In short: A good event and one to do again In full: I made a 'night before' decision to run in the event for the first time and I was glad I did. A really nice course and the quickest time I have done for a while. Well Marshalled and signed. 3 water points were ideal for the weather. Good support from the local populas on the route. Only downside was the field car park exiting through the same gate as runners entering for the finish which caused some issue but rectifiable. I'd run it again Date of review: June 7, 2016
In short: Great fast and scenic course but aspects let it down In full: As far as the race goes, this was a great, fast route on road with lovely scenery. The marshals on the course were largely friendly and I appreciated the water stops on a hot day. The collection of the race numbers was also efficient. A nice medal, no goody bag, just water at the end. ( the biscuits must have gone by the time I came in) What let the race down was the lack of toilet facilities at the start and those at the village hall being too few and not functioning. The finish of the race was concerning with the runners coming into the same entrance as cars leaving the field (despite there being a separate pedestrian entrance into the field that could have been used). There was a bunch of marshals trying to direct cars from 2 directions out of the field and across the runners route. As a result runners were mistaking the hand signals intended for the cars and running in the wrong direction. This was a real safety issue having cars driving out of an entrance intended for incoming runners. Date of review: June 6, 2016
In short: The overall runners' experience was lacking - could do with more thought put into it In full: No problem with race itself, water stations and marshalling all fine, but overall atmosphere felt a bit flat. No pre-race warm-up, Race HQ is away from the start across a main road, there were a mere 5 female toilets (and hence long queues), none of them flushed and also no loo paper! It was great of the Scouts to provide refreshments from their hut, but there was nothing provided on the field at the end other than cups of water (admittedly plenty) and a biscuit. I was also concerned by the carpark entry/exit doubling as the finish to the race. It felt like a bland corporate event rather than a local race with any character. Date of review: June 6, 2016
In short: Lovely course but chaotic at the finish line In full: This was a really lovely scenic route through country lanes. Having 3 water stations for a 10K was a total bonus especially with the hot weather.
The downside was the toilets being a fair walk away (and a number of them didn't flush) and long queues.
The most surprising however, was that cars were able to leave through the exit where the runners came in. It felt completely chaotic and dangerous at the same time with a number of volunteers shouting different instructions to cars exiting from 2 directions and during this runners were coming through and not being pointed to the finish line and going off in the wrong direction! I'm not sure that would encourage me to do this race again. Date of review: June 6, 2016
In short: Great! In full: Pretty 10k on a flat course. Was a little bit warm but there were 3 water stops on the course and lots of water at the finish so no problems there. Basic organisation, toilets were a five minute walk away in scout hut and village hall but there were enough of them. No goodie bag or anything, as you would expect for the reasonable price, but there were fig rolls and jaffa cakes at the end for finishers. Lovely race with a relaxed atmosphere, and I will be back next year :) Date of review: June 6, 2016
In short: Made for PB In full: Yes, as people mention the toilet situation is not ideal but that aside this course is one for PB. The course is run through lovely lanes and there is just one little climb throughout—if I recall. As ever with Nicework races, the races are chipped, the organisation great and the event well marshaled. Fig Rolls and Jaffa Cakes at the end! Date of review: June 17, 2015