spoke to all said their GPS watches came up short, not great for people trying to claim a PB, even if it was advertised as a fun run. One plus point, all of the marshals were great, supportive and friendly. Not enough for me to ever do an MCC event again. Date of review: November 17, 2013
In short: Ok, organisers are nice people, marshals were great. Comms & organsiation aren't the best. In full: The course is 3 laps round the park, which is slightly boring. You are running along the pavements, which at times are overcrowded, with other people, bikes, prams etc (hence mildly challenging) who are using the park.
The pavements were also quite icy in places and no one had bothered to de-ice them, which was quite dangerous.
It was my first official 10k and I went along with about 15 others. It was an ok experience. Date of review: June 17, 2013
In full: Competed myself yesterday and shocked at the lack of organisation from start to finish. Clearly a very busy public park, who had no idea the race was taking place. Constantly battling dog walkers, non-race runners coming towards myself and people out for a stroll.
Rarely felt like a race. More an intrusion of people's Sunday morning. Can only imagine the results won't be up soon. Guy who finished behind me said; his Garmin clocked 10.2 KM, which wouldn't surprise me either - Paid £11.50 to register online, but had to collect my number before the race. Suppose £1.50 is for administrive costs (Postage, etc) and race-goers paying on the day, paid £10. Don't really get that.
Only my third race, but easily the worst one yet! Also complaints from 2011 are all the troubles I faced. Quick learners I see. Imagine 2013 will be more of the same. ***AVOID*** Date of review: November 19, 2012
In full: Too many obsticales in the way, dogs, bikes , other runners not in the race heading towards you.The course description says flat but its not , it has a good half of the course with gradual incline. medal and t- shirt not bad for a £10. Date of review: November 19, 2012
In short: Not bad but but course was repetetive (3.5laps). In full: Nice park (good advert for the 5k parkrun), price was reasonable, not enough signs for other park users (felt like I was on some kind of flashmob) dogs, grannies, bikes you name it we had to dodge round it.
Course was waaayy too repetetive (for me at least). Date of review: November 19, 2012