In short: More hills than you'd expect in Bristol's leafy suburbs In full: Long-established race and a popular fixture in the local race character. Scenery varies, but the sections by the river are lovely, and there a couple of punishing hills as well as a Tour de France style uphill finish. Friendly atmosphere with a good mix of club runners and locals, easy parking, refreshments readily available. There was a minor glitch about chip allocation, but this was spotted early and I think sorted out safely before race time. Date of review: April 13, 2014
In short: One of my fav 10k's In full: Yes we did have a little problem this year with some runners heading the wrong way due to a marshall not being in his allocated place at the start..but i'll be back next year and have run for many years....what about bringing the start time forward say 10.30 and this might avoid some of the congestion that can happen happen espec if the weather is good...espec around the single track bridge running adj to the river...just a thought :)) Date of review: April 20, 2012
In short: Lovely scenic course but bad marshalling meant I ran 10.3k and others only 9.2k! In full: Living in Bristol I have never been to Frenchay before and what a pleasent surprise. A lovely scenic route. 3 killer hills definitely mean it is not PB potential. The main issue was that there was obviously a marshall missing from one junction where a number of runners turned left instead of going straight on. The marshall arrived just after I had turned left to shout to people they had gone the wrong way and to turn around. It was too late for the front runners. Still I'll know for next time and a nice warm up run for the Bristol 10k at the end of May. Date of review: April 18, 2012
In short: Always a favourite but the climb to Frenchay Common always gets me! Impressed that organisers were full of apologies from the outset about the problem and explained what went wrong. i'll be back next time! Date of review: April 17, 2012
In short: Pleasant undulating course with a sting in it's tail!!! In full: First attempt at this race, having heard a lot about 'the hills', actually they weren't too bad with some nice downhill sections too. Saying that, the last stretch up Blackberry Hill was not fun at all!
This is almost certainly not a 'PB' course but I did enjoy it and will be back! Date of review: April 17, 2012