In short: SUPRISINGLY GOOD RACE! In full: Enjoyed this one much more than I expected. Bath Uni is certainly a must for the sports enthusiast. Fantastic facilities and smart modern campus!
This is a no frills race. No medals or T-Shirts or goodie bags- no issues with that, but some water at the end might have been welcome, as well as road signs directing the you to the designated parking area/ Race HQ . Also you have to turn up early to collect your race number even if you have booked a place way in advance.
Organisers were certainly friendly although inevitably the race attracted a big student crowd, most of whom put me to shame.
Loved the route though. Great to spend time on an off road course for a change. Quite scenic and a couple of fairly lengthy cross country climbs. Actually a lot more enjoyable than most higher profile 10km routes.
In short: Smashing race but how about that hill!!! In full: Great race generally. Easy to get to, easy to park, clear marshalling, lovely route and picture postcard weather. However, that hill in the last mile was so nasty. Great to see that so much was raised for charity! Date of review: September 27, 2009
In short: Lovely Race; Challenging but Flowing In full: A great race this. Very good route almost traffic free. Organisation was faultless and the marshalls were very encouraging. I felt challenged with the undulating route but not beaten to death by the climbs (unlike at the Bewl 15 a few weeks ago). Lovely starting/ finishing venue as well. Take Note: the hills and the heat combine to not make this a PB route. My only criticisms: didn't like the bottleneck at the steep bank just after the start. Lost a few seconds in the first mile. Maybe some snacks t the end make have been nice. Might have appreciated a wet sponge or two in the later miles- OHH MISSUS!
Feeling pretty good until approx. 10.5 when we joined those country lanes. The seemingly never ending climbs and the heat combined to finish me off, and had to do a bit of walking. Not for the faint hearted this one, so beware! I'm currently building up to a full marathon so maybe the toughness of this one will serve me well. Very good and friendly organisation, posh medal, pukka goody bag, cheerful brass band at the finish and, as always, nice touch with the cakes. Date of review: July 5, 2009
In short: What a Scorcher!!! In full: Still sitting in an ice bath 12 hours later. Lovely race. Great organisation. Yes, my published finished time also seemed to be a few seconds out. Maybe the time clock expanded in the heat! Maybe could have done with some extra water stations in the circumstances though arrangements were made to distribute emergency water supplies around the course. Perhaps the interaction with vehicles needs to be watched in a couple of places, particularly at the end- but don't want to detract from what is a great race. Date of review: May 31, 2009
In short: A tough but stunning race In full: Stunning Route in the sunshine. England in its finest hour. A tough one though but manageable- except for that final climb between miles 10 and 11. Be serious, can anyone run that? That was enough to defeat Paula R. and Haile G! Great organisaton (inc. free parking) in the start and finish area and superb camaraderie en route. Must also hand it to the villagers and their terrific support- very uplifting! My only criticism was the poor quality of the travel directions to the Start area and the confusing map. This needs to be updated and a postcode given for the Rugby Club, for use with Satnavs.
In short: Superb Route once again. In full: Always a nice race. Very classy route,classy medal and classy Quality Sweets at the end. How many other running clubs can boast such a pukka HQ in a piece of prime London real estate? There are a couple of issues that need ironing out:- The Start is a bit of a shambles with runners scrambling to dodge the traffic lights and then there was a bit of a "stop go" thing going on in the first minute. Maybe better to start the race in a couple of waves. Also, one or two problems along the road leading past Teddington Studios and Lensbury Club, with traffic coming in both directions and white vans trying to turn into buildings- leaving the runners' path blocked. Would be better to avoid roads like these if that is possible. I'm sure this wouldn't have been a problem in the old days! (Certainly Benny Hill used to be filmed running down this road with numerous bikini clad women in pursuit, and there were no white vans blocking his path- Ah, how we miss this genuius of comedy!) Date of review: May 11, 2009