In short: Nice course, great marshals, poor organisation In full: What could have been a great even was let down by some poor organisation. The footbridges were extremely slippy it wouldn't have taken a lot of thought to send a team around the course early with some grit. Even the parts for spectators needed gritting, at least one supporter had to be taken away in an ambulance having slipped on the main bridge. Whilst I would assume this should have been done by Moors Valley staff the race organisers are the ones who took us there so have a responsibility to make it as safe as possible (can't really say it was unexpected on 29th dec).
This race doesn't have a UKA license so if you use the runbritan rankings it won't count and as I sit here Sunday morning there's still no word from organisors about where the results can be found (No info given out with registration etc.
As I said above shame because with a bit better organisation this could be a great event. Date of review: December 30, 2013
In short: Good value race In full: My second race in as many weeks after getting the racing bug. Definitely a much quieter race than Marwell. Organisation was OK, we turned up on the day and enterred, walked to the start and then someone said ready, steady, Go. Course was nice, not very hilly which was good for the time. People stopped and clapped either on the golf course or just walking which was nice. Not a big fan of doing laps on a course but it was managed fine by the marshalls and only a small section that was repeated. Water stations were on the repeating lap area which gave me the extra bit of energy to keep going. I only saw a distance marker at 9km which was enough to keep me going, luckily I run with a GPS watch so could keep track of how far I had to go or else I would have been demotivated. All in all, good value for money and a nice morning race. Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: Could be so much better In full: Quite a small field of runners so plenty of space to overtake, or in my case, be overtaken. The scenery was very good and the variety of track (Shingle, wood, tar and grass) was good. It is also good value for money. Now for the frustrating bits which if rectified would make for a much better race. Parking - £5.50 ... £7.50 if over 2 hours. Not the organisers fault but nearly the same cost as race entry which cant be right. It does make you run quicker to avoid the higher charge though. Only one of the marshals on the course showed any sort of encouragement. Very little clapping or words of encouragement except the guy in the forest where their is a left turn. No distance markers at all. Surely its not difficult to put a few of these out. I believe this was in aid of the youth marching band - where were they? Music is a motivator so I expected them to be playing somewhere on the course or towards the end. I would have even put a few quid in a collection tin if they were entertaining. The medal - unlike the other reviewer I do these races for medals as I won very little throughout my school years! Why no ribbon on the medal, I like to walk back to the car after a race looking like Mr T but this medal had to go straight in the pocket. Its a lovely race to do but could be so much better and would attract more runners if some of the above could be resolved. If its your first time doing this race then its worth doing for the course. Date of review: May 19, 2013
In full: Enjoyable race, last ran it back in 2005 and to be honest not a lot has changed. The route is lovely and flat different surfaces make it interesting, never like doing 2 laps but could have been worse. Lovely start going through the wood very nice. Got a little annoyed with kids and parents on their bikes on the path as sometimes you could tell they were not moving out of the way, bike rage!! Not bothered about lack of goodey bag or ribbonless medal as I don't enter for that reason. Marshalls did a good job and I thank them for there efforts. If you are a serious race competitor maybe this is not the race for you but if you just fancy a good little run out in picturesque surroundings then I thoroughly recommend it. Lastly please please can Moors Valley wave any car parking charges for race competitors or at least give some discount parking for runners as my charge after I had an ice cream was £7.20 and no it was not a big ice cream!!! Date of review: May 15, 2011
In short: Nice start to a family day out In full: This is a nice 10k in nice surroundings. There are off road and grassy bits, and winding, but flattish and reasonably quick. Quite a low key race but pleasant all round. 5k marker was there but not sure that it was accurate. 9k marker certainly wasn't! All in all, a lovely day out. Date of review: May 15, 2011
In short: Lovely route, but £5 parking and only one route marker (at 9km) In full: Nice route in a lovely place, and friendly marshalls. But: Parking was £5 for 2+ hours. I was prepared for just a 5km and 9km marker like last year, but there was only a 9km marker this year! And even that was more like at 9.5km so v difficult to judge how well we were doing. Shame the band only turned up after an hour! Also just a ribbonless medal :'( Date of review: May 9, 2010
In short: Nice friendly run in nice surroundings In full: Just got back and enjoyed it. Its very relaxed and small scale (no sound system, no massive crowds, no carnival athmosphere) but very friendly. Nice course, mainly twice round a lake. Although not flat as a pancake, it is pretty flat, and probably quite fast. Markers would have been nice! Date of review: May 9, 2010
In short: Nice flat course within the boundary of a scenic country park with good facilities. Would have appreciated some markers to indicate distance. Start was delayed, by about ten minutes, organisational problems? Date of review: May 14, 2009