In short: Hot and sweaty fun! In full: My 2nd running of the event and like last year i enjoyed it. The course is very quick and on a cooler day PBs would have been smashed. The marshalls are friendly and full of encouragement, the goody bag is decent, and a local charity gets to benefit as well. Note to self... no gigs before the run next year (last year Springsteen, this year The Killers...) Date of review: July 8, 2009
In short: A good local event In full: The phrase business park is unlikely to conjure up positive images but it is a lot better than you might think. The new university and business park is laid out with plenty of space for grass and trees and the architecture is decent.
The course is almost flat and although there are few junctions to negotiate there was hardly any traffic around at the time. I knocked a 57 seconds off my PB.
The man with the microphone does a good job of keeping people informed and a good line of humour. Having your name announced as you approach the finish is a nice touch.
The organisation was good. The problems of last year with timing equipment and the course measurement had been fixed. A lot of the marshals and timers were volunteers from Garden City Runners and they did the great job that you would expect.
Everyone got a medal and a goodie bag. I got a couple of Lucosade drinks, a pen, and a fruit bar. As all the entry fee was going to The Isobel Hospice, as far as I know, it was good value.
The emphasis was on fun run with several runners in fancy dress. The only club shirts to be seen were three Garden City Runners who were probably wearing them so that their club-mates who were marshalling would see them easily.
The only negatives I can think of are: the only toilets apart from bushes are a few minutes away. The website has not been updated yet, no published official results so far (on Wednesday noon). It seemed that you were expected to register even if you already had a number. I wandered into the building to get some shade and a couple of ladies were there taking registrations. Not sure why it was necessary.
Overall a good event. Date of review: July 1, 2009
In short: Well organised, fun! In full: I did this last year and the race has definitely improved - for starters this is actually 5k, whereas LY it was about 4.3k. They've added a section under a car park where it provided some relief from the very hot sun today. Managed to finish inside the top 20, although unfortunately not so many people took part as LY. Very good PB potential, almost completely flat although a lot of roundabouts to negotiate. Will def be back. PS. The scenery really isn't THAT bad! Date of review: June 28, 2009
In short: great race, well organised In full: A very well organised and friendly race. Very flat and I managed to shave a minute of my PB even in todays heat! Thank you very much to all the organisers. Date of review: June 28, 2009
In short: Low key race, well organised In full: The race is on fairly flat pavements- by some fields and some roads. Lots of marshalls en route cheered everyone on. Warm up at the start by a person from a local gym. It was very hot this year, but on a cooler day you could definately run a PB as it is so flat. Nice touches like the people on the mic announcing your name as you ran through the finish line, plus little on the spot prizes for some people. All the money goes to a local hospice so a worthwhile cause. Woudl reccomend this to anyone. Date of review: June 28, 2009