In short: Lovely local race - gently undulating trot through the countryside In full: Overall I thought it was a lovely local race, that was well organised and a good start to the marathon year. Course is a little undulating but nothing too bad.
Positives - Low key, nice number of runners, lovely supporters, generally good marshalling, good parking
Negatives - No goodies in goodie bag (I'm male and bald so moisturiser and shampoo are no use), and maybe could have given us 10 second count down to start Date of review: January 23, 2012
In short: Never again In full: Sorry to do this on here - but this was one of the worst organised events I am ever run in. I feel bad saying it as I am a massive supporter of those that volunteer on days like these to help get it organised, and it is a pretty thankless task. However we do all pay money - and I think therefore expect some organisation.
I arrived just out of the venue at 9.25, and was then directed back and forth until we were eventually parked at 10.15. Once I had found the (unmanned) baggage area, and navigated the queue for the two loo cubicles (why no signs or marshalls or anyone telling us there were another 25 at the start or in another building) - I had missed the start by 5 minutes. Apologies to those I had to try to navigate my way past on the way. Arrived back at the end - to find my bag had been rifled through (why no one watching or a manned baggage area) - (only lost 10 quid luckily) - and the it took me 45 minutes to get our of car park ,and nearly 2 hours to get back to M1.
I will never do this race again - and will not recommend to anyone to do it.
On top of the logistical nightmares - the course is dull and unscenic.