In short: Badly organised, inaccurately measured, poor! In full: The icing on the cake was certainly the 25 minute wait for the "goody bag" at the end which was rubbish! I finished in 53 mins, those who were slower had ALOT longer wait! No atmosphere. Was later advised that it was actually more than 10km because a marshall was stood in the wrong place. Date of review: August 13, 2013
In short: Poor organisation and inaccurate route In full: Hard to come up with much that is positive about this poorly organised race. The extra lap around the track at the start wasn't adequately compensated by other route changes, so the race was at least 150m longer than 10k. There was rudeness from some (not all) of the marshals and stadium staff; the goody bag was a joke and queues to collect them were ridiculous, inadequate toilets and permitting a photographer to remain on the track after the start was downright dangerous. By comparison, almost any parkrun - completely organised by amateur volunteers - ia a model of professionalism by comparison. At least the parking was plentiful and free, though cars should have been permitted to leave at least 10-15 minutes earlier by which time there were hardly any runners left at that point on the course. Oh, and it was sunny, but you can't give the organisers credit for that. Date of review: July 24, 2013
In short: "we love to make a profit" race. Appaling organisation In full: Waited over 45 mins outside in queue to collect bag. If the weather had been bad this would have been a night mare. A sachet of sugar as a gift! WTF. The "hight quality rucksacks" have snapped at the zip already after one use. Many People didn't do the full 2 track laps as it was not explained. Signage was rubbish, attitude of those on the doors was incredibly poor, treating people like children Date of review: July 18, 2013
In short: This race has gone pear shaped since last year In full: In 2012 this race was a lot better organised. The two main differences last year were a) you could collect your goody bag before the race, thus easing congestion at the end and b) runners were allowed to move more freely in and out of the sportshall, with none of the "you can't come in this entrance it's exit only" attitude. Last year we aslo didn't run one and a half laps of the track before the race, only about 350 metres and the same at the end. This race really needed wave starts as a 400m track cannot accommodate 2000 runners. Thankfully I got the early bird £8 entry but I can imagine if you paid full price you'd be pretty hacked of at being ripped off in such a brazen way Date of review: July 18, 2013
In short: Poor organisation and a pretty bland course In full: As many others have mentioned the shambles at the start with the extra loop meaning over 2000 people were circling the track and it was way too crowded. At 2k my Garmin was on 2.4k and this stayed this way until 8k where it almost came back into line (about 0.15k out).
The attitude of the door staff in the stadium was terrible. Really miserable and constantly barking at people. There was also one marshal on the course who was shouting at people to run on the road, not the pavement. Absolutely no reason for this, nor his attitude.
The water stop was good and provided full bottles unlike another event i did at Philips park (legacy events) where they provided a plastic cup full of sugary water which was vile!
It was a shame there was no tech t-shirt in the goody bag as the entry price probably warranted this. Also no medal (I'm new to running so i still like to get a medal to keep at home)
The course itself for anyone wanting to run it next year was all road based. Nothing you would really class as a hill. Was undulating for pretty much the whole course. Due to most of the course being round industrial buildings there was plenty of shade although stood in the stadium waiting to start it was very warm!!
I probably wont do this race again due to the vast number of other local races there are to choose from.
In short: What happened In full: I really enjoyed this race last year. but the 2 laps around the track at the start was a mess and the queue to get the goody bag was a joke. Also unhelpfull jobsworth staff making a hot day race even worse. they also should of put more water stations on such a hot day. Definitely not doing any races with sports tours international again. Date of review: July 18, 2013
In short: Enjoyed the run at the tme but now feel a little disappointed by the hitches... In full: An ok race - was convinced I'd done a PB but like many others not sure now how far I actually ran. Queue for the bag was annoying but great for parking/ warming up/plenty of space at the start. I did the 2 laps at the start and didn't notice any problems. Anyone else find no 'official photo'...? - I don't think that many were taken... Date of review: July 17, 2013
In short: Course too long, markers in the wrong place, chaotic start, chip times wrong at first In full: I'll just add my agreement to the comments made by others about the course being too long, the chaos at the start running two laps of the track, the photographer in the way etc. Date of review: July 17, 2013
In short: Over-distanced, inaccurate km markers, several people wiped out at the start In full: The race was a good 150m too long, due to a seeming last minute change to do 2 laps of the track initially (not previously advertised). km markers were at least 300m off each (not updated following the course change)! Also the photographer remained on track at the start causing several people to fall over.
Catered towards the sub 1 hour runner, not good for anyone faster. Date of review: July 16, 2013