In short: Good Race In full: This was my 1st race (Jo not John)- hard but enjoyed it - ran with best friend Leona and daughter Bethany - they kept me going!! Thank you to both of you - I could n't have done it without you. Love Jo xxx PS: When is the next one?! Date of review: June 24, 2007
In short: Better organised compared to 2006 but not 5K In full: The start was much better than last year, with runners clearly separated from the walkers (although no amount of organisation can stop walkers joining in with the runners and walking by the first corner) My km splits were 7, 7, 6, 5, 5 mins and I supposedly got from 3km at 20:30 to 5km at 30:43. My PB to date is 32:01, and this race was muddy under foot, slow going in places due to single file traffic in long grass and me taking it easy as I'm recovering from a bad ankle, so I'd say there was no way it was 5km.
Still, at the end of the day it's for charity, so I shouldn't complain. Date of review: June 24, 2007
In short: Great run, with great friends In full: Thanks Josephine for really trying. Really proud, and we all understand how hard it was for you to get out there and put your legs into action. Looking forward to our next one xxx Date of review: June 24, 2007
In short: V much a charity race, great for beginners. Hopeless if you want to run and don't start near the front In full: Good charity event, very good for beginners. One compalaint to the organisers though - if you're going to have someone waving a flag with "runners" written on it who promises to take runners to the front so they can actually run please can he make sure that he doesn't lead them to the back instead? I know its a charity event but if you want to run it takes away the enjoyment somewhat if you spend the first 10 mins of the race tripping over the walkers and am sure its not great for the walkers either. Date of review: June 24, 2007
In short: Good fun but obviously not a serious race In full: This was my first ever race having caught the running bug earlier this year. There was a really good atmosphere and a lot of money was raised for charity but it was not the best if you are primarily concerned with racing and personal bests. We were kept waiting for perhaps 20 mins which was frustrating as we'd warmed up and then had to stand around. We didn't hear any instructions about where we were supposed to be to start or what was happening so we just followed the crowd. They also didn't organise the start by runners first, walkers after so I spent the first 2.5km fighting my way through all the walkers and children who had started at the front. I know the aim of the race is to be fun and to raise money though so that doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. One final note, as well as unreliable timing for the race, according to my Polar s625x the race was only 4.7km. All in all though, it put me in a really good mood and as a result I entered my next race (10k) the next day. Date of review: July 4, 2006
In short: Hate to be a party pooper - but... In full: Lovely run again - this race is quite special to me. I ran my first RFL shortly prior to a cancer diagnosis, my second two weeks after completing 9 months of treatment, and this my third one to prove I'm still here!
However, just one or two things - we were kept waiting for a long time (again) and were about 15-20 minutes late away, (waiting for the 'warm-up lady' to finish?) and I suspect someone might have forgotten to start the clock?
I was near the front so it didn't take me any time to cross the start line, but when I finished, the 'official' clock read 23m 20s, and my watch said 24m 26s!! I know it's only meant to be a guideline, but if you're running for a target time to raise extra funds (I was pledged an extra £500 if I got home in under 25 minutes, for example) it's important for it to be fairly accurate, please! Date of review: June 29, 2006