In short: Good course. Marshalls were second to none. In full: I did the 2006 course and as I am a very average athlete found the long upward run at about eleven miles just too much. I prefer this new 2008 flatter course and it made the run seem so much more manageable. I suggest you put the 2005/2006 course profile back onto the web page then runners will compare and see that you are trying to improve things for a faster course. Date of review: May 29, 2008
In short: Disappointing, dispriting, discouraging In full: Firstly, I must say that I am no great runner but I am experienced, having taken part in many half marathons and two marathons. With this event the venue was good but I had no sense of achievement on completion as the meagre goodies were available to anyone with a race number and not to finishers as advertised. I am not whingeing about the lack of mile markers but to some of us they are a real boost and motivation and are a definite requirement. There was not a PA system... and to start a race of this potential with a shouted "Go" and not a blast from an air horn or even a car horn was a sign of the lack of commitment to the event. Active marshalling was not a feature of this event either. About halfway along the course, as I was running past a group of marshals, I took a wrong turn and another thoughtful runner called me back but no directions came from the marshals. A mile or two from the end of the course when all runners ahead of me had disappeared ( I said I was no great runner) I came to a criss-crossing of various routes; an arrowed cone had fallen over and I did not know which direction to take. I ran around the several paths to try to ascertain the route. I then shouted to the air "Which way should I go?" No answer came the reply. Why? The marshals had packed up and gone. On finishing the run I hung around at the end and some runners came in saying they could hear me calling for directions but were too far away to reply. I had seen them with the sweeper bus. Now this is the question I wish to ask the organisers, "If it is necessary for a cyclist to guide the leading runner who was working to his maximum through the course so that he does not take a wrong turn then why can't I and other runners have marshalling guidance at all the key junctions of the course when I am running to my maximum ability and effort for twice the time. Did those front runners pay more than I did to enter the race? I doubt it. On a value-for-money basis the event was not good; at best a mediocre show and tri-active must worry as now I am doubting their commitment and value-for-money in their consumer organisation.
In short: they admitted that they were learning and I liked the way they asked for crits- good and bad In full: The first 5k route was repeated, but believe me I have been to worse repeats. This was well marshalled and if you stayed to the end the organiser took over the commentary from the man with the mike(who was also very good) and believe me he didn't need a mike to make himself heard; he didn't even need a megaphone and he was so entertaining! Some tweeks are needed with regard to the prize -givings, but overall congratulations for a job well done. We were made to feel welcome and I truly wished I had brought the children as it had a real family feel. Thankyou so much. Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: After my 5K.Watched as 10Kracers turn to finish line in avenue.Time and again saw cars take same turning. Dangerous. Gasps from onlookers as one lady driver bad temperedly reversed against the flow of finishers.Marshals took no action In full: Along the course most of the marshalling was good. However, at the turning to the finishing line the marshalling was poor.At this point there was not sufficient differentiation that the arrow indicating a turn for the runners was not meant for cars. Consequently supporters and observers who were there could see driver after driver following what they thought was THEIR instruction to turn. One of the cars taking the turning to the finish line was a St John's ambulance. This driver, on realising he was in the wrong place, slowly veered right of the finish to get out of the way and into the path of runners. Several bystanders shouted warnings to him. Our club runners did not see these events as they happened to finish in a clear period and did not hang around . I can only assume that that is what happened to other reviewers.At no time did either of the marshals on duty at this turning point take corrective action to divert the cars. Also this is the only event I have taken part in where there has been no finishing time clock on show. Date of review: April 4, 2005