In full: First of all, I liked the idea of the number for life idea, esp. as I got my lucky number.
The race village wasn't huge but there seemed to be enough there. There didn't seem to be be enough toilets but in fact, the queues moved quite quickly.
The start, as everyone else has pointed out, was a bit of a shambles. I think they should have had pens so people could have lined up in the correct place. The first 1/2 mile loop was pretty bad, although I wasn't caught up in slower runners it was quite demoralising to have run through the start line twice. I also didn't like doing the same lap again at the finish.
The route itself was very pleasant & was pretty flat as promised. I do prefer to have bottles instead of cups as I manage to spill so much water over myself! But there are so many races which do cups instead of bottles so we can't really complain.
Free parking close to the start was very much appreciated. The medal was quite impressive although a little goody bag to go with it would have made it even sweeter!
I think there needs to be more a finishers funnel. I was getting a bit annoyed battling through lots of non-runners just to get my chip removed & collect my medal drink etc.
Overall I thought it was good, just really need to sort out the route at the start & hopefully the finish. The Date of review: September 5, 2011
In short: Great race but killer hill at the start! In full: First things first - that hill! Very steep in places & quite winding. There were a lot of walkers were I was in the pack so had to weave in & out but that didn't really slow me down, the hill did a good enough job on it's own! Just pleased that it was at the start rather then having to tackle it when at exhausted at the end.
Plenty of parking in a field. The toilets were part of the leisure centre but judging by the queues there probably could have been a few portaloos to boost the numbers.
The organisation seemed pretty good & the medal & goody were amazing! Nice to finally get a technical t-shirt from a race. Lots of other little goodies too.
Because of the good organisation, great goody bag & value for money I would defintely like to do more of their events. Date of review: July 18, 2011
In short: Bring back the medal for all finishers! In full: 2nd year doing this race & it still had it's small friendly charm to it.
To echo what others had said, the medal/mug situation was disappointing, I'm glad it's not just me who wasn't keen on the mug!! I feel it would have been a lot fairer for those who entered early to get the medal or at least have the choice, instead of doing it the other way round. Date of review: July 4, 2011
In short: Somewhat hilly! In full: Small race with a lovely 'local' feel to it. The race HQ is on a green with the village hall providing the toilets. Fantastic support from the local residents too.
The route is somewhat hilly, with a particulary long winding one starting between 1-2 miles. A few other climbs & I swear not as many downhill sections?!
Things are keep quite simple. No chip timing, instead you're handed a piece of paper at the end with your placing. And it's a very small field but I think that all adds to the charm of it. Medal & a sports drink at the end but didn't check out the rest of the HQ to see what entertainment there was. It's great to do a race that is a different distance to all the 10ks, HMs out there & it's a good price.
Apart from the start being delayed for a few mins the organisation seemed pretty good.
In short: Scenic 10k In full: Easy to get to & plenty of parking on site. Nice venue for the race HQ & probably enough to keep supporters entertained while you're out running (I thought the petting zoo was a nice touch!).
Organisation was good & we got a briefing shortly before the start.
Parts of the course were single file & the field leading up to the finish was quite uneven which made a PB very unlikely. However, the route was very enjoyable.
Medal at the end & you can even pick the size of your t-shirt! Plenty of refreshments.
If it wasn't so far away from home then I would definitely look at doing this one again next year. Date of review: June 6, 2011
In short: Not good on a windy day! In full: The race had already started by the time I made it to the start, we had to go through a narrow alley way which quickly backed up. If you'll really fussed about getting a good start then head over there a little bit earlier & you'll be fine.
The course was ok, a few bottle neck areas at times when going down steep steps, through the kissing gate etc but I wasn't time chasing so didn't mind.
Parts of the route where very open, not much fun on very windy days like we had.
According to my Garmin, it came up 0.25k short but given how knackered I was by the end I didn't mind!
At the end you had to do a bit of a weaving round a field before the getting to the finish, very frustrating when you can see the finish line but you're not quite there but a nice welcome when you finally made it.
Didn't make much use of the race HQ but there seemed plenty to do for the family to do. Date of review: May 23, 2011
In full: Decided to do this one again at the last minute after pulling out of a half due to illness. Still not feeling 100% come the start of the race I'm glad I turned up. Beautiful day & nice scenic course.
The hills were just as I remembered - frequent! Nothing really steep & they're over quite quickly.
Despite being a very small local race, it is well organised.