In short: Top bannana ! In full: Nice T-shirt, a Christmas Pud (Sainsbury's..) as big as the dipper itself for 2005, Soup & Roll, great athomosphere, excellent marshalling, organised by runners for runners, special (albeit basic..) facilities to wash the sand out of your toes towards the end of the course, one of the most enjoyable races you'll ever do - all for £7 !! Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: A stonka of a HM course.... One of the fastest around ?? In full: Heard mixed reviews of this race last year from forumites and fellow club runners alike - but if there were any such probs in the past, someone has taken the bull by the horns this year and got it sorted
Well organised, great athmosphere, nice medium sized entry (so not too big nor small..), a fun finish, and the relative novelty of an A to B course (rather than going round in circles from A to A !)
The organisers deserve a medal for turning this round. Looking forward to 2006.. Date of review: October 24, 2005
In short: Faultless... In full: In my 6th year of running, and this was without question the best ever organised mass-participation race I've taken part in.
No queues to speak of, no delays at the start (spot on time..), a clever chicane at the start so that one you got over the start line thigs opened up, well supported (bring ear plugs...), perfect drink station, my chip and watch time identical (odd how this often not the case !), interesting/safe and well demarked course (I think the twisty bits at the start and finish rather clever..) etc etc
Thanks very much for all involved ! Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Better than last year, but still room for improvement In full: Something of a benchmark event for me, for varous personal and historical reasons. Also a good cause and primarily a charity event ?
Lots of opportunies to make this better - eg removing the dangerous green steel bollards at City Hall, opening water bottles before handing them to runners (cycling back after I noticed that roughly a quarter had been dropped unopened !), proper chip timing rather than "gun to chip" which is of little value to the runner, less twists and turns as we run past the same civic buildings again and again etc
The lack of toilets was also poor - many male runners relieved themselves in the UN Peace Garden behind the 'Temple of Peace and Health' (renamed 'Temple of Piss and Stealth' by a wag on the day..)
These all niggles though - I'll probaly be back, as no doubt will many '000s of others ! Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Suh a pity this race may be under threat - make the most of it whilst you can ? In full: Excellent organisation, another race for runners by runners, free beer, £1 BBQ with a veggy option, fine pub, flat, pretty..
I could go on - and hope this race will do likewise in 2006 !!
Thanks Chepstow Harriers.. Date of review: May 13, 2005