In short: thought it was xmas come early In full: great day, scenery in the park is fantastic , always agreat run , done it a few times and will defo be back next year, its for a special cause , and a special thanks to the marshalls who stood in the cold encouraging everyone along.Well done. Date of review: November 28, 2010
In short: Brilliant race, In a fabulous setting In full: I love this race, The course was a little different this year, and possibly slightly over sized as oppose to short like last year! The freezing cold was soon lost when it began, All in all I could not fault anything about it. Superb, Amd a credit to all involved Date of review: November 28, 2010
In short: Great race and what a bargain In full: Great family race value for money incredible a nice medal,mince pies,free hot drinks the antlers were great (for my kids) and free entry into the park what a bargain for 12 quid the run was good but frrreezzing bit harsh on the ankles cross country but great race all in all see you next year Date of review: November 28, 2010
In short: Great race for a good cause! In full: Ridiculously cold weather didnt stop a very enjoyable race. Over a variety of terrain, none too extreme. Big respect for the race marshalls for guiding us in sub zero weather. Great race to end the year with and start the festive spirit. Date of review: November 28, 2010
In short: Simply Brillant In full: Love this race the organisation is fantastic and the marshalls are supportive and friendly. The course is challenging to say the least even without the freezing weather however, the run through the safari park on a winter morning is breath taking. The change in the course from last year meant about a kilometre of this run was off road would have preferred the run behind the hall Enjoyed the antlers and flashing nose and managed to keep them on Hot drink and mince pie very welcoming at the end. A big thank you to all the staff who were involved today. Merry Christmas to one and all Date of review: November 28, 2010
In short: Beautiful course, good atmos, it's not always about medals and goody bags y'know In full: I really liked this course, it was picturesque and mostly flat with, as other people have said, only the one pretty big hill at the 8K point (3K on the 5K course).
At the start line, it was a bit difficult to hear the warm-up but it was ok. There was a fairly fast start (although I was quite close to the front so maybe other people found it slower?) and right away we were into vast countryside with wildlife around us. There was only a little bit of mud along the 10K course that I saw, not bad at all.
The run was great and I definitely liked the change from running Sefton Park where the majority of the races I run are held. I enjoyed getting a mince pie afterwards, I liked seeing all the animals (the elephants and otters were out and about in their enclosures and I saw one giraffe in it's 'house'), it was a very welcoming non-elitist atmosphere, I bought a t-shirt and didn't mind that I had to pay and not get it free and I thought the kit bag was cool (actually saw a lot of them at the Santa Dash a week later so obviously more useful than some people thought). This was a race to raise money for a lifeboat appeal, we're in the midst of recession people aren't in a position to give as much as maybe they were last year so it's in pretty poor spirit to criticise the lack of goody bag and medal in a charity run that doesn't charge as much as some other events. Pre-entry and pre-race info stated clearly why the RNLI is not in a position to offer these so if you really are that driven by those rewards, maybe this isn't the race for you.
Although I wasn't able to take advantage of the free safari park entry (I don't drive), I thought that was great as an incentive. I'll definitely do this race again and I hope to see loads of other people doing it too!
One other note about the antlers, someone suggested that they be plastic so they don't go soggy in the rain; whose going to fund that? Cardboard breaks down so is less harmful to the environment and if you really want more durable antlers, do as other people did and buy your own. You can reuse them if you do the race every year and the RNLI will not have to put the entry fee up to cover the cost of plastic antlers. Date of review: December 7, 2009
In short: Beautiful course, loved getting to see the animals at the Safari Park too! In full: Shame it was a bit short on the day (about 450m) but these things happen. Lovely festive atmosphere, great warm up and a fun walk for the kids to do. Great family day out for a good cause - see you next year I hope! Date of review: December 3, 2009