In short: fast & flat but poor value In full: It's Dorney lake so you know you're going to get a quick race if the wind isn't up. However for the money they charge you would think they could get a UKA licence & some distance markers. A prize fund would be nice too! Date of review: March 6, 2014
In short: Sub-standard. Sunshine and the other runners made this, despite the organisers In full: Poorly organised from registration through the marshalling and water stop. Expensive and not really memorable. One to avoid in future unless Votwo make much more of an effort. Date of review: February 2, 2014
In short: Expensive for what we got. In full: £18 was rather expensive for a race with little support from marshalls and nothing but a bottle of Gatorade (would prefer water) and a medal at the finish. A piece of fruit or cereal bar would have been nice too - the only food alternative was to pay for something at the burger van. The water station was poorly situated right at the tight turn around the "out and back" cone meaning people were slowing down/stopping altogether at a narrow part of the course causing congestion. On the first lap the marshalls couldn't pour cups of water quick enough meaning runners were having to wait for water. Only 2 marshalls actually gave any encouragement, the rest stood with hands in pockets looking unhappy about the dull weather. All in all, a pleasant run, despite the gruelling winds, but for £18 I expected a bit more for my money. Date of review: February 2, 2014
In short: Flat course, good surface, however there are improvements that could be made not just for runners but supporters too. For the entry fee, there are better races around. Date of review: February 1, 2014
In short: Nice course but you could do it on your own and save the 18 quid In full: Reading past reviews it seems this race is improving (proper timing chips this time) but it's still not worth 18 quid. You could turn up any weekend, pay £2.50 parking and have exactly the same experience. It's a nice flat route but any breeze turns into a hellish crosswind given how exposed the landscape is.
It's seems the organisers are trying to run the event at as little cost as possible to maximise their profit. The same small tent is used for registration, sales stall and bag storage, there's no shelter from elements at the start/finish area, no KM markers, only a bottle of gatorade with the medal at the end and the one drinks station was paper cups which are impossible to drink out or when running. If a bit more effort was put into this it would be a really nice event and worth the entry fee and more people would probably do it.
In summary happy with the actual run and my time but left with a niggling feeling I've been mugged... Date of review: February 1, 2014
In short: Fast but a bit dull In full: Ran the 10k. There was another two events at the same time, a 5k and a 20k. Nicely organised, no real complaints. Other than a few minor inclines and bridges this course is flat.
Going round 4 times for the 20k could become very tiresome, but if you are after a qucik 10k, this is a probably once the best courses to run.
You get your race time straight away and a decent little medal. Date of review: April 8, 2013
In short: Not as bad as I thought, but £18 is steep for what you get. In full: I signed up for this last week and didn't read the reviews until the night before. Actually I'm glad I didn't read the reviews first as the negative comments might have put me off. In truth it wasn't THAT bad. The races had a small field and there was a nice relaxed atmosphere. It was nice to see the venue as well having seen it on TV for the Olympics. There were plenty of marshals - no problems with them. There was also plenty of parking - right next to start/finish line. Refreshments for spectators and toilets also on site. The chip system used has been discussed and is not great but it just about did the job in it's own rather quaint way - but then this was my first 10k of the year so I wasn't really taking it that seriously. It was nice to get a print out of the time straight away and see your position displayed on the TV screen at the finish. I agree about the turn around the cone - the course would be better off without that. Goody bag was just a load of leaflets and a Gatorade (plus finisher's medal). All in all I would probably do this again, but it's certainly not one that I would prioritise over other races if there was a clash in my calendar. It's also not great value for money compared to ALL the other races I normally do throughout the year. Votwo should try re-thinking the whole thing a bit for next time as it wouldn't take much to turn this from a fairly low-scoring race to one that people would really look forward to. (I am now tempted to try the 10k organised by F3 Events at Dorney next Saturday to see how they do it).
In short: Absolute pants. In full: Completely unnecessary 'run-round-the-cone' section detracted from the much-trumpeted PB potential and pretty much summed it up for me today. (Seriously - just move the start and finish back a little or something! I appreciate the issues inherent in trying to make a multi-lap race just the right length, but definitely better ways to handle this!) Marshal nearly sent me on for another lap at the end, which wasn't brilliant either. Had to stop dead and give someone my timing chip at the finish and then stand and wait while my info was keyed into the computer so they could give me a time printout - could definitely feel my calves seizing up, and would much rather just warm down nicely and go check the results later. Also, £17 to enter the 5k (on the day), and the goody bag was a medal and a bottle of gatorade. No prizes for the 5k, just little trophies. (People who ranked for 10k got t-shirts). Not terribly impressed, particularly as there are free, weekly 5ks all over the country these days. If you're going to try and make money out of organising races, you really need to put the extra effort in to get it right! Date of review: April 7, 2013