In short: Great day, great run In full: A good run especially in the rain. Excellant organisation and support. Shame about too many people wearing ear pieces when not allowed Date of review: June 10, 2011
In short: Fantastic In full: After pretty much weeks of glorious weatehr, and the prospect of running in 30+ degrees 2 days before hand, it absolutely lashed it down on the day. Fortunately it made for almost ideal running conditions, as the wind from the morning had dropped as well. Route has changed slightly from previous years, and this is for the better. Did seem to take a longer to get across the start line for some reason this year though. Marshalls seemed to be friendlier and more encoraging than in previous years, which was good as the crowds were significantly down due to the rain. All the other runners seem to be friendly as well. If you are travelling for this event, bring the family and get them involved in the minithons in the morning, make a day of it. Well worth it. Or even better make a weekend of it, as you can pick up your number the day before. Thanks to Poole Runners - very well sorted once again. Date of review: June 7, 2011
In short: Wet, but fun In full: A damp day, but nice and cooling, and all in all a really good race. The course is pretty much flat all the way round (2 laps) with only a couple of short inclines. It was a bit crowded on the first lap as some of the paths are narrow so there was a bit of puddle and people dodging going on.
Loads of water stops and good marshalling - although a little bad tempered in a couple of instances "GET OFF THE PAVEMENT - STAY ON THE ROAD".
Mezza Luna, the Italian restaurant in the park and nothing to do with the race, was comically bad. We'd arrived early (as per the instructions) to pick up the number and family were going to have a bite to eat whilst I ran. Restaurant was far from full but even so had stopped serving food at 1.15pm as they "were too busy". Who could have predicted they would be busy on race day?
Lots of stuff to keep the kids happy (bouncy castles and the like), and a friendly crowd of runners and supporters.
Really enjoyable day, and a very usable running shirt to take away. Thanks to the organisers, will definitely be back next year.