In short: Good event and the weather was much better than last year. In full: This was the first 10k I ran last year and I found this year's race just as good. Organisation, atmosphere and particulary parking were fine. I pulled my calf after 6.5 Km but managed to hobble round the final 3.5 Km to finish. Another good event which I very much enjoyed. Date of review: April 14, 2009
In short: Good race for a good cause In full: Dorney is always a fast course especially if it's not too windy. Asthma UK ran a great event again although the numbers seemed to be down on previous years. Like other commentators, I'd encourage them to cut down on the mailings to increase their profit for charitable work. I'd also suggest that the CEO speech would be better before the warm up! Overall a good and friendly event. Date of review: April 13, 2009
In short: a mental challenge more than a physical one!! In full: having runa couple of 10K's around the lake it is always a mental battle because the course is so uninteresting and you can see how far you have to run and how fast the faster runners are doing! BUT, it was an excellent event, worth the money as i have no problem paying a little extra for charity and the atmosphere was family like. Like others on the forum, i did feel the postage of materials was a bit excessive, all the money raised was blown on marketing material and postage when in fact that could have been limited to downloadable materials (lower carbon footprint and waste) and promotional material given at the event. T-shirts are best given at the event with a coupon for collection sent out with race numbers. It is a struggle for charities trying to raise money particularly as an Asthma charity is not as "trendy" as some of the others despite the importance of its cause. So bottom line cut back on postage and keep it to one mail out with less bulk and use the next more as a tool for promotion and forms to help you keep more of the money.
Other than that, excellent event! Date of review: April 12, 2009
In short: A nice event but over-organized In full: I echo what Sleepy Lion said earlier - there was a lot of mailings and imho an opportunity missed to earn more money for the cause. For the price to get a T-shirt, traffic-free course, medal and chip timing is very, even excessively, generous given the fundraising cause. Tbh I would have done away with the chip and put the money to asthma - the start was spacious enough for everyone to be across the line within seconds.
The venue was nice, the course flat and straight although a bit windswept and desolate. Supervised baggage storage was excellent. The PA system was poor, I couldn't hear the safety talk and speeches properly. Unlike another previous reviewer, I had no trouble spotting the distance markers.
A good and enjoyable event and I'll be back, but I reckon it could raise more for the cause with a little less organization, if you see what I mean. Date of review: April 11, 2009
In short: A good race at an excellent venue In full: This was a nice family day out (weather depending). Excellent location and pretty much a perfect surface. Organisers somewhat amateurish in places (children's race, overall starting and ending of the race).
A little steep on the price - my children and I received three rounds of posting for this event (a staggering 10 envelopes). I would prefer if the posting was stremlined and the rest spent on the good work that the charity does.