In short: A great event, but why-oh-why... In full: ...can't they start on time? If is says 11am on the tin, then start at 11am (ok, so a minor niggle, and not one limited to this event but surely not that tricky to achieve).
Baggage store would have been great too - they seemed to assume that everyone would be turning up in a car or with a freind to look after bags...not always the case.
On the plus side - an excellent course - 2 different & challenging laps. Great scenery and all off road. Will definitely do this one again...great event, great cause. Date of review: October 22, 2009
In short: Let me start by saying that I haven't entered this event, but... In full: ...I have supported my partner twice.
The "organisation" (if you can call it that) is perhaps the poorest of any race I have ever entered or watched.
Timing is almost non-existent, with the "organisers" expecting runners/cyclists to call out their number as they cross transition/start/finish lines, and the mates who are logging numbers, times etc often seem to miss entrants (in fact at a previous race all 3 even failed to correctly record the start!).
At the last check, times were still not on the website, despite being promised on the day of the race and then the following day. How long does it take to transpose a couple of hundred runners' details from paper to a spreadsheet and onto the web?
What about chip timing? If a fantastic event like the Wedding Day 7k can do it (organised by a running club), why can't a "professional" events company do it?
All in all a pretty poor experience.
On the positive side, my kids did like the fact that they could get a cookie or danish from the refreshment tent, so at least they were happy with the day! Date of review: March 20, 2009
In short: Back again for the 10th time - love this event In full: One small gripe about this year's event - ran out of Large t-shirts very quickly. I finished in 40 minutes to be left with a choice of Medium or Medium, so the better half got this year's shirt!
Apart from that the organisation was smooth, and the event well marshalled.
See you in '08 for number 11! Date of review: August 3, 2007
In short: Nice 3-lap course, tough in places In full: All in all, a well organised race. A bit hilly and the grass sections were tough on laps 2 & 3 after they'd been cut up 1st time round. Date of review: February 16, 2007
In short: Hot, hilly & hard In full: I know this has been said before - and organisers can't take the blame for the weather, but running at 1pm is pretty silly - it was as hot (if not hotter than) last year. Bottled water definitely needed for next year - surely this race is high-profile enough to get a spnsor for that? Lucozade a nice addition though - and the lady with the hosepipe!
Hills are tough - didn't seem much easier than last year to me. All in all a tough course that challenges.
Well organised, but once again, long wait to get out - not good with tired, bored kids who'd watched their dad run for 2 hrs. Better traffic control needed. Date of review: September 25, 2006