In short: Very friendly local race with great cakes afterwards and a few annoying idiosyncrasies In full: The course could be made much better by adding a few hundred yards at the finish thus avoiding leaving the park and coasting the Pershore road and the silly u-turns around the cone/marshall. But all is forgiven because of the great scenery of Cannon Hill park and especially the warm friendly atmosphere. Also, generous prizes for such a small race with a prize for the winner in each 5 year category for veterans! Date of review: November 2, 2014
In short: Well organised & very friendly In full: Couldn't resist this as I run in this park all the time! Scenic, flat course and v well-organised for such a small race (and excellent post-race cakes!) My only disappointment was that of the four ladies in front of me, 3 were in my age group so I didn't get a prize! Oh, and the results were slightly hard to find-maybe a link on their website would've been helpful? Will definitely do it again next year. Date of review: November 7, 2013
In short: Run through nice city park, mainly flat - great for those runners after a PB. In full: Nice run through Cannon Hill park, Birmingham with only small sections on pavement by busy roads. Could do with better signage from carpark to start. Also, perhaps need more marshalls on course - particularly at end, where completed runners walking back to HQ confuses where finish line is. Hairpins are annoying (3x) esp where run 1k to edge of park only to run round bollard and 1k back into park (which do on each lap). Annoyed in HQ, went to get some cake, but told had to make a donation (don't run with loose change) so couldn't have anything. Date of review: November 4, 2013
In short: Nice very friendly local race In full: Great little race would do it again. Only two downsides is need a better event website, and also clearer signage from the car parks to the starting line. I parked by the MAC and had no idea how to get to the start. I got there by luck by latching onto another runner who did know! Otherwise all good. Date of review: November 4, 2013
In short: flat fast scenic In full: I travelled up from Cornwall to run this race with my daughter who was then unable to run (work). I arrived all alone in my club shirt but as always in Birmingham i was made to feel very welcome. The race was well organised, well marshalled, and even the competitors struck up conversation as they overtook. Sorry i couldn't chat more Ian, the cold air had stolen my voice. The route would have been more scenic if the sun had shone, but it was all off road with the only obstacles being rather a lot of dogs and their owners. Ankles remained intact and i remained upright. I managed my fastest 10k this year, enjoyed a cuppa and cake at the race HQ but won no prizes even though i came in as 8th woman but 3 other over 50's were ahead of me. would i run this race again....yes if visiting my daughter, and especially as their were no Cornish style hills to run up! Date of review: November 7, 2012
In short: Wonderful fast flat 10k in park setting In full: A superbly organised 10k road race which is ideal for both first time/Beginner runners and 'Fasties' seeking a PB time.
The Foundation for Conductive Education being based on the edge of Cannon Hill Park put on an excellent race allowing great use of the facilities beforehand with plenty of toilets, refreshments, storage facilities and somewhere to keep warm on a cold day.
The route itself is a 2 lap fast flat course taking in the scenic Cannon Hill Park and a fairly long 'out n back' path all the way down to Kitchener Road, south of the park.
After the run, the HQ had a wide range of cakes and drinks (and the chance to warm up again :) ) as well as a nice presentation ceremony with plenty of 'spot prizes' on offer.
It's quite a low key event with around 170 runners but it has deservedly been growing in recent years and 2012 saw a record attendance. Furthermore the results were published within a few hours of the finish despite the fact there was no chip timing.
All-in-all a great event and all in aid of a great cause too. From a personal viewpoint I'll remember this race for the rest of my life as it enabled me to break the 40 minute 10k barrier for the first time and successfully achieve a target I had set myself at the start of the year.
Well done to all involved at the Foundation for Conductive Education. I look forward to running the race again. Date of review: November 5, 2012