In short: Technical t-shirt was brilliant In full: I liked the fact that there were no medals. Medals are for those that are in the top three - special people who we all look up to. The technical t shirt is all you need anyway and if you got a PB then that trumps all the hardware anyway. Good work peeps! Date of review: April 3, 2014
In short: Well organised friendly race In full: Not-with-standing a tatty finish?, awkwardly parked cars&vans? and traffic furniture? - Bollards !! - all of which I missed ( a bit worryingly !! )...I thought this was an excellent well organised race with friendly marshals on a course and weather that definitely had PB potential. Running through the countryside lanes was amused at halfway with the field of donkeys that were running round faster than me. Chip timing this year was good addition. Briefly queued after finish to get my time from chip timers screen but link was down - but then found the times were already on the wall in HQ main hall.
In short: Superb as always, but a little food for thought In full: Tremendous race, friendly organisation, nice easy second half which is mainly downhill.
Superb tech T, with the kind of design you'd be happy to wear (other races take note!)
Very quick delivery of results, half of which were up at Race HQ during the prize-giving.
Spot on at HQ with number collection etc. Usefully signed, brilliantly well marshalled and plenty of warning given to get to the start.
Road crossings were superb, and felt very safe even though roads were open. Very well done on this, as it really does make a difference.
However, some minor gripes. Some unfortunately parked cars early on in the route, including one on Sunderland Road, and a van which caused a bottleneck of runners on the thin path into Northcroft. The section prior to the first sweeping uphill corner on Sunderland Road was the point where marshalls were getting tough on directing people on to the pavement. Given the number of runners at this stage, it caused a bit of a jam and slowed progress for many. More worrying though, this stretch has concrete bollards which are impossible to see when there are people in front of you. I run this road twice a week, and I still nearly ran into a couple of them! The odd marshal on the pavement stood in front of the first one might be useful. At the water stations, which were superbly operated, I'd suggest stationing the marshal with the binbag a little further away to help with the litter situation. Many people around me were hanging on to their cups a little longer and simply dumped them on the ground.
Skip to the end... The finish gantry looked a little, well, weathered? More than one person commented that it looked unsightly and not exactly inspiring confidence that it wouldn't collapse on runners passing underneath! Another suggestion I'd make - a banner saying "Finish" on the other side of the gantry will make for better photo opportunities. After the finish, it was very disappointing that the squash made available to the first few hundred runners had run out by about the 1hr 40 mark. Water was still there, but with numbers known beforehand, it does seem a bit of an unfortunate thing to have happened. Medal would have been nice, but lack of this was more than made up for by the introduction of chip timing. Oh, and please get the nice guy in race HQ a more powerful amplifier!
Note however that all the above are all pretty harsh, and didn't detract from a brilliant race. Biggleswade AC can always be relied upon to put a great event together, and once again this was a real gem. Congrats to all concerned.
In short: Very scenic 10 mile course, with funky marshall headgear In full: First time I've run this, but will be back again next year. The course itself has a hill at about mile 2, but it's not that bad as it's more of a climb up than a sharp slog up. The good part is you run down it on the return! Once you've conquered that, the course is basically flat and a good chance to put the hammer down. Very well marshalled with each marshal having "unique" headgear on. Plenty of parking and having changing rooms with hot showers was a bonus. Would have liked a medal, but the technical t-shirt is excellent though. Nice you could collect this before the race, especially as after the race they were only left with XL and S I think, which left some people with interesting sizing choices! Weather was nice and very scenic with fields and horses en route. Also a name check on the PA as you cross the finish line was a nice touch. Date of review: March 30, 2014
In short: Well organised friendly and enjoyable race In full: Starts with an up hill. Ends with a down hill. Nice scenery. Great support from marshals and also from locals. Competitors mainly club runners and all friendly too! Nice atmosphere. Hope to be back next year. Date of review: April 12, 2013
In short: Mostly club runners but very welcoming and good crowds, we'll be back next year!! In full: Our first ten mile race and we really enjoyed it. Very well organised and marshalled. Being told by one marshall 'go on, there's a nice bottle of beer waiting' half a mile from the end was wonderful news - and he wasn't joking! Knowing that you've got the one major hill out of the way at the start is reassuring, and of course means it's mostly downhill at the end. My two minor niggles (not complaints) were that there could have been more toilets, and a medal would have been nice for the collection. Date of review: April 8, 2013
In short: Superb race, ran like clockwork, well worth doing In full: Another great race organised by Biggleswade AC. Fabulous weather, a lovely fast course, great t.shirt and excellently marshalled and supported throughout. I cannot rate this event highly enough. Made up of mainly club runners but welcoming to all. A great job, thanks. Date of review: April 7, 2013