In short: C Grade - could do better !! In full: Overall, sorry to say, but an average race. The good points just outweigh the bad. I will be back again as it is a local race to me and it's a good quality field. There are some significant areas the organisers need to manage better and other areas that are very good. If the organisers can sort out the race's 'FRAYED EDGES' they'll have a truly great race on their hands. Read on if you're interested. BAD POINTS: 1)The control at the start is awful. I spent 4 miles overtaking people who were directed to the sub 1hr:20 zone when they were clearly +2hr runners (not the runners fault). 2)The bag drop tent didn't seem very well managed at all. 3)The finish area was a right mess.People were all over the place & I had to go back for my medal because I missed the people handing them out. 4)No Goody-bag either, even a bottle of water and a Mars Bar (other Chocolate bars are available) would have been nice. GOOD POINTS: 1)Fast flattish course. 2)Very well marshalled (on route). 3)Good local support. 4)Excellent medal. 5)Great water stations (plenty & in right place) SEE YOU NEXT YEAR :-)
In short: Cold, Wet, Windy but lovely course with plenty of challenging hills. In full: Bless the Marshalls for standing around in the cold. I'd rather be running, even in those conditions :-) Very well organised and a clearly marked course. Great location and the scenery in the New Forest was a definite highlight. My first time in this race, but I'll be back next year with some other victims/friends !! If you liked this run, try the Marlow Half. Date of review: November 30, 2009
In short: And I thought 2008 was tough !!! In full: Congrats to everyone who slogged it out and finished the race. The conditions were very tough. WELL DONE to the Marshalls too and the supporters who braved the conditions to cheer us home. I knocked 9 minutes off my time here last year, so I'm really pleased - although my calves are in agony this morning.
Cons: What no goodies ? Not even a chocolate bar ? Pros: Great Marshalls, Great course, Great organisation. The T-shirt is great.
Summary: Are you tough enough for 2010 ? Date of review: November 2, 2009
In short: Great Fun - Great Course - Great Big Queues In full: Overall a fantastic race, great support even from the somewhat bemused Japanese tourists all round Westminster and along the Embankment :-)
Pros - Great location, traffic free, flat course and excellent support.
Cons - Queues for the Loos and the Bag-drop were horrendous. The Good-Bag, was literally that "a Bag". I think they forgot to actually put anything in the bags ??? Just an empty brown bag - little bit wierd !! The wooden medal was different, but doesn't really do the race justice. The free bananas and drinks were appreciated.
Overall, a great run though. I would recommend it to anyone, just remember to get there earlier than you think you need to, so you can use the loo and drop your bag off or you WILL miss the official start. Date of review: October 12, 2009
In short: Fantastic & Dreadfull - all in one day In full: I couldn't agree more about the parking. FYI to all - the race director personally emailed me after last years parking debacle and promised me that they had sacked the previous Traffic "Management" company and 2009 would be better - Hmmmm !?!?!? Just in case, this year I parked outside the main field and walked to the car park - it took 10 mins to get back to the car (with 2 children under 5), but I was on the road within 2 mins from reaching the car). Alternatively, get the train or if you live locally, get a friend, neighbour or relative to drop you off.
Apart from the parking, I found the race to be fantastic. The weather was stunning again, the marshalls (the Cadets/Scouts etc..) were amazing. The crowd was awesome and the scenery was beautiful. The family had a great day.
BTW - they aren't going to change the starting time, so in reference to the dehydration, all I can say is be better prepared. I didn't suffer at all and I only took two drinks from the tables. One I drank, one went on my head/neck. Buy one of the hand-held water bottles and make sure you're properly hydrated before the race. Don't forget, despite this year being hot and 2008's race being even hotter, this type of weather is not typical of late September, so I can't believe it will be the same next year. They're due a wet race.
I'm definately planning to run next year and I'm definately not parking in the car park again.
In short: Great fun, enjoyed the challenge every minute In full: Very well organised, family friendly race. Loads of things to keep the spectators amused while they waited, especially the kids. The course is nice and scenic, although more undulating than the descibed "flat". Also, approximately 75% of the race is on mainly compacted forest tracks, so if you have road shoes you'll get a shock. Very efficiently organised and the Marshalls were great, all around the course and very supportive. I will be back next year, this time with friends. Date of review: July 20, 2009
In short: Yateley never fails to deliver :) In full: Congrats to the organisers. For years and years, they consistently have delivered a well run, well marshalled, organised race with great support. When you run the Yately 10K series, it really makes you wonder why other races fail so miserably. It really isn't rocket science and Yateley have it nailed. I've been running these races now for approx 16/17 years and still love them. Thanks to the organisers and friendly helpful marshalls. Date of review: June 4, 2009
In short: Wow - that was hot !!! In full: Really enjoyed the day overall. The start/finish location was great and the family had loads of things to do while they waited for the finish. The course was pretty and support in the villages was really good. The weather was a bonus, but only for the supporters :)
Pros: Lovely scenic route.Great Marshalling. Crowd support was excellent. Potentially a PB course (when it's not approaching 80 Degrees !!). Well controlled start and ON-TIME unlike many other races fail to manage. Cons: No goody bag, just a average medal and a cup of water :( Date of review: May 26, 2009
In short: Good and Bad In full: Apart from the Park & Ride problems (standing in a queue for 50 mins), the course seemed well marshalled and the 'waves' of starts worked brilliant. I was actually supposed to be in zone 'B' but went back to 'D' to run with a friend. Even in 'D' there were no delays and we managed to run the entire way without any congestion. Atmosphere on the whole course was great, with both spectators and runners encouraging each other. Will definatelty run again, but will book a hotel room in the city for the night before to avoid the travel challenges. The finish 'funnel' was too small and not enough marshals telling people to move along. As usual, all the runners seemed to want to get their goody bag from the first person handing them out, rather than going to one of the extra 30 marshals standing further down the line. Other than that, good run, enjoyable city centre appeal with good support. Hopefully the organisers can arrange for the great weather again next year :) Date of review: March 18, 2009
In short: Yet again, Yately delivers what it says on the tin !! In full: I've been doing the Yateley Race series for 18 or so years now. The races continually deliver a really excellent midweek race series. Overall, organisation is very good, the course is challenging enough with an uphill first 3kms, then gradul downhill/flat all the way until 9kms, then a short blast uphill past Waitrose, then back downhill for a fast finish. The parking is generally well marshalled with nobody getting stroppy which makes a change from other races. Will definately be doing all three again this year. Highly recommended. Date of review: February 20, 2009