In short: Glad to have participated in the 30th anniversary race. In full: This was my first race in Wales, having ran races in England and Scotland this year too.
NEGATIVE: To be perfectly honest, there are very few things to criticise about this event, but I'll give it a go! There were finish time posters up, but runners started to bunch up very close together. It would be a good idea to have stricter starting pens with wave starts, but I am really nit-picking here. I would like to have participated in the warm-up, but I and others at the back could not see the announcer and what moves were being performed. We were asked to follow the people in front, but they were almost motionless (lol). There was a lot of qeueing to do after the finish to collect goodies, often involving walking from one side to the other. It would have been very easy for some runners to miss these if it were not for the large number of runners congregating at the 'stalls'.
POSITIVE: Though all the runners bunched up too closely at the start, the finish time posters were large and clear for all to see. This is the first race in the dozen or so that I completed, where the km markers were perfect. Every km had a marker clearly signposted, and the final 500m counted down every 100m. I've run the Asics London 10K, which had ten times as many runners as this event, but the atmosphere was much better here. The local residents came out in force and gave vocal support/encouragement and applause, which was really motivating. This was particularly noticeable around the Mumbles area and I really appreciated this gesture of the residents. The finish approach had loud supporters lined on both sides with with a full 500m to go! The last 50m had an intimate yet noisy finish, with the crowd seemingly cheering and applauding all runners no matter what their finish time. If you required a post-race massage, they were available free of charge.
GOODY BAG & MEDAL: The bag was made of cloth and had the event details on it. After completing the run, runners could pick up; a bottle of water, a bottle of shampoo, a bottle of conditioner, a certificate, a banana and a Warburton's fruit loaf! The medal had a diameter of approx. 5cm with a hole in it... in the shape of a runner finishing a race. The medal had all the 30th anniversary event details on it, as did the red ribbon it was attached to. The T-shirts were available in range of sizes and could be picked up before or after the race.
I stayed at a guesthouse (very reasonable rate) on Oystermouth Road, I wouldn't recommend driving to the event location. It wasn't feasible for me to participate in the HSBC Cardiff 10K which took place a fortnight before this event. However, participating in the Swansea event removed any disappointment of not having competed in Cardiff. Date of review: October 3, 2010
In short: great potential.... In full: I looked forward to this race for a long time, the course was flat and scenic... You did have to organise yourself into time pens with no seperation like the big races and the start was really congested. The marshalls varied throughout the race from excellent to bored.I was most surprised that there was no water at the start, i luckily had some, but was planning on a top up, but none in sight - and i checked! Catherine Jenkins was the highlight for many and i did wonder why she was running with a race full of make-up, but then when i saw the course marchalls sneakily filming her on their phone it all became clear - when we followed her for a minute it helped motivate my husband.... Date of review: September 27, 2010
In short: A Faultless 10k, Breathtaking Views and Superb Organisation In full: For a large 10 you really can't fault this, superb course with sweeping views over Swansea Bay. As well orgaised as you will ever get a large 10k, and a really good atmosphere.
See you all next year ! Date of review: October 12, 2009