In short: A race that basically worked despite some bad decisions relating to organisation In full: Ok course, pretty challenging too. But some simple changes would make it go much smoother and be better for runners: - Runner numbers posted not collected at start hall - Clearer directions to the start - Why does the 50k start just as the marathon comes up behind it? A bit unnecessary, confusing and pointless. - Why have only 5 mile markers in a 50K? - Medals and T-shirts at the finish would help (I got neither since I had to get back to the station 4 miles away and didn't even realise I'd have to walk an extra mile in the wrong direction to get these).
It has the basics to be a decent run, but the factors above meant it wasn't as smooth as it should have been. Date of review: January 29, 2009
In short: Worst route I've ever seen In full: The organisers can't be blamed for the weather (although this would be more fun in a warmer month) but the choice of route is appalling. A mixture of industrial estates, sewerage works (or something that smells equally as bad) and bleak fields of mud is not the most enticing route.
Only worth doing as a training run and don't expect to get any enjoyment from the race. Date of review: December 13, 2008
In short: Fast but poor website and on ground organisation was average In full: For such a large race, i'd have expected a slicker and more informative/user-friendly website. Plus the lack of sign posts to get to the parking or start wasn't helpful. But it's a fast course and there was nothing wrong with the organisation once you'd got to the start line. Date of review: October 13, 2008
In short: Decent run and good scenery In full: Apart from the extra distance I did due to confusion over which direction was correct, it was an enjoyable race. Friendly atmosphere, but not an easy course. Mind you, who would expect it to be easy given it's longer than a marathon and on hills? Date of review: May 8, 2007
In short: Badly organised with no clear route. In full: As far as I can tell, nobody ran the correct route, but nobody even seemed to know what that was. I ended up getting lost at half way after continuing in a straight line since there were no arrows/marshalls to tell me to deviate. This clearly wasn't the right route since I then ended up at the north side of the park.
I was even told that the guy who was leading got lost (the cyclist showing the route just decided to stop) and so didn't win or get close to first. Date of review: September 18, 2006
In short: Fun race with a good twist to chase down the bananas. In full: Great race - fun, flat and fast. But I'd prefer bananas who run at a reasonable speed and are closed down slowly rather than slow ones who just start earlier than the field. I only saw each one for a few seconds before they disappeared behind me.
Every standard of runner was there although not too many at the fast end as you'd expect for a charity run. Date of review: June 29, 2006
In short: Good, fast course. Didn't have any problems with bags/parking and only turned up 30 mins before the start. No real queue at the end either, although I can appreciate that if I finished in a big group it would be a problem. Date of review: March 13, 2006