In short: Good race, poor water stations In full: Generally good organisation. There was a problem issuing numbers to those who turned up a bit close to the race start (I was there an just over an hour early and found no queue). Baggage drop was excellent, marshals friendly, as expected! Big problem: water stations. We knew it would be very hot, and water stations were wholly inept and inadequate to the task. The marshals at the stations tried very hard but too many people trying to get drinks just made for utter chaos and resulted in runners missing water completely or losing time waiting in queues for a cup! Date of review: July 9, 2013
In short: Well organised, good route, great race In full: Sorry for being used to country lanes and beautiful countryside, as I'm almost not impressed with the scenery. Good start, well-marshalled course, good atmosphere, 2 good water stations (very useful as it was fairly warm!) and a good finish. No t-shirt this year, but that's fine. Nice medal and a nice PB! Date of review: June 2, 2013
In short: Well organised but shockingly expensive In full: The bridge-affar was well handled, so well done to the organisers who had to make a difficult decision with very little time. The situation was explained clearly and as soon as they could.
However, that does not have anything to do with charging up-to £28 for a 10k. That was virtually daylight robbery, whether for charity or not. The t-shirt and medal in the goody bag didn't cost much and the 80p worth of chocolate was poor. Date of review: May 19, 2013
In short: Good race, it'll get better with age! In full: Generally a good race, and it has the potential to be great! marshals were mostly helpful and supportive, though hired security guys knew nothing. Water stations were all very good, well laid out and spread out. As a visitor to the city I would have liked signs saying where to park (having entered late there were no "VIP" parking slots left; it took me 1/2 hour to find my way around! I was also caught out slightly by dozens of unmentioned underpass "hills" - nothing much, but combined they really affected my stride! T-shirt "for sale" (£15) is excellent, the free finisher's t-shirt was a surprise, and pretty good for a cotton one. Way too large though, does one size really fit all?! The preparation for the start and finish in the football stadium was good, I'm sure football fans felt it meant more! Great support in the last 400 yards! Date of review: May 6, 2013
In short: Great local race In full: I didn't see any organisational faults, though I heard of some; great crowds, few marshalls (though the ones I saw were great!). I hate the course, but accept it's fair enough, and having taken 2 mins off my PB I can't really complain! Date of review: April 9, 2013
In short: Good time trial sort of race In full: well organised with very friendly, supportive and efficient marshalls. Goody bag wasn't quite goody (a cereal bar, banana, bird food, massage gel and some leaflets) but the t-shirt is excellent. Date of review: February 25, 2013
In short: Excellent challenging race, good organisation In full: limited facilities mean showering back at home but otherwise good; lovely cafe, good tshirt! just needs chip timing! Date of review: January 27, 2013