In short: Yet again spoilt by the walkers getting into the first waves In full: This is a good large race, but really does need to sort out the walkers and runners who manage 200 yards before walking who get into the early waves.
This could be an excellent race if more runners could show consideration for others.
All the problems are runner caused, bin bags in the middle of the road, bottles thrown down to cause a hazard and even at other runners.
Otherwise well organised and marshalled. Date of review: June 1, 2006
In short: What sadist thought of putting the last uphill at 7.5k? In full: Well organised, I was especially impressed by the organiser sending me a duplicate number when I thought the first had not arrived. They both actually arrived.
Seems like the whole area turned out to encourage us either at the start/end or on the route.
I found the uphills rather challenging as they mostly come in the first half with little chance to recover between them. And just when you think it's all over, there's the one at 7.5k!
I would definitely do this again if possible. However, in my case, I have a three hour drive back home afterwards, so an earlier start would be welcome. Date of review: April 30, 2006
In short: Early start had its pros and cons In full: Getting there for a 9:30 start required a change in my morning routine. However an early finish means getting back in time to have dinner before 2pm :0)
Starting on a road where the traffic was not stopped until a few second before the race started was unusual.
However the marshals, as usual, were helpful and friendly, organisation was good.
In short: Improved organisation from previous years. In full: Personally I did not experience the farce with the non-arrival of packs. Consequently I feel the organisation has improved from previous years and the toilets were no longer cholera hazards. However, as I travel from the North-West I will be looking for some assurance that the pack problem is a one-off.
Three things cause problems, but all runner related.
a) Why line up at the head of the field if you are not going to run more than a few yards before walking? b) Inconsiderate people throwing the water bottles in the middle of the road causing hazards for later runners. c) Why is it every year people stop to chat in the middle of the crowds trying to use the exit. Also, use some common sense, once you've struggled to leave through the crowded exit, add to your enjoyment by trying to get back into the assemble area(against the crowds). Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Again another well organised race. In full: I am probably going to be told that it was almost the same route, however the route seemed to be a bit more away from the traffic this year. It may have been an illusion, but the four mile hill seemed easier this year also.