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
In short: Does what it says on the tin. In full: Very flat and quite quick. The scenery is ok, the atmosphere is lacking and I felt really sorry for the half marathon guys running on their own! When will race organisers get the stewards together and tell them to clap, cheer, encourage etc rather than stand there with their hands in their pockets? Otherwise well organised. Date of review: March 4, 2013