In short: Good race shame about chip problem but it was sorted! In full: Race ran smoothly was a fast course, I didn't hang around long enough to comment about running out of hot drinks. There was a long queue though so more servers might have reduced that!
I thought the goody bag was adequate for the entry price! The water, banana and sweets were welcome
As for the timing problems it was annoying but a message to the chip timing company solved that and I now have my correct time! My time was initially out by around 40 seconds too! Date of review: January 31, 2014
In short: Concept Sports.. You should be ashamed! In full: Timings issues with chips means my PB is now unofficial. Concept Sports are not replying to emails and their phone does not connect. Goody bag had a banana in it! Organisers clearly in it for the money and have now done a bunk. Date of review: January 28, 2014
In short: Didn't see any of the problems In full: Fast & flat as usual, despite the terrible weather. Didn't have any timing issues (official result only 1 second different from my watch), and the goody bag and hot drink is a step up from the plastic cup of water provided previously, so I clearly didn't suffer from the problems that some others did. For running in Broadlands, and the PB potential, plenty of runners will keep coming back. Date of review: January 27, 2014
In short: Really not worth the effort In full: Agree with earlier comment. Cheapest tacky medal, 'goody' bag consisted of a bottle of water, a small banana and a child's portion of Haribo sweets. Clock timing way out as noted above. Just not worth the effort. Date of review: January 27, 2014
In short: Poor organisation by concept sports again In full: I do this race because it's local but the organisers seem to come up with different ways of letting us down every year. Apparently this year it was the fault of the rain (coz rain in this country is a really unusual event) The timing was way out, the time they gave me was 40 odd seconds slower than both my garmin and their own race clock, which was apparently due to timing box getting flooded and paper back ups getting wet. It was also advertised as a free hot drink at the end (which would have been very welcome), however by the time I finished 299 out of 405 they had run out of hot drinks!!!! If this was a Park Run or even a club organised event then would say fair enough but this is a private company who should be providing a professional service. Yet again a good course in nice location let down by poor organisation by concept sports I'm afaird, as I've said previously on Concept sports events I'd do it again but only because it's local.
In short: I like! In full: Of the 4 races I have done, this is now my fave. Low key, but with some real running talent to show us how it should be done. Friendly fellow runners. Neat long extension on the final lap prevents it getting too familiar. Acknowledgements to Broadlands Estate for use of their private grounds. Date of review: January 28, 2013
In short: No expense spent!!! In full: Organised well and really good enjoyable course (and I got a great time, for me) but let down by being clearly done on the cheap to make as much money as possible.
Medal not even engraved just a standard medal with a printed sticker in the middle, no good bag, not even a bottle of water at the finish just a cup of water.
Really good run but came away feeling let down by the lack of "Extras" Suppose that's what you get with company organised event rather than running club ones.
In full: 4th time for me for the race. Good organisation as ever. Personally I dont mind laps and it is all traffic free, plus your relatives get to see you lots due to the laps. I also loved being able to type your number in straight away at the end and get a print out of your result. A complete mix of abilities race wise. Will be back next year Date of review: January 27, 2013