In short: PB potential course rounded off with a beer and a burger. What more do you want?! In full: Thanks to the organisers, excellent work, especially for a first time running of the event! Date of review: June 18, 2011
In short: Shockingly bad organisation In full: They call it The Race for Climate Change, yet the start is so early that few can get there on public transport. 13000 runners arriving by car, armed with a postcode and no map. The roads are all closed and there are NO SIGNS to tell you how to get to the car park. Actually that worked in my favour since the car parks were apparently extortionate. After 30 mins of driving in circles I gave up and parked on a side street about 1km away. It was free.
The start was chaos. I had a black number and was aiming for 1.30 - 1.35. I positioned myself towards the back of the black section (which was supposed to be for 1.15 - 1.30). On noticing many other coloured numbers around me and hearing the predicted times of the other runners I shuffled forwards until I was at the front of the black section. It took over a minute and a half to cross the line, then 10 seconds later we came to a complete standstill. There were probably 200 slower runners in front of me, even orange numbers(2hrs plus). I couldn't get moved and it was infuriating. Even as the field thinned out later on I had to weave around a lot as the route was very narrow in places.
I also twice turned my foot in potholes.
The carnage at the finish line hadn't yet occurred when I arrived and that part went smoothly for me, though I was surprised to receive a cotton goody bag given the current cotton shortage caused by the floods in India, Pakistan and China (due to Climate Change!).
In short: The torrential rain may have clouded my judgement... In full: The start was a little haphazard but otherwise the organisation was very good. I feel sorry for the poor marshalls stood out there in that awful wind and rain. Hideous weather! I couldn't tell you much about the scenery since I couldn't see a thing for most of the course. It's a bit hilly and probably not a pb course, certainly not for me but then I've been ill all week so was pleased just to get round. The christmas pudding looks very impressive and they were giving out Lucozade bars, drinks and sachets too. I'm sure I'd have enjoyed it more in better weather and better health. Date of review: November 18, 2007