In full: Race HQ was at a local school & there seemed to be enough free parking to accomodate everyone. You had to collect your number on the day but when I got there, there wasn't any queues.
The route started out as quite flat along the canal towpath which was fine. Being a slower runner, I positioned myself towards the back so I wasn't blocking up the path for the faster runners. Parts of the path were wide enough to over-take although if you are a faster runner still best to get near the front.
After 5-6 miles, there is a long climb up hill but was worth it as shortly afterwards we were able to run through some beatiful woodland.
Unfortunately we weren't there too long before we started working our way back to the canal towpath for the last 3 miles.
Overall the race was fine, I was doing it off the back of an injury though so I didn't enjoy it as much as I probably could.
In short: Small & scenic In full: There was only a small field of runners so if you're slow like me, be prepared to spend a long time running on your own. Not that I minded as it was a lovely route.
A few friendly marshals along the way but very well sign-posted so you wouldn't get lost.
With it being just a small local race, there was no fancy thrills but it didn't matter. There was free parking close to the start which was very useful, probably could have done with an extra toilet though.
Overall, a friendly litte race with a lovely scenic route. Date of review: September 18, 2011
In short: Too tough on a windy day In full: Only a small locally organised race so had a nice feel to it.
My biggest issue was that although it was quite scenic, parts of the route were very exposed to the elements. On a very windy day like today it made it so tough. The wind was so strong it ripped part of my race number off!
There were also long stretches of the route which had no marshals, I understand that it might be hard to get enough people to help but going over 2 miles on open roads without seeing one was a bit unsettling.
Everything else seemed fine though, they provided free parking very close to the start, had a nice race village & had 3 water stations. Bargin price & a medal too. Date of review: September 11, 2011
In full: First of all, I liked the idea of the number for life idea, esp. as I got my lucky number.
The race village wasn't huge but there seemed to be enough there. There didn't seem to be be enough toilets but in fact, the queues moved quite quickly.
The start, as everyone else has pointed out, was a bit of a shambles. I think they should have had pens so people could have lined up in the correct place. The first 1/2 mile loop was pretty bad, although I wasn't caught up in slower runners it was quite demoralising to have run through the start line twice. I also didn't like doing the same lap again at the finish.
The route itself was very pleasant & was pretty flat as promised. I do prefer to have bottles instead of cups as I manage to spill so much water over myself! But there are so many races which do cups instead of bottles so we can't really complain.
Free parking close to the start was very much appreciated. The medal was quite impressive although a little goody bag to go with it would have made it even sweeter!
I think there needs to be more a finishers funnel. I was getting a bit annoyed battling through lots of non-runners just to get my chip removed & collect my medal drink etc.
Overall I thought it was good, just really need to sort out the route at the start & hopefully the finish. The Date of review: September 5, 2011
In short: Great race but killer hill at the start! In full: First things first - that hill! Very steep in places & quite winding. There were a lot of walkers were I was in the pack so had to weave in & out but that didn't really slow me down, the hill did a good enough job on it's own! Just pleased that it was at the start rather then having to tackle it when at exhausted at the end.
Plenty of parking in a field. The toilets were part of the leisure centre but judging by the queues there probably could have been a few portaloos to boost the numbers.
The organisation seemed pretty good & the medal & goody were amazing! Nice to finally get a technical t-shirt from a race. Lots of other little goodies too.
Because of the good organisation, great goody bag & value for money I would defintely like to do more of their events. Date of review: July 18, 2011
In short: Bring back the medal for all finishers! In full: 2nd year doing this race & it still had it's small friendly charm to it.
To echo what others had said, the medal/mug situation was disappointing, I'm glad it's not just me who wasn't keen on the mug!! I feel it would have been a lot fairer for those who entered early to get the medal or at least have the choice, instead of doing it the other way round. Date of review: July 4, 2011
In short: Somewhat hilly! In full: Small race with a lovely 'local' feel to it. The race HQ is on a green with the village hall providing the toilets. Fantastic support from the local residents too.
The route is somewhat hilly, with a particulary long winding one starting between 1-2 miles. A few other climbs & I swear not as many downhill sections?!
Things are keep quite simple. No chip timing, instead you're handed a piece of paper at the end with your placing. And it's a very small field but I think that all adds to the charm of it. Medal & a sports drink at the end but didn't check out the rest of the HQ to see what entertainment there was. It's great to do a race that is a different distance to all the 10ks, HMs out there & it's a good price.
Apart from the start being delayed for a few mins the organisation seemed pretty good.
In short: Scenic 10k In full: Easy to get to & plenty of parking on site. Nice venue for the race HQ & probably enough to keep supporters entertained while you're out running (I thought the petting zoo was a nice touch!).
Organisation was good & we got a briefing shortly before the start.
Parts of the course were single file & the field leading up to the finish was quite uneven which made a PB very unlikely. However, the route was very enjoyable.
Medal at the end & you can even pick the size of your t-shirt! Plenty of refreshments.
If it wasn't so far away from home then I would definitely look at doing this one again next year. Date of review: June 6, 2011