In short: A well organised race. A good course that undulates around mainly countryside. Marshals and volunteers were excellent. The medal and t shirt were good. I'll be back next year. Date of review: August 25, 2016
In short: Worth getting out of bed on a Sunday morning for In full: I decided on the Saturday night to enter this race and turned up on the day with my £15. I was met by a friendly bunch who were willing to chat and answer any questions as well as take my money!
The course is undulating but not overly challenging. The heat on this Sunday made it so! It is an easy course to follow and at turns they have signs and marshals. The finish of the 5K is a little confusing as there is a bit of a loop but I was directed the right way so no major issues.
No PB, but I wouldn't expect one in Richmond Park on a very hot Sunday morning!
Nice medal, a snack bar and a cup of water - All perfectly acceptable and the things you want after a race! I will definitely be back to run this one again. Date of review: August 24, 2016
In short: Into a gale for 9 miles, but just wonderful In full: Well, I was back for my fifth consecutive Cross Bay, and it didn't disappoint!. How many races have to move the start 8 miles further north due to dangerous conditions? Really glad that this was back to being across the bay again after last years' foray into a 13 mile loop, it really adds to the sense of achievement. What it did mean was that for the first 8 or 9 miles we were going into a headwind of 40mph plus at times, and there seemed more water to negotiate than there has been in some years. This was the toughest of my 5, but none the less enjoyable. Suggestions for possible improvements would be: a different medal/t-shirt each year, a separate finishing funnel for the walkers (and perhaps different medal/shirt for them too?). Other than that it's perfect in every way. Someone put a nice video on the Cross Bay Facebook page this year - if you want a flavour of what it's like take a look! Date of review: August 23, 2016
In short: Excellent Event In full: An excellent event, as always with the Pride Run 10K. Many thanks to all the organisers and volunteers who make it such a great day. Special kudos to the people who fill the bagels for everyone at the finishing line, and the people who pick up the cups left around the water station. Truly thankless tasks, but much appreciated by runners :-) Date of review: August 23, 2016
In short: Brilliant, friendly running event to be enjoyed with friends. In full: Running is a wonderfully social, life-affirming way to relax and The Hart 4 event is probably one of the best in offering something for all abilities. The scenic 4K trail loop means that faster and slower teams are mixed up pretty quickly so no one feels as though they are 'at the back'. The fastest guys and girls might get round in 15 or 16 minutes, the less fast in 25; but it doesn't matter, it's just 4 hours of running fun with friends. Will definitely be back next year. Date of review: August 21, 2016
In short: Very enjoyable but not perfect In full: This review is for the 2016 Isle of Wight HALF MARATHON!
The race itself was very enjoyable. I have never ran this before, I read some reviews saying the old route was very hilly, the new route definitely isn't, there are maybe 2 slightly challenging uphill parts but nothing even a beginner couldn't handle. I would definitely say it has PB potential. For the most part it's flat or downhill road running. The route is well signed and marshalled in my opinion, I was never unsure where to go.
The scenery is a bit of a let down, you go through 2 nice sleepy little towns and mostly on roads surrounded by forests, but as on the Isle of Wight there are countless areas with beautiful views, unfortunately this race doesn't take in many, but it's nothing depressing or terrible either.
The atmosphere overall was very positive, the marshalls were extremely friendly, helpful and motivating, there was also plenty of support from others watching the race along the route. Other runners were very pleasant too so no issues on this front. I do think given the size of the Isle of Wight and the somewhat secluded nature of the place the event should be made bigger and more popular on the island itself.
As for organisation, the start was a bit confounding. I followed everyone else to what I assumed was the start line, most people lined up facing one way just to find out 2 minutes before the start they have to line up facing the complete opposite way. Whilst people were walking around parked cars trying to line themselves up the starting siren suddenly blasted out and before I knew it I was running. I think this could most definitely have been better signed and organised. Otherwise no issues, regular drinks and sponges stations, clear signage, easy and quick race registration.
I kind of hoped for at least a goody bag (and a t-shirt wouldn't go amiss) alongside the medal (Which is nothing special but is also nice and simple), unfortunately it was just the medal for completing the race (though the winners got awards of course), but that's not the point of the event anyway, especially given that entry was very cheap so the value is good.
Overall this is a very good event with a nice route for running so I would recommend it. Date of review: August 21, 2016
In short: Fabulous York In full: My first York 10k, my 4th overall, York is a great city with plenty to see along the route. Fairly flat with a little uphill downhill work at some points on the course, overall i would do this race again. Date of review: August 20, 2016
In short: 3rd time in 2016 3rd PB In full: This is the 3rd Leeds 10k i have competed in and each time i have recorded a Personal Best, being my home city i will be competing in this each year for years to come. The route is simple and considerably flat apart from the final stretch where there is a little hill. A change in route could be good for the challenge though. Date of review: August 20, 2016
In short: Fabulous Day In full: i did the 50k. organisation was great. 50k was well marked for a ultra event. marshalls and stations were plentiful , cheerful and very welcoming. atmosphere from other runners and walkers was great. scenery was out of this world. overall a brill event will definitely do this again. Date of review: August 20, 2016
In short: Freindly, weel organised event with excellent medal and t shirt In full: Really enjoyable and noticeably revamped following a one year break. Excellent pre event communication and friendly and well organized on the day. Measured slightly short for me and more toilets would have been welcome, but highly recommended overall Date of review: August 19, 2016
In short: Race is just part of enjoyable event In full: I find myself partial to 10m races for some reason and this has a lot more going for it in that it's just part of the Heckington Show. £10 race entry got me entry to the show (£10) and a technical t-shirt. We spent a couple of enoyable hours looking around the show after the race. Course is like a dog bone (loops at each end of a long straight) and is flat except for the road bridge that you cross 4 times. If weather is not too warm it could be a PBer. Date of review: August 19, 2016
In short: great fun and very well organised In full: A brilliant first event, well organised and very friendly. Bring your family, dogs, gazebo and picnic and enjoy a picturesque 4k trail with your running mates (teams of 4). The trail route is a little challenging in places but still suitable for any level of runner, even those at their first relay or trail event. Will definitely be back, already looking forwards to next year's event. Date of review: August 19, 2016