In short: Something different In full: As other reviews state, there are quite a few negatives to the race and it would be easy to focus on them. The diversion this year added 0.5 miles and there was no obvious reason why the start or finish weren't adjusted to compensate for this. The start was an absolute farce, allocated start times were ignored and it was just a case of turn up and join the queue. And personally having booked a hotel as I was travelling a fair distance and the organisers never bothered to reply to email/forum posts requesting a rough start time it's not great to then see that the start times are irrelevant anyway...
So based on that it would be easy to slate this event, but I loved it. The long course was not ideal but the nature of the course means PB's are very unlikely anyway. Everyone was friendly, the event was well marshaled and the marshalls full of support , the course is definitely something different and the 4 water stations were well staffed and well stocked.
Quality medal, quality goodybag, and despite the moans I can;t imagine not coming back next year.
In short: Ignoring the cost, a different and fun race In full: Positives - well what other race do you run past a herd of somewhat bemused looking Rhino's? A fast flat(ish) course, great organisation, a 3 lap course which was great for spectators, and lots of vocal support from officials.
Negatives - cost. Yes it includes admission to the zoo and it was clear that I was far from alone in making this a family day out but even so almost £30 is an awful lot for a 10km. I know if you subtract the admission it's not bad at all, but it still feels a lot. The goodybag was a battle of water, a cereal bar and a load of flyers for sponsors which is hardly inspiring.
The positives did massively outweigh the sole negative, but it's not an event I envisage doing regularly if ever again. Date of review: June 9, 2013
In short: Hard is possibly playing down how tough this is! In full: I only entered this as I have friends on the rock and they suggested it and I am so glad that I did. What a hidden gem of a race - I'd recomend it to anyone looking for something slightly out of the ordinary. A great course, different, very challenging and a refreshing change. Despite the overcast weather the scenary was fantastic and I imagine on a clear day they would be something truly special. The organisation was faultless, and the glass momento was an original and lovely souvenir. Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: I loved this event! In full: Fabulous event.
A couple of minor niggles to get out the way the gate just after the start and in a few places it is a bit narrow for overtaking (more the fault of people running down the middle or 2 abreast without thinking), but they are very minor. Support on the course at the water points and recommended viewing spots was enthusiastic, the band at one of them a lovely surprise and some support from walkers and people on narrow boats.
It's not really a course for PB chasing although I clocked one (albeit by just a handful of seconds), the course is predominantly flat and is certainly not slow. But I think most people don't enter for that reason, the course is lovely and makes for a thoroughly enjoyable run. Date of review: November 12, 2012