In short: I thought this was a 10k???? In full: When we entered this earlier in the year we understood that it was a 10k, so imagine my surprise when we found out it was actually a 10 miler (gulp). With my husband unable to run for the last month due to injury, i ended up carrying the flag, though the organisers did swap Kev's entry to the 5k, but unfortunately in the end Kev decided not to risk his ankle and instead stepped in to the role of cheer leader/photographer (again).....
The race was hard and I was soon towards the back - I had practiced a few times for a 10k on the "old" route so was confident that I could (slowly) do the first hill, but was not so sure about the second main hill which we noticed after downloading the new route kicks in at the 7 mile mark. Whether it was psychological or not having practiced that second hill I ended up walking that section - but that last down hill section towards the finish - wow that was great. Got up to 9.5mph which I have never done before and was pleased to get under the 2 hour mark (just) arriving just as the organisers were beginning to pack up (though there were still several people behind me).
Nice race, would definitely do it again. One gripe - Kev said he saw people walk away with goody bags. So many times I have gone to races and there are never enough goody bags to go around, so the people who are towards the back always miss out. Why oh why - we can't all be fast - and it would be nice to know what is in them..... also would have been nice to have some fruit at the end as well.
The Runners World blurb mentioned that all runners got a medal and t-shirt - there was definitely a t-shirt, but no sign of any medals. Date of review: April 11, 2010
In short: Pleasant race but hard In full: I only started running last September. When I did a 5k in October I found the route quite hard. This route went along part of the way - and this time I was able to get up the slope (until the steep part of the hill) so I was pleased about that - and good to look back to see people still running up the slope behind me - I wasn't last - yay!! Nor was I lapped (another first)! Maybe I'm getting fitter. My struggle up the steep slope is worrying - I've got a half marathon in Hastings next week - with a steep hill for the first half so I understand - hmmm.....
Marshals were mixed - some very encouraging, others just standing there.
Nice photographer half way round - very encouraging. Ok that was my hubby (check out his flickr pictures of the race - http://www.flickr.com/photos/46168007@N06/sets/72157623619191308/).
Overall the race was good. The only downside is that the registration is about 10 min walk from the start. I was fortunate, I could give my coat to my hubby, before I started, but what the others did I'm not so sure. Would have been useful to have a baggage drop near the start.
Nice to have bananas and water at the finish - and a fantastic medal! The best of the 6 races I've done so far!!! Date of review: March 14, 2010
In short: Loved it In full: This is my 5th 10K and definitely my favourite so far. So what if it rained - it adds to the challenge. It is the first time that I've really been able to really push it (maybe I'm getting fitter at long last) and it was so nice to be in a group of people and not be on my own running at the back. Big thanks to the marshals for their encouragement (especially the guy at the corner of the Causeway) and the girl who I either ran behind or in front of after the hill - hearing you behind me really inspired me to continue. Hope we did better than the just under 1.07 that I estimated that we did!!! My aim was to get under 1.10 and I really wanted to do 1.06 - I think the clock said 1.06.47 - but I'm waiting with bated breath to see what the chip time says. But whatever the result I have beaten my PB (1hr 13) and that with that hill - though running downhill was great. I wasn't keen on road runs before this one, now I'm hooked. When is the next one!!!! Date of review: February 28, 2010
In short: Fantastic cheerleaders at the top of the last hill - very morale boosting In full: This was my first hilly 10k so I was slightly apprehensive especially when I practiced run the course in advance and really struggled on the hills. It is certainly very different running (at the back) of a group. A big thank you to the veteran with the Parkrun t-shirt, who gave me encouragement to get up the first steep hill when my legs were beginning to buckle and to start running long before I normally would. Another big thank you to the cheerleaders on the last hill - especially the little boy on the corner - who again encouraged me to continue running.
I finished very near the back, but was chuffed to nearly catch the 2 girls in front who had been miles in front of me at one stage - ah if that last road had been a longer slope, with no mean last up hill bit then who knows I might have caught them.
Definitely a "good feeling" run! Was the 2k marker in the right place though? All the others seemed so much shorter. Date of review: February 7, 2010
In full: This was a great race for my first 10k race - though the hill near the grassy part seemed to get steeper and steeper per lap and it didn't stop raining.
Surprised to see so many people saying they thought the route was less than 10k, but then again both my husband (who finished on 51 mins) and myself (just under 63 mins) both saw loads of people cutting corners - particularly across the grassy section. Marshals were ignored. Instead of running across the grassy section by going around the tree and to the facing lamp post, a lot of runners just cut across the grass probably cutting a significant amount off the distance if they didd it on every lap! This all despite the 2 marshalls both shouting "you need to go around the lamp post". Maybe a signpost or a few markers on the ground next year might help with this difficulty?
But before you question the distance ask did you cut out the corner?
The marshall on the first turn was particularly helpful - shouting encouragement on each lap, which was much appreciated - that and the 2 girls on the last lap by the above mentioned lamppost who were shouting encouragement.
Where there were gates across the path (near the road, and near the start/finish lap) there tended to be a little conjestion caused by other park users not realising there was a race going on so going really slowly through the gates as runners tried to get past them.
Kev nearly fell over a pushchair, kid on a scooter and a dog
Oh that and a car backing into a marshall, causing a pile up of park walkers and runners - i narrowly avoiding falling flat on my face.
Given the conditions and the narrow paths the event was very well organised and marshaled Date of review: November 29, 2009