In short: One of the best In full: Whilst not carping at the race which was brilliant I append a few observations: -the race numbers were a good idea as at every marshalling point you were cheerfully addressed by your name which was very uplifting. More race organisers should follow this practice! - the videos were hilarious.When can we expect the TV series? -I was not happy with the new off-road bit as I reiterate what a previous correspondant stated about slippiness and dodging the potholes. -Why was the arch removed prior to the back markers arriving in the stadium? -Good t-shirt! -I still noted , despite many warnings , that folk had earphones in.Are these runners loony especially with the traffic which was encountered on route.Do they realise that an accident to prejudice the future running of the event ??? -See you next year. Date of review: December 9, 2013
In short: A toughie! In full: Following on from previous comments - -The water cups were poor -the course was challenging which I enjoyed -marshalls were generally surly -the atmosphere and location were brilliant -I was not prepared for the sand and gravelly track , but this was no detriment. -the last part of the hill at 7 miles was a bit of a killer(most folk who were around me sensibly walked it ) -the medal was different which I did not object -who wants goody bag anyway ??? most of those handed out at events are a waste of time. -overall a good event which I am glad I entered and completed.
In short: A lovely run in the park In full: Very friendly atmosphere with chatty cheering marshals.The park is worth the event.Very recommendable to first timers as there is no pressure on running a time.Well worth looking at! Date of review: November 25, 2013
In short: Wot , no medals ??? In full: Better organised than last year, the starting place being more user friendly. Unfortunately the 2013 Tomlinson Leeds 10k uses virtually the same route? Come on lets have some imagination as I would say that both events possibly attract a good proportion of the same entrants. Small t-shirts were gone for those of us at the back of the field. On some events ,especially when no entrants are allowed on the day ,the shirt size is marked on the running number.This would appear to resolve the problem. However , despite the gripes , a good event well worth supporting. Date of review: November 18, 2013
In short: A good cause In full: The folk running this event were very accommodating and the organisation , albeit a bit late was OK. All very friendly and good venue - that is if you are a Notts Forest supporter. T shirt and medal were good . HOWEVER!!! - the advertised 5k race was actually only 1.88 miles in length and I had finished before I had really begun.Why were we not able to progress further down the riverside walk before returning ???? Having travelled a considerable distance to take part in this event the length of the course was disappointing. Please look into this aspect of the event should you run it in 2014. Date of review: October 30, 2013
In short: A reasonable seaside event In full: Parking was charged at £2 which was reasonable and was directly next to the start ( parking is expensive in Blackpool! ) The event was what it was ,that is, up on a pathway and down on the lower promenade. I clocked the distance as being spot on. Marshalls were encouraging and all-in-all the event is one which is worth supporting. A nice medal , but this is expected from this group! Date of review: July 22, 2013
In short: Excellent course for the average runner In full: Directions to the event good Parking good ( getting out very slow) The route around Derby was excellent Good support and encouraging marshalls Finish good ( Reading standard) T-shirt good but cannot understand why medium and small sizes were not available !!! ) Shame that no medal existed for a good event Goody bag rubbish - why bother - the bag probobly cost more than the contents ( loads of bumff , one sweetie and a bracelet advertising a fitness club? ) If the above criticisms were address I would give the event a wholehearted endorsement Date of review: April 30, 2013
In short: This race is made for first timers! In full: Excellent event.Easy parking next to the start, a traffic free route, good marshalling , as flat as you get roads,free transport back to the start in a luxury coach and albeit cotton< a well designed t-shirt. A bargain at the price.
In short: excellent!excellent!excellent! In full: brilliant event!Best t-shirt of the year!excellent medal!a more than generous goodie bag. Anyone organising a running event should consider The Mad Dog as a role model. Date of review: February 11, 2013