In short: Shorter course but good support In full: The course was a fair bit shorter this year, almost half a mile, but the new start seemed to work. Was expecting it to be horrendous at the start but was not at all as cramped as expected. Did not seemto have te same number of runners and same leek of support as previous years but was still a decent turn outer a non standard race. Lots of fun runners make it an ideal first timers run and no doubt be back next year yet again Date of review: May 13, 2012
In short: Great first timers race, well organised In full: This was my first proper race and it lived up to the previous years reviews. The race was well organised and the crowds really pushed you on..for some it seemed to be a family gathering on the front lawn!! I was forwarned about the long incline, it was tough going the second time round but not as bad as I was expecting. Def must for runners in the area..i'll be back next year. Date of review: May 16, 2011
In short: Fantastic atmosphere and a great event! In full: Congratulations to Knowle - this was a wonderful event with a superb community feel throughout. Organisation was seamless, alhthough I have to make a gripe about the finish - I was mixed in with a big crowd completing their first lap whilst I was on my second, and I was instructed to carry on running - eventually I found a steward to ask, and had to turn back and run to the finish, thus missing 10th place and a PB. Perhaps clearer signage could be utilised? But overall a great event, I'll be back next year to rectify my mistake! Date of review: May 15, 2011
In short: Each year I look forward to this event,and am never disappointred ,great mix of runnera In full: Whilst this is essentially a fun event , and it satisfies that classification, there are enough competitive runners to make it challenging on a personal level. Managed to improve my 5 mile time by 2 minutes,so was v pleased.Great spectators ,great organisation, sets me up for my schedule of summer/autumn runs. Date of review: May 20, 2010
In short: thank goodness for friendly locals!! In full: On both occasions I've chosen to run this it has been astonishingly hot - thankfully the locals support this race so well, and there are extra water stations and plenty of supersoakers and hoses out there to help us out. I'm a slower runner and got a little cheesed off with having to put up with all the kids in the first lap - they zig and zag around so much and I got kicked and pushed by some of them as they tried to sprint through crowds only to trip over them when they stopped suddenly as they were too tired. Second lap was better as the one-lappers left us alone! This was pretty much the only downside to the race - although it was difficult to work out what to do at the end; so many people milling about just past the finish line. However these people are the ones who create the atmosphere of the race, so you can't complain. Date of review: May 18, 2010
In short: Fabulous! This should be in everyone's calendar! In full: The atmosphere is fantastic. Not only was the organisation superb but the supporting cast of sponsors, promoters and community was fabulous. To be supported by enthusiastic residents along the route offering emotional and water spray support was marvelous. Date of review: May 17, 2009
In short: A fun morning In full: Something for everyone, a real family occasion. Maybe not best suited to your real hard-nosed, super-serious PB-hunter, but a good race for us mere mortals. Organisation was excellent. Normally I would agree that £12 is a bit steep just for a certificate, but given that the aim was to raise money for charity (as opposed to spending it on medals etc.) I don't think people can have any complaints. I'll be back next year. Date of review: May 11, 2009
In short: It's a fun run In full: My ratings reflect the following:
1. Knowle IS a commuter town, but a respectable one. 2. I would be surprised if many PBs are set here, since the faster runners are slowed significantly by running though crowds on the second lap. The drag up Longdon Road is hardly difficult, but it does slow you up as well.
The £12 is for entry to the event, so I don't think other comments about preferring a medal (or a lump of cyrstal) hold much water. You aren't paying £12 for a supply commemorative goods, you're paying it for a supply of services (i.e. entry and participation).
This is a family event, various kids races in the morning and the 5-point-something mile main run later on. With that in mind I can live with a crowded start and so on.
I put 'maybe' I'll do it again as the fun for me is in running fast, and that won't happen at Knowle with the course arrangements as they are. The main challlenge was negotiating the crowds on the second lap - small children running at all angles across the road to collect water etc doesn't mix with the 30-odd minute boys coming through for their second time around. I like the suggestion of asking lapped runner to keep left, that would work well and give the faster runners a chance to run hard all the way.
Please take all this in context - it's intended as a family fun run, where 'getting round' is the goal for most people. If that's what you want it's surely one of the best there is. Date of review: May 11, 2009