In short: first chance first class In full: busy start but what race isn't, great run and a great location. why they made us climb the stairs at the HQ just so we walked past the coffee shop was abit silly just have a sign to the shop next time! Date of review: January 9, 2012
In short: CHIPS!!! In full: Only downside to this super fast and beginner friendly course was a) Lack of signs (infact NO signs) to direct runners from the recommended carparking to the Race HQ and to the start....and b) Time chip fiasco! Queuing in sub zero temperatures to collect something which could easily have been sent in the post delayed the start by 15 minutes. Other than that, fast course, lovely friendly marshalls and lots of apologies r.e the chips! Date of review: January 3, 2010
In short: Does what it says on the packet - very flat & PB potential In full: Well organized & friendly. Timing chips with the option of obtaining your result immediately - brilliant idea. A PB by 45secs. Oh that the wind wasn't gusting against us!! Date of review: January 19, 2009
In short: PB Potential, well organised. Very flat In full: Great well organised event as usual. Well signposted to get there and HQ. One of the smoothest run races I have ever been to. Only downside is the route it is just a bit too flat for me. Great towel as a momento. Date of review: January 18, 2009
In short: Bags of PB potential here, even on a windy day In full: This was only my second 10k, but the prospects of a PB weren't looking good on Saturday with high winds gusting across the South West. By the time of the start, though, the wind was down to moderate and, thank goodness, it was dry and even a little bit sunny. The pre-race instructions/directions were easy to follow. Race HQ was passable, but nothing special, so it's no great loss that the route (and presumably the HQ?) may change for 2010.
Timing chips were great - a velcro ankle-band is so much less fiddly than tyvek strips. Top marks here, also for the excellent software used. I particularly liked the terminal set up at the finish which allowed you to put in your race number and see your official time immediately. (A bit like the stock-checker computer at Argos, but much more rewarding to use!)
The course itself was as flat as expected - two laps of a loop in the flat bit of the already flat Exe valley just below the Quay, which a short run into the loop and out again to start and finish. Excellent km markers - all very clear - and a great team of cheerful marshalls (probably pleased at the lack of rain too!). The proximity to central Exeter seemeed to draw out a reasonable crowd too, which was nice.
A friendly race, well-organised and I would certainly do it again. Top marks too for the memento, a towel with embroidered race inscription instead of a medal or statuette!
Oh, and yes, I got that PB. Date of review: January 18, 2009