In short: Great race, but could be some minor improvements In full: I really enjoyed this run and being a horse racing fan I was really excited to run by the grand national course. The route is flat and would have had great PB potential if it wasn't for the narrow path in the first KM.
I started towards the middle-front based on my best guess on where other runners of my ability would be (45min time). However, there were a lot of slower runners who started near the front and caused problems trying to pass them. I couldn't get into any sort of rhythm for the first KM and had to take to the grass. The path was far too narrow for over 1000 runners. I would suggest starting the race by the front of the stands if at all possible, as it was much wider there and would allow for a much better start.
As mentioned in another review, some idiot parked on the course and caused a delay to the start. That may be something the organisers want to try and avoid in future.
Having said all that, I would definitely recommend and i'm sure I will return next year. Date of review: October 7, 2016
In short: Great event, but some extra organising needed In full: First time I have tackled anything like this. Great challenge and fun in the most part, but there were some issues.
Queuing to tackle bogs was a real problem, but not as big a problem as standing in waist deep, freezing cold water for 20 minutes. It ruined my whole race and many others.
As soon as I got out I couldn't feel my legs and they were completely cramped up. I managed another half mile or so and then my calf went completely and I had to stop. Was attended to by brilliant medical staff and was able to walk the last couple of miles to the finish.
After the water there were people who seemed to be being treated for hypothermic symptoms and when I was with the medical staff they were getting reports through and didn't seem happy with the situation.
It ruined my race and many others. Before that point it was really fun and challenging.
Steep, almost sheer ascents up muddy inclines were very intimidating, but great fun to tackle and trying to haul yourself out of thick bog was a nice change to your standard run.
I would do it again, but I would hope the water issue would be dealt with. I know its hell runners, but nobody should be standing in waist deep water in November for 20 minutes or more. Date of review: November 4, 2012
In short: Great event but I think I prefer the old course In full: I have run on both courses and from what I can recall the old one was a generally flatter route with more PB potential. The steep up hill in first quarter mile, the hill near mollington, the steep slope to go over dual-carriageway bridge and the hill at the end made it more challenging than expected.
The event as always was well organised and the town hall finish also very good. I would recommend. Date of review: May 13, 2012
In short: Great event, well organised In full: Event was well organised with a good finish on the racecourse. Race was traffic free on at least one side of the road almost throughout. Would recommend to anyone Date of review: May 18, 2008
In short: Good course and good atmosphere In full: This was my first 10km race and I thought it was a great course for beginners. Relatively flat but with a few up hill sections to keep you on your toes. The half mile walk from the car park to the start was good for warming up the muscles. Would recommend and hope to be back next year! Date of review: March 2, 2008