MB -- There is clearly one person, and possibly two more, who is disgruntled with the event that you organised; however, the reviews to which you refer are a long way from the worst reviews that I've ever seen. The reviews could be bogus... Most runners who do these local 5K series type of events tend to know what to expect and it is difficult to imagine what the reviewer(s) would have expected in terms of atmosphere... Also, none of the reviews really explained in what way the organisation was poor. I wouldn't worry too much about those reviews, there's a positive one there now anyway. Make yourself feel better by reading the reviews of the British 10K
So how many people did take part in the event? The results are not up yet. Were there only 20 people in the race?
8 pounds is by no means extortionate but the problem with a 5k these days is that everyone can run one for free at a parkrun. I wouldn't use a 5k to make a series out of in the current climate.
I have run the Regents Park series organised by you and found them to be great value and well organised. The Bewl 15 has a very good reputation too so I wouldn't take a couple of bogus reviews too seriously.
Hi Sussex Runner - yes it was a small field - its the first year for the series and although we had 35 pre-entered we only had 21 on the night. Unfortunately, we were forced out of the original location due to yobs disrupting the race and breaking windows on our vehicle (not the best of days!). We do expect the series to grow and match those we do elsewhere where we have entries of 100 plus on a regular basis. The parkrun events are distinct and, as we've said, we are supporters of parkrun events. We feel though that our evening series are opportunities to get a timed, and in most cases accurately measured, 5k race with the usual race mementos such as medals and prizes. Those we do elsewhere are really popular - even in locations where they have a parkrun.
The comments are even more puzzling because we had four really complimentary emails from runners who took part - these arrived before the reviews were posted.
Whilst it is easy just to ignore such reviews we still feel them!
Never mind - onwards and upwards!
The chap who wrote those 3 negative reviews could have made it a bit less obvious by not using the same phrases and writing them on the same day!
Does sound a bit of a nightmare the whole thing, for reasons outside of your control.
I'd probably be a bit gutted if I turned up at a race and found 20 others there though. But probably would be a little more sympathetic in the circumstances.
Oh I dunno. 20 racers means at least a half-half chance of a top 10 finish.
These things take time to build up I'd think. I'll drag a few folks along next summer. Keep going. I enjoyed the series and I think most other people did too. I liked the small crowd feel to it too.
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