In short: Very friendly race, and well organised In full: It's a shame about the mix up at the start as this race is usually exceptionally well organised. I did enjoy the race despite the hilliness of the course and chilly start. Excellent tea and cakes thanks. Just one gripe about the t-shirts. I took over 50 mins to complete the race, by which time there were no small t-shirts left. :-( I'm a size 10 lady and the medium swamped me. Quite dissapointed. Date of review: February 28, 2010
In short: Excellent organisation In full: Really enjoyed this race. Lots of support, and the marshalls were great. It was certainly hard work up the hills in the first half of the race, but the second half was much much easier. Will be back. Date of review: April 5, 2009
In short: Delayed start, and t-shirt far too big. Otherwise v enjoyable! In full: I did this race in 2003, and the start was delayed. Here we are 6 years later and it was delayed again. We weren't too chuffed. :-( I had just finished my pre race warm up and had made my way to the starting area, when they announced the delay. Surely after 6 years things could have been better organised, and all the race literature says "GET THERE EARLY!!" Needless to say after the race finally got underway, the side of the track was strewn with Gents using the advertising hoarding as a lavatory. Not V nice for us ladies thank you very much.......
Actually, rant over...I really enjoyed the race. The marshalls were fantastic, as was the weather, and there was a wonderful atmosphere to boot. Shame about the Goody bag. Why Cranberry sauce?!?!
The idea of using a race track is good, the infrastructure is in place, with sufficient car parking, toilet facilities, changing areas and baggage storage etc, and the course is traffic free.
I agree with previous comments about the t-shirt. A race sponsored by Adidas ought to realise that there are a number of ladies size 10-12 who run this race. It will go straight into the charity bag, unless I can give it the Gok Wan treatment later this week.;-) It was the same size (XL)as my London marathon finishers t-shirt last year, which still hasn't been worn. Come on Adidas...get your act together
Not sure whether we'll be back... Date of review: March 15, 2009
In short: Horrid hill, but very enjoyable none the less! In full: Great organisation, and lovely warm showers at the end. Good baggage transport from start line back to club house. Horrible hill approx halfway, but the view from the top of the hill, and the huge downhill afterwards made up for it! Fab tea and cakes too. Date of review: January 18, 2009
In short: Fabulous organisation, if a bit hilly In full: Went like clockwork. Much better this year with the start and finish at Millennium Place. Great to run through the city centre, with plenty of support all the way round. Some lovely leafy parts of Coventry discovered, but it was rather hilly. Next year I'll buy the t-shirt if it's a technical one, but don't need another cotton one. Just a note - I haven't had a text message?! Date of review: October 19, 2008
In short: Superb organisation, In full: I've done this race a few times now, and enjoy it every time. The organisation is like clockwork - Kenilworth runners do a great job. It was a shame about the appaling weather conditions, but the marshalls kept smiling and supporting all the way. Great atmosphere. Lovely warm showers at the end, with a hall to have tea and cakes. Perfect. Date of review: October 5, 2008
In short: Terrible organisation, but good location In full: For £15 this was a rip off. They couldn't even be bothered to send out numbers in advance. The queueing at the start for numbers was a shambles. We had no idea what was going on,and almost ended up in the wrong queue. Some folk were getting quite irate after queueing for a long time, only tobe told they shouldbe elsewhere. Hmmmmm... Don't blame them. Then they delayed the start, and I really needed a trip to the loo, but there weren't any. Imagine hundreds of people using the trees as a toilet. Very unpleasant. The race itself was lovely. I did enjoy it, and managed a PB, so was happy. The t-shirt was rubbish - mine will probably go straight to the charity shop. No medal or goody bag, which goes back to my original point. How can they justify that cost. There were 6 of us in two vehicles, so they can't say it was the car park costs. As an event run by the National Trust this definately needs improving. Not sure we'll be back. Date of review: September 28, 2008
In short: Wet wet wet In full: I agree with JW3 it would have been nice to know about the MP3 ban before the race. I had no option but to keep mine with me and had nowhere else to put it.Hubbie had the car keys, and was off in the distance. The race director shouted at me from his car too, at which point I let him know I didn't have it switched on (Obviously I wouldn't have heard him otherwise) and I still had a very rude marshall shout at me to take my ipod off, at the finish, which was a bit pointless by then. Rant rant rant. Suggest they put it in the paperwork we receive beforehand, like other races do. Otherwise the marshalls were very friendly with words of encouragement, and it's a good route. I managed a good PB, so was happy. Date of review: July 7, 2008
In short: A PB for me HURRAH In full: I enjoyed this race, and the medal was excellent. The facilities at the school were great and lovely warm showers at the end rouded of with a cuppa in the school hall. However, as a slower runner I'd like to suggest the marshalls wait until everyone is round the section where the road is closed before opening them again. I was disappointed that the cars all started up their engines as I was running past, giving me a quick blast of pollution! Also some of the locals were extremely rude with the upsetting personal comments and swear words they were shouting from their vehicles. On a positive note, most of the marshalls and police were very supportive, and the weather was just right (for December!)
In short: Wet,, Wet , Wet with a touch of frost bite and gale winds! In full: Fantastic route with lots of promise but sadly the weather conspired against us, when you could see the sea it was mainly white horses and sandblasting rather than the postcard blue skys and calm waters we hoped for. Great atmosphere with everyone working hard to keep the moral high. Fantastic organisers and marshalls. Special thank you to the Lisa Mann and her colleagues from Jersey Sports and Spinal Clinic for the rub downs. We'll come again as the weather can't possibly be this bad again, can it? Date of review: November 19, 2007