In short: Nice race, friendly town, BIG medal! In full: This seemed like a nice race to do, having found it by chance on the Runner's World website.
NEGATIVE: There were two main ones to point out here. Firstly, the race entry was a bit steep for a 5K at £17 plus a further £8 for an optional T-shirt. Secondly, the race was advertised as starting at 10am, but I arrived to find the race starting 30mins early. I know I wasn't the only one in the same position, as there were others too. There wasn't as big a turnout as I was expecting and spectators/supporters were a thin in numbers, except in the home straight.
POSITIVE: Despite the problems of the changed start time, I still managed to get under the start arch about five minutes after the field had left. The race was ofcourse chip-timed, so I knew I would get an accurate time for my run. The young volunteers were very helpful at the start as they helped me to scramble my number and chip on. Those individuals who missed the race start, did receive refund on their race entry and fortunately they had only come from nearby Eastbourne. The race was on a Friday and as a Muslim, I needed to wash properly before prayers. I had asked the race organisers before race day if use of a shower would be possible afetr the race, and one was promised. The race director kindly got his younger brother to show me to a gym around the corner from the race start, where I was given use of their private shower room. This was a very kind gesture on the race director's part, for which I sent him an e-mail of thanks.
GOODY-BAG & MEDAL: There was no goody bag, but bottles of water were provided at the finish and you could purchase a souvenir T-shirt. The medal was of excellent quality and HUGE! the biggest one I have in my collection.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the day and everything went well with no major hiccups, except missing my first train from London. The weather was sublime too. Date of review: May 21, 2011
In short: Travelled all the way from Birmingham and was well worth it! In full: Very well organised race, came from Birmingham for a weekend away and to do this race. Saw the flat course and thought it had PB potential and it definitely did :) Marshals were brilliant, very friendly, had chip timing and the results were on the website the same day and the race photos were on the next day. If this becomes an annual event i would recommend it to everyone. Date of review: May 1, 2011
In short: Great choice for my first race In full: I was very pleased to have chosen this for my first race. The organisers were friendly & welcoming and the course was well-marked with lots of smiley marshals. The website had said it would be a fast course so I was a bit worried about being left miles behind, but there was a wide mix of abilities so I was happily middly! Plus I beat my PB by about 2 minutes! Date of review: April 29, 2011