In short: The tram is too fast ! :o) In full: I thought I might have a chance against it, but no - it zooms off so quickly only the top handful of men seem able to keep pace... shame. The route was good, with some nice off road sections and plenty little hills. As you loop back a few times it was a good race for supporters as they could see you many times. I did have a couple of niggles though. Twice I had problems with marshalls. I was running with no-one in front of me for quite a bit of the race, and at a crossroads the marshall was too busy flirting with a spectator to show me where I should be going. I actually had to run over to them and start waving to get their attention. And second, was at the end a marshall said 'you're there' so I stopped, but was confused as it didnt look like the finish, and then, as someone passed me, I realised it wasn't the finish, and he turned round and said, oh no - its about 100 yds over there... You cant see the finish banner as you crest the last hill and as the finish tent is near the hill, I believed him when he said i was there. Oh well. Next year I'll know. The other niggle is about water. It was a v.hot day and it was lovely to pick up the drink in the woods. However as it was a two lap course I mistakenly thought the water would be available on the second lap and so threw my bottle away too early. Bit of a shock on the 2nd lap when I'd been looking forward to a drink to find the water stand was finished. For next year it would be helpful, especially if it's hot, if water could be available on the 2nd lap. I really liked the socks in the goody bag, and would have rather had these than a t-shirt.
In short: Very well organised again. Brilliant In full: The Wife nad Son both did the fun run which they both enjoyed nad got a lovely medal and goodie bag. The bacon butty and coffee for a £1 is excellent. As for the main 10k race same course as previous years but drier this year with only some slippery / muddy sections through the woods. No rain this year as well made a very pleasant end to the race with runners and families all over beamish halls front lawn. T shirt and goodie bag was again brillinat and very good value for money. The grass had been cut nice and short and plenty of very friendly marshalls all around the course. Great morning out and thanks must go to all the helpers and staff at Beamish. The tram is great fun for the spectators and my youngest son really enjoyed watch the runners struggle to beat the tram. We will all return again next year. Brilliant. Date of review: June 29, 2008
In short: pace yourself In full: i began the run full of energy as your guilded round the same route twice which is not very challenging and became a bit boring little did i know the 5k that was left was very hilly in long sections with lovley views of durham countryside all the marshalls were very encouraging all in all great day and look forward to next year Date of review: June 29, 2008
In short: Two races in one In full: First lap flat against the tram - don't go off too quick as second into the glorious countryside great views but undulating course (hills!!) Different from your normal 10k-ers with a pass round the scenic & interesting Beamish Museum - if not rushing away after the race? Date of review: May 8, 2008
In short: A challenging, multi terrain *hilly* race. Very enjoyable despite all that though. In full: A very enjoyable race. It could have been better with some more forewarning of the hilliness of the second half though - unless I'm the only one who was caught out by it. I'd definitely do this again. Date of review: June 27, 2007