In short: Not much feedback is there! In full: Steve, Considering my comments, and the lack of feedback you race has recieved, you might wish to reconsider 'the friendliness' of your event. IF it was any good (and the pipers do were very nice) then many more peopl would offer great feedback, and join you again nect year. Whilst this year was a record entry.. i suggest it appeals more to a clubby runner, than an individual.
In short: Very Clique - but good for beginners if you ignore that. In full: Seems like there are loads of club runners competing in this race and the small amateur runners are not appreciated or even recognised. However, the actual course was not too challenging with a couple of long inclines, but equally with long descents too.
Well marshalled. and policed.
Could not find directions anywhere on RW or their website i.e. no address, no tel number and no postcode. Even the race confirmation letter had NO DIRECTIONS. This was not only annoying but very frustrating. Eventually a visit to Dumfries Tourist Information gave me the school post code for my satnav. When I mentioned this to Steve Head, he seemed not to care much and was more concerend about his telephone number remaining ex-directory! My problem was not his telephone number, it was directions to the EVENT.
I felt very unwelcome, and even though I traveled 150 miles, and got a PB, I will not be enterinbg again.
In short: Wicked Trail Run In full: I am a novice 10k road runner aged 50 years old. I started on this year as a fat and overweight 16st plus. I have entered 8 10k's so far this year, and because last Monday was a bank holiday, my training was interupted because running partners were not avaialable. So i searched online in RW on the day before and found the Spofforth Gala trail. I had little idea what a 'trail race' actually was, but I entered it as a training run. It was a bit of a shock to see the terrain, and the bog. Spent most of my time concenrating on keeping my footing! It was great fun, and a great family day out. I would not do it again, but only because it's not my type of running surface. Still managed a respectable 52mins.
In short: Not as it seems! You should try it! In full: This was an event that will grow and possibly sell out in a short time. The scenery was very dull, running between building in town, and housing estate back throught the town again. Plus the rating was FLAT. I can tell you, it is most def NOT flat. There is a very long incline which wears you out before a hairpin down the incline again. The atmosphere was stunning, overwhelming and the organisation was equally brilliant. I was told by my family that it was just as enjoyable for the many thousands of spectators too. And 2 of my sons who have never run before said they wanted to be part of the fun next year! The price was very high at over 20 quid, but I would do it again. It is a shame for that price that the organisers could not have negotiated a small medal for all finishers, instead of a T-shirt that I will never wear, so no-one will see. (Why wouldn't I wear it? Because It would wear out, and then I woukd have no momento at all of the inauguaral event). It is a great first time race. But not for anyone seeking a PB. First timers are just dragged along with the fun and atmosphere, whilst surrounded by red faced, panting, first timer celebs.
In short: Much harder gradients that it looks, but still got my PB In full: Been training for months on dead flats, so this was a shock! Great race, but I did have to pull my socks up and finished very fast despite my lungs exploding! The one critism I have is the organisational skills of those involved on the day i.e. no official starting area, and a chalk line drawn on the road as the only indication of a start, traffic being guided through the runners at the start line rather than holding them back for 5 mins, gate to the Humber Bridge footpath could not be located and delayed the start time, the starting horn abd the clock were not in sync, plus loads more disorganisation but too much to mention. Luckily the venue made up for it all. Whilst I would run it again, I will not be doing so, because of the poor organisiation.
In short: Fabuolous In full: Missed last years first GEAR. But managed to drive from Yorkshire to get into this one. The start was just a little cramped, but once over the start line, had no problems with blocking. Nice and flat, very fast course, and easy to get a PB if you are not hindered in the fun crowd at the back half. Will be entering for next year asap, because it is so popular they will be restricting to around 1,800 runners.
In short: My first 10k and a PB In full: There were minor problems i.e. flooded track causing problems, but generally a good beginners race (as it was for me). I have trained for 4 months for this race, and was please to get a PB on the day.
I would really like to know where the online results are being published, and if anyone has the website address please email me. firstname.lastname@example.org