In short: This event is not for the slower runner In full: I pen this critique as one of the slower runners. The marshalls were possibly the most unfriendly and taciturn I have ever encountered ( except for the odd one!)One was also totally unhelpful at a road junction in that I was nearly run down by traffic.This could have been avoided if he had have been attending to what he was supposedly there to do. On returning to the finish I was nearly mown down by club runners cooling down running towards me in bunches with total disregard of the slower finishers.Those who had finished , including spectators were streaming across the road to the car park , thus obstructing the race. I am not normally one to carp about races as I realize the effort to organise them.The above criticisms are those which I trust will be addressed on a future event. Apart from the above the organisation was good and I enjoyed the event. Date of review: February 3, 2014
In short: The weather did not help! In full: The route was different from last year in that the puddled track was avoided.Definately a plus. The marshalls were cheerful despite the wind and rain.Good medal.This event is well worth supporting.However the start was a bit chaotic especially for those at the back as there was no awareness of the actual starting line. Date of review: January 27, 2014
In short: A good race for a first timer In full: The venue is definitely more user friendly than the previous one.Parking was excellent but as others have reported , toilets were a bit sparse.The straight road past the Inskip never gets shorter!!! An excellent event with cheerful helpful marshalls.A good medal(as usual!) Date of review: January 8, 2014
In short: One of the best In full: Whilst not carping at the race which was brilliant I append a few observations: -the race numbers were a good idea as at every marshalling point you were cheerfully addressed by your name which was very uplifting. More race organisers should follow this practice! - the videos were hilarious.When can we expect the TV series? -I was not happy with the new off-road bit as I reiterate what a previous correspondant stated about slippiness and dodging the potholes. -Why was the arch removed prior to the back markers arriving in the stadium? -Good t-shirt! -I still noted , despite many warnings , that folk had earphones in.Are these runners loony especially with the traffic which was encountered on route.Do they realise that an accident to prejudice the future running of the event ??? -See you next year. Date of review: December 9, 2013
In short: A toughie! In full: Following on from previous comments - -The water cups were poor -the course was challenging which I enjoyed -marshalls were generally surly -the atmosphere and location were brilliant -I was not prepared for the sand and gravelly track , but this was no detriment. -the last part of the hill at 7 miles was a bit of a killer(most folk who were around me sensibly walked it ) -the medal was different which I did not object -who wants goody bag anyway ??? most of those handed out at events are a waste of time. -overall a good event which I am glad I entered and completed.
In short: A lovely run in the park In full: Very friendly atmosphere with chatty cheering marshals.The park is worth the event.Very recommendable to first timers as there is no pressure on running a time.Well worth looking at! Date of review: November 25, 2013
In short: Wot , no medals ??? In full: Better organised than last year, the starting place being more user friendly. Unfortunately the 2013 Tomlinson Leeds 10k uses virtually the same route? Come on lets have some imagination as I would say that both events possibly attract a good proportion of the same entrants. Small t-shirts were gone for those of us at the back of the field. On some events ,especially when no entrants are allowed on the day ,the shirt size is marked on the running number.This would appear to resolve the problem. However , despite the gripes , a good event well worth supporting. Date of review: November 18, 2013
In short: A good cause In full: The folk running this event were very accommodating and the organisation , albeit a bit late was OK. All very friendly and good venue - that is if you are a Notts Forest supporter. T shirt and medal were good . HOWEVER!!! - the advertised 5k race was actually only 1.88 miles in length and I had finished before I had really begun.Why were we not able to progress further down the riverside walk before returning ???? Having travelled a considerable distance to take part in this event the length of the course was disappointing. Please look into this aspect of the event should you run it in 2014. Date of review: October 30, 2013