In short: Shambolic In full: What a shambles of a start and finish. The schedule for the various races was far too tight to be achievable. No one was informed of revised start times and the starts and finishes were simply chaotic. The poor kids were stood around for far too long, then subject to a far too vogorous warm up then had to wait ages for their start. The announcer at the stage also had the gall to shout at the kids for standing around and that they should keep moving. The organisation was dreadful. The adults race was equally chaotic. Too many runners for the course and start/finish. When announing that Lincoln 10k is in the top ten for 10k races in the UK. They should clarify that means for numbers of entrants, not for organisation and quality of event. Definately won't be back and hope the school challenges move to a different race in future as well. Date of review: April 3, 2011
In short: Decent course, no real hills but a very muddy farm track section In full: Excellent organisation at start and finish. Excellent marshalling. The 10.5 mile water station could have done with being at 9 miles The over enthusiastic marshal who walked out in front of me trying to force a cup of water into my hand should realise that when a runner runs in the middle of the road as far away from the water tables as possible, and makes no attempt to take a cup then that may be because they don't want a drink. Other than that a great event. Date of review: February 22, 2011
In short: Great course but shambolic organisation In full: Great course, decent hills and fantastic views. Closed road for start and finish was nice. But organisation was appalling. Race instructions - "The race start and allocated car park will be clearly signposted from the A38 Tamar bridge" - I never a single one. Everyone was sent wrong within first mile making the distance 12.9 miles One marshall had gone to his car and I had to shout to ask directions. Another marshall was just chatting to a friend and again I had to ask which way. The timekeeper told some parents the fun run finished down a side street when it finished in the main street. Since they hadn't taken addresses or contact mobile numbers at registration that could have made it fun! Shame, the course and setting could have made this a great event. Not sure if it's worth doing again. Race HQ well sign posted from A Date of review: May 2, 2010
In short: Tavistock AC strike gold again In full: Having seen the excellant organisational skills of Tavistock AC at the Tavy 7 I thought I couldn't lose with entering their inaugural half marathon. They didn't disappoint. What a great event. I'm sure I read somewhere in the pre-race blurb ages ago something about the course being flattish. It wasn't but what a great course with random groupings of supporters to encourage you just when you need it and you can't beat a finish on the track. The commentator at the finish gave his usual star performance, how does he do it.
Excellant event and will definately be a permanent fixture in many runners race diaries. Date of review: April 18, 2010
In short: Great course, excellant organisation - a must do event In full: Plymouth Council's bizarre decision to fill in a crucial pedestrian subway left the race organisers with a dilemma. Either issue all the runners with a pick and shovel or change the first and last few miles of the course. It was felt that option one would give the cornish runners, with their mining heritage, too much of an advantage over the Devon runners in the inter county challenge. So option two was chosen. Was the new course slower or faster than the old one, who knows. Too be honest who cares it was still an excellant, well organised race with spot on signage and marshalling. The finish of a lap and a half of the track at the Brickfields was heaven on the feet and real uplifting support for the runners in that last 600 metres. One of my favourite event. Date of review: February 21, 2010
In short: One of the best events around In full: This is the third year I've run in this event, my only regret is I hadn't discovered it earlier. Great course, marshalling, organising and parking. How does the guy with the PA keep such a commentary going the whole time, he's an absolute star. I'd love to recommend it to everyone but that might mean that it fills up even quicker and I might not get in. So I won't.
Anyone with any complaints must simply be impossible to please. Date of review: November 10, 2009
In short: Great course but shambles before the start In full: Great course, no massive hills just lots and lots of smaller ones. There was hardly any flat.
But organisation before the start was shambolic. No signs telling anyone where to go to register etc, none of the 'helpers' knew what was happening. Parking, plenty of it but why so far away when there was plenty nearer.
As for the fun run again decent route but no real organisation before the start and why was the fun run so far from the half and full marathons?
Great half marathon course but with the pre-race and fun run pre-event chaos I'm not sure I'll be back. Date of review: October 11, 2009
In short: Good off road course but signs in general were lacking In full: Dissapointingly not up to the usual standard we have come to expect from St.Austell. No signs en route telling you were the event was. Once you found it, no signs tellig you where to park, where registration was, where the start was (for the fun run or main event). However the course itself was in a great setting with a good uphill finish. Date of review: May 17, 2009