In short: Well worth travelling for - the whole town seemed to be supporting the race. In full: If you were to choose a 10K race on atmosphere alone, the Caistor "Sting in the tail" would be right at the top of the list, it really did seem as though the whole town was either running, supporting or marshalling on the day.
When you add in the excellent value for money (great goodie bag and tech t-shirt, despite the the low entry price), ample parking, 3 water stations, closed roads, and the market square finish, it couldn't really be much better.
The course isn't what you'd call "guaranteed PB" by any means - it's basically a slight downhill for the first 2 or 3K, flat (including a unmade road gravelled section) for the next 3K, gradual uphill for the next 2K, then several short, steep up and downhill sections in the final 2K.
It's not a race where you'll particularly care about your time though (until next year, assuming the route is the same so you can compare it year to year), but it is a race that you'll definitely want to do again, given the superb atmosphere.
In short: every finisher a winner - really!! Terrific town, challenging course/super support In full: A great experience, especially for first timers who are glowing with their achievement. The town comes out to support runners on their way, the team really work hard to make sure all arrangements give runners the very best experience - highly recommended for beginners and more experienced. thanks Caistor for another great day out running. Date of review: July 17, 2013
In short: My First 10km, well organised and fun In full: Not sure it was a good idea picking this as my first 10km to do with those uphill bits but really enjoyed it!! Look forward to repeating it next year. Well organised and friendly event. Date of review: July 16, 2013
In short: Just a fantastic day In full: Very well organised race that felt like a major event. Fantastic support from every one and a race that was unusual and interesting. I travelled 55 miles and was really happy that I made the effort as it was the best running event I have been involved in Date of review: July 15, 2013
In short: The description says flat/hilly, it's right! In full: Very, very friendly, well organized and a great setting. This race is a bit like two rolled into one, a fast 7k and a hill climb. I especially enjoyed that Caistor was taken over by runners with the market place closed and that many locals were out both running and spectating. I can't recommend this highly enough, just do your hill training first! Date of review: July 15, 2013