In short: A refreshing way to start the year In full: This was my first race of the year :) and it was a very fast course. I must admit I was expecting more of a run by the seaside and was prepared for the icy North sea winds (some people were running in vests and shorts - madness, bravery or hangover cures!), but most of the course was around the streets and golf course of Cleethorpes. This made the race faster though and everyone seemed to be going like the clappers at the start which helps with the PB's. There was quite a good crowd at various places and the marshalls were all very helpful and supportive - I thought most people would still be in bed nursing a hangover. If you want to start the year off with a morale boosting run then I would definitely recommend this.
In short: Well organised and marshalled race - PB potential In full: Full credit should go to the organisers and marshallers for a marvellous race. They did all the hard work - I just had a nice run in the sunshine. It was a very pleasant course with lots of encouragement from everyone. It's defintely a PB beater. The only bad news was that the chap at the front was far too quick and I missed out on a prize (admittedly by about 20 minutes and 200 odd places) but I'll be back next year to get a bit closer.
In short: A challenging jaunt through the Lincolnshire countryside In full: Anyone expecting a fast point to point race would have been disappointed as the course varied between roads, grass and mud tracks, over fields, stiles and railway lines.
A few people got lost - at one point I was stood in a middle of a field heading towards Digby trying to navigate using the sun. Some of the organisers admitted that they may need more signs next year.
However, don't let this detract from what was an excellent event with lots of support from all the stewards and local people I met. Considering that this was the first year for this event and no one had any train related accidents, the organisers had a lot more to consider than a simple run round the city event. I even got to speak to the legendary Geoff Capes and the mayor of Sleaford (at least I think she was - or else she stole the mayors chain).
I shall be back next year to try and aim to go a bit quicker (now I know the way).
In short: Well organised race through the countryside In full: I thought it was an very well organised race. The volunteers did a magnificant job and were very helpful and courteous. The course was pleasent and flat and conducive to going like the clappers. Also thanks to all the runners who were all pleasent and didn't try and steal my balls Date of review: June 2, 2008