In short: Accurate 10k - remeasured this year to confirm accuracy In full: See details of remeasurement below - GPS does not necessaroly give a definitive measurement plus you need to run the shortest path. The measurement team was Stewart Little (UKA Grade 1 measurer), Mike Sandford (UKA grade1/IAAF grade A measurer), and Ian Trussler who was a local runner (not a GPS wearer) and had accepted an offer to have a counter fitted to his bike and ride with us to find out what course measurement was all about. Unfortunately despite the race organiser, Will Scott, emailing round, none of the GPS wearers who had complained about the course showed up - we had offered to fit a counter to their bikes so that they could compare calibrated bicycle measurements with GPS measurements.
Although I had already calibrated my bike at home, we laid out a 300m long calibration course using a steel tape tensioned at 50N and corrected for the temperature of 13C. We then calibrated our bikes rode 1 lap of the 2 lap course, noting that the turning point was well marked with red paint. After recalibration we wroked out our results as follows:
Measurement by Mike Sandford (UKA Grade 1/IAAF grade A) 4997.5 m - within permissible range Measurement by Stewart Little (UKA Grade 1 measurer) 5001.4 m - within permissible range Measurement By Ian Trussler (trainee on first ever measurement ride) 5012.7 m - reasonable accuracy for trainee
All these results include the SCPF of 0.1%
The permissible range for what should have been exactly a 5000 m lap, based on my October 2005 measurement (+/- 0.1%) would be 4995 to 5005 m. No change to the course as certified in 2005 is necessary.
Stewart Little had his bike mounted GPS running, It recorded 5006 m for the lap which is actually in much better agreement with the true distance than is usual, perhaps a fluke. Stewart has observed that when he leaves his GPS stationary for an hour sometimes it records over 100m travelled!
So this episode turns out as we expected to be yet another case of GPS wearers causing local disquiet by rubbishing the careful work done by the race organiser and the measurer.
Mike Sandford - Measurement Secretary, South of England Athletic Asssociation www.coursemeasurement.org.uk email contact: email@example.com
In short: this was more than 10km In full: I USED MY ARMIN FORERUNNER AND IT MEASURED AT LEAST 03.KM OVER? DID ANYONE ELSE GET THAT??? SO THATS WHY NOONE ELSE GO PB'S AND DUE TO THE HEAT, DONT REALLY STAND A CHANCE HEHE.. Date of review: June 18, 2007
In short: A good day out for all the family... In full: This was my 4th 10k race and i was hoping to dip below 50 minutes for the first time. However the heat probably took its toll on quite a few of us and i couldnt get under 51 mins! All the moans and groans of other runners aside, wouldnt life be boring if everthing was perfect all the time?!? The heat was all part of the challenge, so too was the incline on mile 3 and 6 of the two laps. I have been to far worse organised 10k's and after all races have to grow from somewhere initially. This course has real pb potential but i feel others perhaps like myself need to do some more running in hot conditions to have a chance at cracking those much sought after better times!! I have unfinished business here and will be back next year to get that pb!! The stalls and fete after the event were great. Nice to have a flapjack and a pint of 'black rat' to aid the post-run recovery. Thanks Keevil and see you all next year! Date of review: June 11, 2007
In short: A family day out In full: The family arrived with helpful friendly marshalls directing us in, we registered and then the younger ones in the family went off to enjoy the stalls and rids they were perfect and plenty to keep them occupied and even better the money spent went to the local school. I was only there for the junior races, but as an ex-national runner I was surprised how well the run was organised. The junior races were great to see, with age catagories and trophy incentives, it great for the future of athletics. Thanks to all for a great day out. For those with negative responses(not the ones with creative advice)get a life! there is alot worse out there!!! enjoy and make do with what you are given, and concentrate on the fun of running! smile.. this normally works.. Date of review: June 11, 2007
In short: Disappointed by accuracy of posted results and lack of detail. In full: OK so I had a bad run, not helped by the hot weather, so that may jaundice my view somewhat. But when I find my time posted with a time 30seconds adrift of the bad time that I recorded I just wanted to go home! The posted results also didn't show name (luckily I remebered what my race number was) or club or category (which may have been a blessing that stopped me from being even more annoyed with my performance). Date of review: June 8, 2007
In short: First ever 10K it was too hot and I've done it quicker. Memorable. In full: Air strip not great as I don't like to see how far I've got to run!! Atmosphere very good. Date of review: June 8, 2007
In short: My first outing and thoroughly enjoyable In full: Nice atmosphere and seemed well organised to me. Sadly I had to pull up so never quite made it to the end and will never know if I would have broken the hour that I was aiming for.
Shame the massage people did not turn up as someone told me they were great last year. Not sure what the issue was with the £10 on the day as that is what I saw on the website a few weeks before. Anyone who left early missed all teh kids races which were superb and reminded me of the fact that all the money raised goes to support Keevil School.
I will definitely be back next year - and will finish it!!! Date of review: June 6, 2007
In short: Will never be a PB course In full: Its difficult to get vounteers for races so I dont want to criticise thier good efforts. However runners paid good money and therefore expect value, hence my critique.
I was promised an accurate UKA measured course and clear KM markers when I enquired prior to the event.
In short the timing was well and truly messed up, the biggest mess I have ever encountered, its still not right! Allegedly there was a UKA officail timing the race, had they been out on the booze the night before! A timimg mistake is absoloutley unforgivable. It really should be a case of money back to all runners.
To add even more confusion a rival runner from Bath assured me that the course was 'over distance', as he has been running competitley for over 30 years, I will bow to his superior knowledge.
Even though the course is flat (no bumps) it still has some long gradual gradients (one up and one down), coupled with then running into the wind 12mph plus, then you can forget a PB. I would imagine an ideal scenario for takeoff if flying.
Also the "shortest" part of the course has clumps of grass growing through tarmac, so you have to run around, petty maybe, but it all stacks up on the lap time.
The water station at the finish tunnel wasn't set up when I finished and the oragnisors were asking me my opinion on where they should be sighted.
I personally couldn't understand the km markers, they looked like cryptic motorway signs. No usual KM markings just two numbers on a waist level sign. A runner from Bath said he worked out the signage whilst ruinning, so maybe its just me, however not your usual clear/idiot proof standard KM signage that you get in road races.
I wasn't too pleased with my personal details being given out to an enquirer at the payment tent, whatever happend to data protection?
I was also charged £10.00 for an affiliated runner (£2.00p) more than advertised on runners world website. Yes I have taken into account on the day etc, should have been £8.oop. The subject was closed for discussion though, take it or leave it, no explanation offered.
Massage was unavalible which was a shame as its always good to take one after a race.
On the plus side there were a generous amount of portaloos.
Whitin 5-10 miles of the course there is some fantastic countryside, well worth visiting.
I hope that this will give runners a more detailed account as I feel that the 1-5 standard grading gives an inaccurate picture. Date of review: June 6, 2007
In short: Weather made it difficult, 2 laps tests the mind. May put 1st timers off, glad it wasn't my first race! In full: Was looking forward to the sports massage afterwards, but appeared not to be available. Date of review: June 5, 2007