In short: An excellent race. In full: A well organised race on a beautiful summer evening. The race starts in an uninspiring indistrial estate, but soon goes into a pleasant housing area. The course is fast, despite several slight slopes. The organisation was good, and the distance was indicated every kilometre. Race officials were very encouraging, particularly to those of us near the end of the field. Results were available on the internet the same evening. Changing facilities at the sports centre were good, with hot showers available after the race. A very good event. Date of review: June 5, 2013
In short: This race is pan flat in fact most of it seem downhill ideal if you're looking for a PB my partner ran a 20m 44s taking a full 1m 13s off PB! Our club record was broken after a 22 year reign. In full: If you are looking to run a fast 5k this is the race for you! winners acheive sub 16 mins yet the fun runners are still keen to enter and get a large round of applause as they cross the line. Altogehter a great experience for runners and spectators. Date of review: June 8, 2011
In short: Instantly forgetable ! In full: I'll start with the positives. There was free parking 30 secs from the start line. That was where the perks ended. I was passing through Melksham and decided to drop in on a midweek 5k for the novelty factor. This race starts and ends in an industrial estate and at its most exciting ventures into a non-descript housing estate after an unimaginitive loop around the industrial estate and yes, you've guessed it, ends on the same stretch of road in the same industrial estate!!
For £7 entry I received precisely nothing other than a free bottle of water from two kind and cheerful little girls as I walked towards the sports centre.
This race felt like a midweek club training run and £3 might have felt good value. But when you are trying to start a race with an artic lorry and a procession of cars heading towards you in the direction the race is heading, it becomes a bit farcical.
One wonders why the marshals at the first junction could not have held the traffic for two minutes to allow the race to start (a field of 50 to 60 people shouldn't be too problematic!)
Sorry, but this would be in my room 101 of road races...maybe having a direct comparison with a race I did last weekend on Offah's Dyke on the Black Mountain, overlooking stunning fells did not help the transition to the opposite end of the race spectrum!! Date of review: June 14, 2010