In short: OK In full: Super toughish route and great atmosphere amongst the runners. I really like the well meaning BHF but every race they do seems lacking in something. This time car park full, narrow start with walkers at the front and runners at the back!,water station run out at half way (when I tried to get a second bottle at the finish I was firmly refused). Not sure if they were even taking times at the finish ? Date of review: March 16, 2014
In short: The people running this need to visit a few well organised big rsces In full: They make big Race Against Climate Change green claims for this race but in fact it’s the organisers that are a little green. For instance with a 9am Sunday start it is impossible for people to get in from local towns by public transport > very green. Arriving by car the diversions were fair enough and well signed but absolutely no signs showing how to get to the recommended race parking! The start was chaotic with no attempt to set the 16000 off in waves and many of the narrow bits throughout the race were” every man for himself” with water bottles on the ground a constant hazard. All this could have been forgiven on a lovely sunny day but a three minute standing wait to cross the finishing mat made a mockery of chip timing and I’m sure many pbs were completely spoilt. Come on organisers you have got our addresses; how about a big discount voucher for next year and a promise to sort these shortcomings out.
In short: Numbers In full: Once in the car park no possibility to get out but race full at least 45 min before start. However with 5 mins to go there were at least 30 uncollected numbers on the table but organisers would not take money for or release them to the few people standing around waiting. So they joined a group of others who had decided to run it anyway. Date of review: May 10, 2010
In short: Surprised no one else commented about the cars. I was put off pace twice. In full: I think one of the cars I had a problem with was a family trying to get another picture of Mummy running on Mothers Day !
Great race though, one of my favourites. Date of review: March 14, 2010
In short: Well Intentioned In full: "The marsalls are going to lead you all round the temporary buildings to the start" says the man on the radio mike. Joined the back on the line and after passing through a narrowish gap was shocked to see people already running !! St John's standing in the middle of the pavement half way round and some confusion in the finish funnel. All this partly spoilt the good bits (big field, nice people, great tee shirt, nice cakes & free calendar). Finish funnel wasn't much better Date of review: February 28, 2010
In short: Great race with excellent food at the end. In full: Large & excellent ham roll plus great home made cake for £1.50 total plus free coffee & fruit. For those who stayed later free strawberries & cream! (Oh and by the way it was a great well organised race). Date of review: July 12, 2009