In short: Friendly local (for me) event In full: Despite the criticisms which I can't really comment on, I think this event is a friendly, well-marshalled event with a good course in scenic surroundings. These kind of local events provide an important opportunity for club athletes like myself. Slightly over-priced entry fee, but it does go to a good cause. Would do again definitely. Date of review: December 11, 2011
In short: total let down In full: I have just read the comments by the poor guy who got disqualified after winning the race. My experience today was not as bad as that .I checked the race website for all details for this race . They were quite clear ,if you were there by 10.30 you could enter on the day .The instructions were to go the back route in to the colledge ,which I followed . I lost several minutes due to another event that was on at the colledge , which meant that I came across several groups of horses on the single track lane to the event ,and then due to the othere event taking place I had some trouble parking . Hands up I realise I was late but I walked up to registration ,fully ready to run at 10.31. The guy there ,removed the registration forms and said that I was too late . His co workers looked shocked and bemused ,It just seemed that the guy was on a power trip ! He went off to start the kids race ,and he looked like he could,nt wait to use his loud speaker to bark his instructions out to a handful of kids and parents . I left before the start of the main event but it does not surprise me one bit that it was such a farce ,especially if the same person was organising the start.Its a shame because I have entered other races organised by these people and they have been ok Date of review: December 10, 2011
In short: Disapponting In full: I won the 20km race this morning but, along with the 2nd man and the 1st lady (amongst others I assume) I was disqualified after it came to light that we had started at the 10km start line rather than the 20km line! The fact that there was a big banner with 'START' emblazoned on it gave me the impression I was in the right place. None of us who were DQ'd picked anything up from the pre-race talk from the organiser about the 20km start being further back and nobody around us mentioned anything despite us having different style numbers on. I assumed, incorrectly, that there were different numbers for advanced entries and on the day entries.
It was only when it came to the time for the presentation that we were asked 'Where did you start?'. After a confusing chat we (me and the 1st lady) said we would prefer to have our results chalked off as, despite winning comfortably, we felt that we didn't really deserve or wish to have a prize.
Possible action for the future - Make it clear to everyone that there are two start lines. As a farly experienced club runner I am aware it is not easy to organise runners or races, which is why the most important information has to be so obvious as to be unmissable. At no point during registration, on my way to the 10km start (which apparently you had to walk through to get to the 20km start) or on the start line did I or the 1st lady get told anything about a split start.
I enjoyed the run but not the slightly farcical result. Date of review: December 10, 2011
In short: Good fun! In full: The episode with the dog at the start made me laugh! The water was an added bonus and I found this quite a tough race but not too tough to put anyone off. A real mix of people at all levels. I would run this race again. Date of review: January 3, 2010