In short: Great Occasion But Let Down By A Couple Of Things In full: This was the second Cancer Research 10K run I have done this year (the other was Stowe). In all, the organisation was good, but a couple of flaws dampened my day.
The first was the attitude of a couple of marshals on the gate, especially the one who threatened that my dog would be shot if it was taken into the Althorp estate. I understand that dogs may not be allowed, but his attitude stunk. What's more, I saw three dogs in the grounds, so my wife (and dog) had to miss out.
Secondly the KM markers seemed quite inaccurate and thanks to the marshall who told me there was 1KM to go when there was 2.5. I expended extra energy haha.
On the plus side, the crowd were fantastic and the course was glorious and I wouldn't knock the event for that in any way. I will definitely be back to support an excellent cause. Date of review: September 16, 2008
In short: Suits all, Good org. mix of road surfaces In full: Good race, really enjoyed it, well run, well laid out. Bit hilly in places. Nice run through the park. Some grassy / stony bits play with your knees. Would do again. Date of review: May 19, 2008
In short: Beautiful scenery and course let down by poor organisation In full: This was my first 10k run so naturally set a PB of 58 mins, sadly I could have knocked five minutes off this time if not for poor organisation of the event.
They tried to organise it marathon style with 30 min runners at the front, right down to 70m entrants. The MC made it clear that anyone who was doing it in 60 or 70 mins would be walking round hence everyone who intended to run set themselves up at the 40m start.
I stood at a modest 60m line with my companions based on a genuine estimate of what we could do.
When the race started it took me 5km to overtake everyone who had overestimated, one large group of about 15 people decided to give up running at the 1km mark and blocked the road.
All because the organisers had not set it up correctly at the start. I know its a charity event and all but a lot of people put in a lot of genuine hard graft to be able to run it in a decent time.
Aside from that rant the course was lovely, you went past the house and lake. It was very hilly and I think describing it as a little hilly was an understatement.
Very few toilets and not a lot of facilities for spectators aside from a burger van. There was free water before the event and very few toilets, for men there were urinals so not much queueing but a lot of ladies queued a long time.
The event had clearly (for want of a better expression) whored itself to Tesco. Logo was everywhere, including rather craslly on the medals.
A great beginner event as there are many beginners on it, can't see myself doing it again though. When I'm training for marathons it seems a little much to ask people for sponsorship for a 10k!
In short: Challenging Hills!!! In full: Lovely weather, mud, roads, nettles lanes, bridge. It was a very good run, harder than is stated. Some single file places so not great if your "racing", overall a lovely rund and would do again. Definately will do again but do more hill training! Date of review: October 14, 2007
In short: Thoroughly enjoyed it, and the weather was perfect too! In full: The weather came good for the day - not too hot and not too cold, and some sun. Very well organised, and a great carnival atmosphere. Following previous comments, got there early (9:30ish)to avoid toilet queue... which did happen again from about 10 onwards. Can thoroughly recommend this race (especially if you get there a bit earlier to avoid loo queue). Date of review: October 14, 2007
In short: Excellent for the runners, not so good for the spectators In full: An excellent course with a steady uphill for the first 5km and a good run back through the grounds. The six & 7th k's along the farm track were a little unexpected but overall the signage and marshalling were excellent.
Toilets were too few in number leading to long queues for both the toliets and the trees!! and there was a big opportunity lost by not putting on more events / stalls for the spectators.
In short: hillier than expected, not much for spectators, not enough loos In full: Good overall event. We both did a PB!! This was due to a bit of training on our part rather than a flat course I think?! There was an opportunity to make some more money for the cause if there had been some stalls there to entertain and take some money off the spectators but anyway an enjoyable day for us as runners! Date of review: October 15, 2006