In short: Overall, I must say I enjoyed the challenge of a course that had plenty of running in it! Sure, there were things that need to be ironed out - most seriously, the finishing area- but I must pay tribute to the marshalling, which was excellent and supp Date of review: November 14, 2008
In short: Chaotic & danagerous start and finish for runners. Not controlled enough and runners where dodging cars at the beginning and for the last K you dodged cars, general public etc to get to finish line. Route well planned and marshalls good. In full: Need to seriously re-think the whole start and finish. Way too dangerous and chaotic. Route good and marshalls supportive. Good markers on route. However, getting to the venue was a nightmare - no signage. Date of review: November 11, 2008
In short: Nothing undulating about this one In full: Was'nt quite prepared for the hilly nature of this course although quite enjoyed it. If this race is ran again then the organisers should seriously consider the numbers this race can accomdate, particularly if the start and finish remain where they are currently situated.
Other than that can only agree with all the other comments.
In short: Spoilt by a poor finish and lack of water at the end! In full: Majority of race ok, marshalling was good. THe final run in however was pants, dodging in and out of parked cars and traffic trying to enter/exit the narrow road leading in to Stanley Park. There was also a lack of easily available water at the finish, I wasn't prepared to join the queue to fill a cup, particularly on a cool and breezy day> Date of review: November 10, 2008
In short: Expected much more in terms of organisation for a intercounties championship race In full: Agree with all I've read on the poor km markers, lack of memento, claimed to be flat/undulating when hilly, the finish which was quite dangerous and to top it all I was missed off the race results.
In short: For a championship race there was lack of attention to detail In full: As has been said, there's no excuse in this day of Garmins for a km mark so far out (I managed 1:50)!
Yes, it's not undulating in the slightest - I have measured the climb between 1.2 and 1.8 miles as approximately 250 ft. The biggest climb at a Dorset `Gilly Hilly' race last week was 160 ft over the course of a mile. Also, having run lots in Yorkshire, that hill was tougher than any I can recall in a road race up there.
The finishing straight was an interesting one - a glance at the risk assessment on having cars pulling out at random on both sides as people were racing down the last 1/4 mile might reveal otherwise but I don't think so.
The results for the intercounty championships were flawed, missing out at least 2 runners I know of, possibly meaning the wrong medals were awarded on the day. Had the race results been published as runners were enduring the long wait for the prizegiving, then such wrinkles would have been ironed out as runners realised that they were missing from the results.
No memento. As has been said, not something that bothers me personally, but had it been one of my first races or a special one for me I would have liked something to have shown for my efforts.
Yes, the individual marshalls were helpful and the changing facilities were good, with hot showers. The route itself was a pleasant one if not chasing fast times, and a good test of pacing, strength and race craft for a championship event. Date of review: November 9, 2008
In short: Could do a lot better. In full: Agree with the other comments - no excuse for not putting the Km markers in approximately the right place. The start & finish lines could be swapped in future to stop the dangerous nature of the finishing straight. I hope the entrance fee goes to a good cause because I don't feel I got much for my tenner. Thanks to the marshalls for supporting on the way round. Date of review: November 9, 2008