In short: COVENTRY 10K MCC PROMOTIONS LACK ORGANISATION In full: This is the second year I have ran the Coventry 10k series race organised by MCC Promotions and have to say I can't believe they did a worse job than the 2013 chaos, This is meant to be a fun run but there is a complete lack of organisation by MMC Promotions with what appears to be very little in effort put forth to making this as good atmosphere for beginners and regulars alike. I'm sure most beginners are feeling never again, there no direction to where to register, two different start time stated most thought it to be 10:30 not 10:00, public blocking the finish funnel which was just grass beneath the muddy water, What a complete mess- I would advise avoiding any MCC Promotions run - the t-shirt was just an advertisement for all the upcoming MCC RUNS - Complete Shambles Date of review: November 18, 2014
In short: Lack of helpers, Meant long queues In full: Has the potential to be good race, Plenty of Marshalls around the course. However lack of helpers at start and finish meant look queues to register and collect tee shirt at the end. Lack of KM markers was disappointing. Race was late starting if weather had been bad this would have been a real problem Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: Hardly any KM markers - so you can't pace yourself! In full: This race is off road, approx three circuits around Coventry's War Memorial Park. The positive points are that there's no traffic, no pollution and the course is relatively flat so a PB is very possible. However, there are some bad points. The organisation was poor and we started late. Hardly anyone could hear the instructions at the start and some people got confused as to how many laps to do. Most annoyingly, there were hardly any KM markers apart from one at 2km and 8km so you had to guess your pace! Come on guys get this sorted out for next year because this could be a really good race. The fact that there were hardly any distance markers cost me a PB! Date of review: November 16, 2014
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