In short: Despite the few problems, I enjoyed it and would do it again In full: It didn't bother me that the run started an hour after it had been scheduled to - I never plan to do anything after running at weekend anyway. The staggered start allowed those who wanted to run and finish earlier was in the end a good idea, especially as the turnout was huge with the majority of people paying on the day. I was compleely shocked when I saw my time on my watch when I finished the 10K ... until I then found out that it was a bit short but nonetheless it didn't bother me too much. It was for a good cause and the organisers tried their best. The only thing that I found difficult was trying to pour the water out into the cups at the unmanned water stations. Date of review: June 7, 2009
In short: Great surroundings, fast course, but needs steep improvement in organisation In full: Welcomed to a 45 min queue to collect 'pre-registered' race number....thankfully no rain in the day!!
Initially thought I absolutely smashed my PB only to find out distance was circa 1 mile short of 10K. Received an apologetic email about waiting time for number, finally being requested to post my time; as the timing company let them down. Date of review: May 16, 2009
In short: A Fun Run.. and Great day out In full: I liked it. There was issues with the registration, and the course was short (Handy if running as a stormtrooper) but it was a first rate family day out. I almost never take the wife and kids when I run but it was nice having them there for this. I think that more marshals would help (those who were supposed to turn up never did) I'd do it again. Date of review: May 15, 2009
In short: Was fun could have been better In full: It was a great cause, so I'm glad I went and helped out with the fundraising. There were some lovely organisers and runners. Everyone was very good natured considering. We were there at 11, queued and although there was supposed to be a delay we started the 5k on time roughly in the first wave of runner. The course was really pleasant,the unmanned water station would have been fine if you didn't have to pour your own water. There were no km markers (and the organisers when quizzed by a club runner, said there were). The finish was poorly sign posted and the course was shorter than advertised, but had a nice down hill to the end! I did really enjoy the day and would do again. Thanks to all who organised for your time and effort and hopefully the feedback will go a long way to improving the run in the future.
Could have really done with a banana at the end. The dog tag medals were sweet though. Date of review: May 14, 2009
In short: Lovely run with nice sights, just poorly organised In full: The run itself was not actually the distance stated. The 5k ended up only being 4.3k and the 10k only being about 9k. This was simply poor management along with an hour delay and everyone leaving at their own time with no mass start.
Despite poor organisation the run was very pleasant with nice views with the odd deer or two running by. If the organisation could promise to be better I would definitely do the run again as it was also for a good cause
Having read the above comments and listened to the feedback on the day I thought I would take this opportunity to clear a few matters up. Registration on the day was delayed considerably and as a result we decided to postpone the start by 1 hour. We had arranged 20 personnel to assist with run registration and had they turned up to help, we would have cleared the line very quickly and started as scheduled at 1200. Unfortunately our helpers did not arrive on the day and we were left with a very tricky issue of clearing the line as quickly as possible. Inevitably, delaying the start by 1hour did not please everyone and we decided to stagger the start so that everyone could at least start and enjoy the beautiful route around the estate. Whilst I fully appreciate the frustrations of a few of our runners, this was never advertised as a race and was purely staged because the grounds of Woburn are such a great place to run. The course was mapped out for us and we were told it was 5k. The run was NOT organised by the Army but by Project 65, a small and very well-meaning, hard-working charity and the runs were just a small part of a big family FUN day. I sincerely hope that all those who did run, enjoyed the route and scenery as that was the main point. However, I have fully taken on the other comments expressed here and if we stage the event again, I can assure you all that it will be controlled in a MUCH more efficient manner with a lot more assistance on the day.
Danny Greeno Chairman PROJECT 65 Date of review: May 11, 2009
In short: I expected more!! No marshalls , no atmosphere, no organisation. In full: With this raising money for the ex-serviceman and being organised by the military I expected this to run like clockwork. Boy, was I disappointed.
The race was due to start at 12, but then due them not being able to register everyone by then, they moved the start time to 1. Then when everyone complained decided to do 2 waves.
On the first lap, one of the water stations wasn't manned, which on a warm day was a bit of a disappointment. I was supposed to do the 10K, but due to sheer boredom decided that I would only do 5K. There were no supporters or marshalls anywhere on the course, only at the finish.
I had got my kids excited about running in the kids fun run, but imagine my surprise when I found out that the kids run was due to start at 3.15. So not only had I arrived at 11 to register, than had to wait until after 12 to run, I would then need to hang around until 3.15 for my kids to run. Needless to say they went home disappointed!!
If this race is staged again next year, please team up with a local running club. It is for such a good cause that I would like to support it again but would like to see a great deal of improvement!!! Date of review: May 11, 2009
In short: A total shambles In full: By far the worst organised race I've ever been to.
The queue for registration was over an hour long, so they had to have multiple start times, with many runners just running the course as a time trial instead of racing with other people. The course was around a mile short of a 10k, so everyone's pace was messed up. The finish line was incorrectly signposted, so people were stopping several hundred metres short of the actual finish line. The water stations were unmanned, and hence almost completely useless. There were hardly any marshals, and the only one I spoke to incorrectly advised me on the route.
If this is any reflection on the way our armed forces operate, then I'm off to join the Taleban. Date of review: May 11, 2009
In short: Good intentions and good cause but needed attention In full: Plus points Nice venue, good cause nice day out
Minus points from the run point Arrive to a long Queue to collect race number even when pre-registered Told race move back an hour - then can start when like. No marshals on course at all. Measure course at 5.33 miles ie 8.4k not 10k
If to be run again needs the input / help of a running club Date of review: May 10, 2009