In short: challenging but great In full: Brilliant organisation with plenty of marshals. Beautiful scenery. Challenging hills but a great race. Will definitely do it again. Date of review: October 20, 2014
In short: This definitely Yorkshire flat! Very hilly, stunning views on a nice day (which it was), not a PB course. But a definite one for the diary, set in a wonderful location, superbly organised and marshalled, and all funds go to Barnsley Hospice. Date of review: October 19, 2014
In short: Very hard 10k! Well done to Barnsley Hospice for saving the event In full: Quite possibly the hardest race I've done. Loads of long steep hills. The goody bag for a small event was really good, especially as the event was saved at the last minute by Barnsley Hospice. The organisers deserve great credit for all their efforts. Date of review: September 24, 2013
In short: Potential to be a great race In full: Agree with comments about toilets, water stops and crowding but they are relatively easy to resolve. Enjoyed the route and now I know about the challenging last km I'll save a bit next year! Date of review: August 23, 2012
In short: Room for improvement. In full: I did set a PB on this course and it was a surprisingly challenging last km. As already said 1.Toilets- Non existent 2.Pre race registration a farce and start instructions PA v.poor. 3.Still only very basic race positions, ie no age categories on results page (on another site) I finished in the top 25 and Traffic wasn't a problem or crowds at the end. Seemed to be a lot of new runners not many club runners,so standard wasn't that high(40min 25s got me 22nd out of over 550!) Oh and I clocked it at 9.77 kms lots of other experienced runners thought it was short too. Apart from that I enjoyed it! Date of review: August 18, 2012
In short: poor organisation In full: water station issues, even at the finish line!! The photo on Barnsley Hospice facebook page clearly shows the problem... 2 volunteers with 1 table and 15-20 cups of water ready for 700+ runners coming in, the majority not having had a drink for the last 10k!! No one was directing at the finish line so there was a build up of both runners and non-runners stood like muppets, not knowing where they should be going.
The biggest issue was safety... More than once my friend and I had to move over for cars to pass and not hit us whilst running!!! Date of review: August 14, 2012
In short: Must try harder In full: As a permanent race fixture this event has great potential, however i think some lessons need to be learn't mainly: 1. Toilet facilities at the start 2. Bigger & better KM markers, i missed all 9, & i'm not blind. 3. One water station was insufficient 4. Finish was too tight with spectators encroaching. All things that can be easily rectified, hope they do it again next year...
P.S. Where are the results?????? Date of review: August 13, 2012
In short: Good, challenging course with excellent setting for the finish In full: I don't want to repeat everything already said, and as a first race it was OK with a number of areas for improvement. Key ones for me:
1. you really need to be better with the drinks station. Runners in the stride don;t want to stop and wait for someone to fill a cup. I just skipped it as I could see what was happening.
2. At the finish you need to keep non-runners well away from the actual finish line. They really clogged it up and with many there who i suspect hadn't been to races before, they really (but not intentionally) got in the way.
I hope you have another go next year as i really enjoyed the course. But definate room for improvement. Thanks to all the supporters and marshalls who did their best. Date of review: August 13, 2012
In short: ok In full: lots of improvements needed please ie, toilets at start, more water stations (better manned) and much much better traffic control. oh and sort out a better PA system :-D Date of review: August 12, 2012