In short: Excellent and challenging event - not your normal 10K with some nice complications (obstacles) thrown in. In full: Really enjoyed this inaugural event. Whilst some people might think the cost high for a 10K, this is not your normal 10K. You're getting to run across private land that you don't normally get a chance to, and there's a whole bunch of challenges to overcome (think barbed wire, rivers, scaffolding, steep climbs etc etc).
I'll be back for the next instalment and looking forward to it already. Date of review: October 3, 2011
In short: Superbly organised In full: The striders certainly were out in numbers on Sunday organising this one - think just about everyone in the club must have been marshalling - loads of marshalls which was great. Also a lot pf police presence to stop the traffic where required. Flat course so definate PB potential. Only downside was the limited car parking. Date of review: January 22, 2008
In short: Nice race although starts could be more organised In full: A nice race with excellent support en route - people lining the route at the end of the driveways for the majority of the course. Also a nice memento (a decent cap albeit one with a sponsors logo all over). I wonder how long before they ban them in Touchwood?
I do have a couple of gripes I'm afraid.
1) There were two starts this year - one for the 'quicker' runners, and one for the 'fun' runners.
This would have been fine had the runners in the second start not been stood in the way of the runners in the first start. I had to force my way through to the start line because of a number of people in the second start wanting to be at the front of their second race. I had to virtually fight my through the bank of second starters to actually get going. As a result I spent the first mile of the race weaving past people. I wasn't the only one this affected by this either.
Next year can I suggest keeping the 2 sets of starters definately separated rather than the free for all.
2) Mile markers not accurate. I was concerned to be not be going past the first mile marker until 9 mins 40 secs on my watch. Now I know I'm not the quickest runner but this didn't feel right at all. I then covered the next mile in 8 minutes pretty much exactly without changing my pace. I gave up on the markers after that. With a cycle computer available for less than £10 it can't be that difficult to get the markers in the right place. Date of review: May 16, 2005