In short: Great organisation and a fun event In full: Everything was pretty easy upon arrival, registration and number collection was right by the car park and only took a few minutes as did setting up in transition, again right by the car park. The race briefing was to the point with care taken to ensure that the no-drafting rules were very clear, I would assume because they have to be rigidly enforced as the race is an ETU qualifier.
The course is in no way flat, I was very surprised how undulating it was, this made first run pretty hard work. Plus, the quality of the field was extremely high so it was a little intimidating for a newcomer like me, especially as I was being passed constantly despite doing a reasonable pace. After the run the cycle was just brilliant fun, no cars or traffic lights, a lovely smooth surface, it was a blast. There were a couple of steep hills to endure but overall it was cracking fun. The drafting issue was really a non-issue as the track was so wide you could simply move over to the left or right instead of having to drop back. The final run was extremely hard work but didn't feel like too much of a slog, it was much quieter by then anyway as lots had finished.
Once over the finish line there were trays of jaffa cakes, wine gums, bananas and Cliff bars to dig into plus a pint of 0% Erdinger, that was nice to finish on. The goody bag was ok, you could also go over and collect your timings straight away. The results were posted really quickly and the day after all the official photos were posted so, assuming you'd been snapped you could download free pictures, a nice touch.
Overall it was a great day. The weather did help as it was sunny and dry but in addition the staff and marshals were cheery and encouraging, the venue was brilliant, the price reasonable. I'll be definitely looking at doing the next one. Date of review: October 3, 2016
In short: Great location, smooth surface rubbish prizes. In full: Ok I don't enter races just for the prize list but a tenner voucher and a mug is a little stingey and a very poor goody bag. Nice T-shirt design but I hate cotton ones which always end up as dusters. Who the F**k trains in a cotton t-shirt or wears an event t-shirt on the streets? Maon over and overall though, a very good event I will do again in March. Definitely should have got more people on the desks for number collection, as people where starting to panick getting there bikes locked out of transition, schoolboy error and ridiculous queues formed, although I did get there ridiculously early so was OK. The run is not flat but not too tough for beginners, main issue is remembering laps on a 9 lap bike event when you knackered and can't do maths in your head. Most support was on the short hill. I suppose as it's so spread out you're not going to walk over to the far reaches of the course. Date of review: October 25, 2011
In short: OK But not great In full: Oulton park is a nice enough venue for an event like this, traffic and pot hole free and so I looked forward to my maiden duathlon. I arrived early and there were already some queues to register so it was not a surprise the start time was delayed by around 20 minutes. Once underway the event ran smoothly, the pre-briefing made the do's and don'ts clear and the course was well laid out. The on course marshalls were not the most supportive I have ever run in front of, in fact very quiet. At £40 it's not a cheap event, the t shirt was ok but probably cost a tenner, I suspect the bulk of the cost went to the cost of securing the venue. Overall I'm glad I got my first event under my belt and that was enough keep me happy, I would look for more inspiring events for my next one. Date of review: October 7, 2011
In short: Complete lack of atmosphere! In full: This race costs £44 (without a BTF licence), for that you get a nice energy drink at the finish and not much else! There was no medal or even a t-shirt for many of us who didn't turn up early enough. But that is forgiveable if they can put on a great race with a good atmosphere... however this fell somewhat short of that. There were barely any spectators and the marshalls didn't offer any encouragement whatsoever. It's nice to cycle on smooth tarmac but nine laps of the some course is a little boring. The prizes weren't even worth the money it costs to enter! Date of review: October 3, 2011