In short: Fun to run a new distance In full: I really enjoyed this race, especially the small field and scenic course. It was my first 8 mile race and I had a great run (for me!) and will definitely be back next year, even worth travelling 60 miles for :) Date of review: July 1, 2007
In short: Running fun beside the seaside In full: First time I have done this race and I loved it. Upsides: atmosphere, chip timing, fast and flat, closed roads Downsides: not enough portaloos (1:100 ratio! Eeek!), chip off shoes before water. Not enough downsides to put me off doing it again though!
One complaint I heard a lot of was about leaving the starting chip mats on the ground which confused some people who thought they had finished when they hadn't.
Only my 4th ever 10k race but so far my favourite by a long long way :) Roll on 2008! Date of review: May 21, 2007
In short: Who'd have thought it could be so much fun to be lapped?! In full: The organisation of this race was great, no toilet queue either, great marshalls, lovely memento. Downsides: the crush over the bridge and the uppy downy kerby bits (I know that there isn't much that can be done about that though!). I rather liked being lapped, mainly because I knew lots of the people doing the lapping (but I wish the people at the back with me had thought about being lapped and kept left a bit more). Hopefully I will be lapped by less people next year. Date of review: May 7, 2007
In short: Fast course, challenging, fun, would like chip times though In full: This was my second ever 10km race and compared to my first, there were no hills to worry about (though I still drove the course to work out where they were, I don't want surprises like that thanks!).
Marshalls and organisation was excellent, although I agree about the traffic being a problem in terms of nearly running us into the bushes at a few points!
Chip times would be greatly appreciated, for those of us near the back, we lost over a minute on our official time by the time we got over the line. I liked the touch of the marshall at the halfway point shouting out times.
No drink station wasn't a problem for me, as I drunk lots beforehand - if it was the summer it would have been a nightmare though!
I personally would have preferred a medal to a mug, but there you go - some prefer mugs and t-shirts.
Best of all got a PB by just under 6 minutes, so very chuffed with that. I will definitely be back next year, hopefully a bit nearer the front! Date of review: February 5, 2007
In short: Addicted to BPTT, moi? In full: I started running at the end of August 2006, with my first BPTT 6 weeks later. It appears I am addicted to running it. Bang goes my Saturday mornings. Everyone is so friendly, there is wonderful "encouragement" down the final, very long, straight and it really makes you push yourself. If you have never run a 5k before, come and try it out, you won't be disappointed. If you have never run before, start with the runner world beginners 6 week plan (like I did) and then make the BPTT your first 5k at the end of the 6 weeks. I honestly haven't looked back. There's no point, generally pretty much everyone else is in front of me :) Date of review: January 8, 2007
In short: Hilly, hard work, but strangely enjoyable! In full: Very chuffed I managed to get around my first 10k so well, evil hills though, not to mention evil wind and rain along by the pigs in the field! I wish the marshalls had done more encouraging, only one on the whole way around clapped and said "well done" which I thought was a bit mean :( Maybe because I was at the back of the fleet and their hands were worn out...just because we are slow doesn't mean we don't need encouragement.
I will probably do it next year though, if only to compare it to this. I reckon after a course like this, lots of other 10k's will seem like the proverbial walk in the park! Date of review: January 7, 2007