In short: Lovely traffic free surface but a bit harder than you might think In full: The organisation was very good and entry fee reasonable compared to some. Quite undulating with one uphill and one downhill that both became a struggle in the later laps. The etiquette of the lapped runners was mostly marvellous, selflessly allowing faster runners to take the inside line on corners. The one place where it fell down was at the drinks station. On a few occasions people were crowding round it stationary which made it difficult to do a grab and go if you didn't want to stop. I think they need an extra station, and as someone else said, the volunteers were sometimes struggling to fill the cups fast enough. Would definitely do it again though. Date of review: June 4, 2013
In short: Bargain, scenic, well organised In full: £4 for a well organised race in nice scenic surroundings, and you get a t shirt, cuppa and cake - bargain. A nice warm-up for the XC season. I always look forward this one. Date of review: September 28, 2010
In short: The organisers need to get their act together In full: I can only concur with all the comments about the baggage area disorganisation, the lack of organisation for starting line up, the highly congested first few miles (add to that lots of street furniture like bins, posts, benches and cafe boards to negotiate), the lack of mile markers, and the finish line queues.
If they insist on using The Lanes as part of the course they must be later on in the race when the field has spread. The present course cannot support 6000+ runners.
People having to queue to get across the finish line in a race is inexcusable and just very poor organisation.
This could be a very good race but it needs to be better organised. I won't be doing this race again unless I can see evidence that they have sorted out all these problems.
I notice that all the reviews rate the organisation between 20 and 40% but the overall rating for this seems to have ended up as 60%. How does this work? Date of review: February 21, 2010