In short: The best 10k I have ever ran, by a country mile! In full: Superb race between Warwick and Kenilworth castles. Very well organised, fantastic scenery, and great, friendly support from the local communities too. See you next year! Date of review: June 27, 2012
In short: Great race but early start In full: I really enjoyed this race again but I was a little confused about the request that runners turned up an hour and a half before the start. I can see how this makes things easier for the organisers but they were lucky that the weather was fine. A month earlier I had been on the start line of the Stratford Marathon just down the road in the arctic conditions!! I still really liked this course though. Some decent hills but a great atmosphere. Date of review: June 23, 2012
In short: Very Good route and well marshalled but shame for spectators In full: Overall good route and very challenging with a few hills, nice to villagers out supporting and cheering you round and handing out jellied sweets and water. Fantastic support from them. my only gripe is the organinsation for spectators with the runners, no one was allowed in the castle which could of been made well aware when you have people coming through the main entrance and then finding out half way through they were not allowed in, there was no proper signs for spectators and not very easy for 1st timers and every Marshall they came across didn't really give any useful information. Parking for Kenilworth castle again not as easy as told on joining information, your again not allowed to park in certain places unless your name is on the list or pay for parking in pub car park. information like this should be provided in full.. if more information is given for spectators could be the most fantastic day for all.. Date of review: June 11, 2012
In short: Superb - my favourite 10k In full: Another wonderful 2 castles race - and somehow another PB on this course! My only gripe being the early start - being in Warwick Castle before 8AM was hard going! However, as per usual, everything at the castle was seamless - the route was superb, and the crowds were excellent! More of the same next year please, but put some chocolate in the goody bag! Date of review: June 11, 2012
In short: Hot, Hilly, Hard, but with a great finish In full: A suprisingly warm day, for what is actually a fairly hilly course - most people mention the major hills but in fact the vast majority of Leek Wooton is one big hill, as is a lot of the race to be honest!
Not one for getting a great PB perhaps, but walking through Warwick Castle to start and then ending up in Kenilworth is pretty good. Organization spot on too, just include an energy bar and drinks at the end! Date of review: June 10, 2012
In short: Hard In full: This is a tough one, made worse by the weather. I did not enjoy it, nothing against the great organisation, but I will not be back next year. Now if it was Kenilworth to Warwick... Date of review: September 5, 2011
In short: Worth aplying for on New Years Day! In full: I'd heard great things about this race - very scenic, the best 10k in the country etc, and to be fair - I wasn't too disappointed! A nice course (the 'unique' element provided the start at Warwick Castle, and the finish at Kenilworth Castle)with a few reasonable hills meant for a good race. Support was fantastic - even on such a rainy day! A great medal and T-shirt were provided, but why no snacks? Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the day, but boasts of it being the best 10k seem a little bit gererous - the Regency 10k in Leamington has a similar appeal in my opinion. However, come new years day 2012, I have no doubt that again, I shall be sat at my computer, champagne in one hand, visa card in the other, applying for my place! Date of review: June 15, 2011
In short: Good race, the two castles make this a special race In full: Well organised race. It would be better if the start pens were marshalled. Having run this a couple of time I knew I needed to get close to the front which I managed and had a trouble free race. Got the bus back to the start -no problems. Good crowds despite the weather. Definately will do again. Date of review: June 14, 2011
In short: Miserable weather but a nice race again. In full: I understand after last year the unexpected long walk to the start that warning runners to get there on time was a good idea but asking runners to be at the start for 7:50 was EARLY - and I am glad I packed my bin bag!
The start is a bottle neck but worth it for leaving the castle - and chip times does help with that issue BUT organisers you do need to think of ideas (Pace makers?) to get people to stand in the right place. Some really slow people made the start harder than it needed to be by getting in the way.
If you are going to close the road water stations on both sides would be a nice thing to consided although the helpers here were great.
Nice route and cheerful marshals, finish was a bottle neck and needs to be though about (I think I said the same thing last year!) For the sprint finish it was hard to overtake and kick.
Overall loved it, but could we have a different medal next year rather than a different coloured ribbon? Date of review: June 14, 2011