In short: Poor value and further than 10k In full: Disappointed that the potential for a big reduction in my pb was scuppered by the inaccuracy of the course and the random distance markers. The course shown in the race pack turned out to be different from that which we had to follow. An extra lap of the track thrown in at the start but no use of cones to separate those people on their first lap and those on their second meant there was cope for people to dip out of the second (although if they had then they probably did closer to 10k than the rest of us. What else? Inadequate number of toilets for size of field, a photographer sitting in the middle of the course 50 m after the start. (Did anyone fall over him? If they didn't it was a miracle). If it's run again I won't be there.
In short: Great crowds, great marshalls, good course. Disastrous baggage system In full: I was really hoping for a fantastic event as it's so close to home and I run many of the roads of the route in training. I had enjoyed the build up and felt the information was good enough. I didn't mind the weather, in fact I think it helped the atmosphere as there was something of the feeling of shared hardship. It's not often supporters go through as much discomfort as the runners. But to get to end and suddenly find that I'm not going to be able to find my bag easily while shivering violently really took everything away from my joy of a good pb. There were some people in a really bad way and I was expecting to hear pretty grim news on the local reports that evening. Such diabolical lack of organisation is negligent.
Hats off to the people in Christies charity tent. I can't begin to describe how much you helped me. Date of review: April 30, 2012
In short: Good, well organised race. Some great enthusiasm from the marshals along the route. My goody bag was missing the chocolate which others reported - the beer is a nice touch however. Date of review: January 17, 2010
In short: A really good, friendly and well organised race. Good support from the locals and the cabbage is a lot better than some of the things you get in a goody bag Date of review: September 28, 2006