In short: cracking 10k, great cause In full: cracking 10k for a great cause. Decent numbers turned out to run/spectate and the weather played ball. the last couple of Km is straight into the wind, great fun though and even beat my PB by 2 mins.
The medal isn't the greatest however for the cost of entry and cause im not complaining.......will definitely be doing again in 2014 Date of review: September 20, 2013
In short: Fast flat course with some decent views In full: Very nice course on closed roads (small section on grass) PB potential, depending on how strong the wind is on the way back along the seafront. Date of review: September 16, 2013
In short: Great charity!! Worth it for that..... In full: This has been getting better each year and is now worthy of a 10k place along with other local 10k races. Good start and finish, normally windy and this year did not dissapoint! Great charity and worthy of doing for that alone. Thanks Chestnut Tree House. Date of review: September 16, 2013
In short: Thanks. Much, much better than previous years! In full: This is my fourth time at this event and I'm pleased to say it was organized very well this year. The marshals were particularly good and very encouraging to all.
Three slight niggles. The "Start/Finish" banner was set up the wrong way round at the start and the "Finish" banner nowhere to be seen at the end. This is quite important to help you gauge whether it's worth sprinting for a better time.
Secondly, why does the Finish line have to be several hundred metres from the Start? Surely it would be better and easier to have them together and adjust the course accordingly?!
Thirdly, can't the council be persuaded to make the Pay and Display free?! Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: Superb! In full: Very well organised right from the parking, all the way to the finish line. Plenty of marshalling - km markers seemed to be accurate, although I didn't use my Garmin, just by the timings.
Plenty of water stations and loads of room to run on a well thought out flat course. Roads closed, so traffic free, although most of the run was on the seafront and around the park. I would definitely do it again and would highly recommend to new runners. Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: SEEMS LIKE THE ORGANISERS HAVE LISTENED CAREFULLY TO ADVICE In full: I very nearly did not enter this race due to a large number of reports but it seems to me that the organisers have responded well to the advice of RW readers. The free parking was well organised, the start was organised so you ran with people of equal ability, the course was flat and fast and there were more marshals on the course than you would find at the London Marathon! For the grassed areas any potholes were sprayed with bright pink paint, all local roads were closed, there were at least 3 water stations and we got a goody bag at the end. Well done to everyone involved and well done for listening to the RW reviewers. Date of review: September 16, 2012
In short: Despite the windy weather it would have been a 10k PB had it not been 7miles!! In full: A local race for a very good cause, I will do it again for sure.
It was great to have chip timing. I would like to point out to some below who commented about only having a gun time and not chip that if they look on the results site and search for their number it actually gives both a "net" time (chip time) and a "finish" time (gun time). All races tend to go by gun time for finishing places so there seems to be no issue here.
The start/finish of the race was great, good marshalls and happy people giving out nice goody bags. Also a free drink voucher for the cafee (although I didn't notice this until I got home).
So here for the down side, I know everyone has already pointed out and I'm sure it wont happen next year, but the turning point was way off! I felt for the marshall who was in the wrong place, he obviously wasn't given enough instruction, there needed to be a cone in place before the race even started to make it clear. The leaders had to actually ask where the turn was - not realising they'd totally missed it. So this caused the race to go through a narrow gate which was a bottleneck. Also people were turning anti-clockwise which was a problem as later we had to cross over all the runners on our way back to get onto the shingle, complete nightmare as lots of volume of runners and could so easily have run into each other!!
I have also heard that the bit around the lake was a problem for the leaders. Runner 1 and 2 ran too far out, runner 3 and 4 were following, runner 5 and 6 shouted to say they'd gone wrong way. Runner 5 and 6 took the correct course so they became the leaders!! The 3rd and 4th turned back so stayed in that position, but the leaders ended up in 5th and 6th position!! So more marshalls needed here. They must have been gutted.
Overall it was a bit of a shambles and I felt dissapointed not to have achieved a PB. But I'm glad so much was able to be raised for such a good cause and it was nice to have a well supported 7 mile training run.
In short: Excellent charity race In full: Ran this one without my Garmin. At least I now know why my time was much worse than a normal 10k time. A simple mistake by the marshalls but I forgive them - its a charity race for a worthwhile cause. Will be back again next year. Medal is rubbish but I guess it means that more money goes direct to the charity - not a bad thing. Date of review: September 12, 2011