In short: Glorious point to point run with a big field of varying abilities In full: A lovely race with great potential, but after 25 years of being on the calender, there were a couple of issues that should really have been resolved by now:
My first gripe is the organisation at the finish. Any point to point race will have logistical issues with regard to bag and competitor transfers and seeing other posts it appears this was a challenge, however as i was meeting someone at the finish, the cramped nature of Kenilworth Castle meant it was difficult to meet up and incredibly busy.
If like me, you'd left a bit too much out on the Warwickshire roads, I could really have done with something more than a bottle of water at the finish. As I'd arranged to meet up, i hadnt got any energy supplies with me or any cash with which to purchase any. The 'goody bag' was well short on substance and i would have rather opted for a banana or cereal bar than another printed T shirt.
The event isn't hugely spectator friendly - Friends and family aren't allowed in Warwick Castle at the start and the whole of Kenilworth seems to have been on lock down, so by the time my father arrived, he had to park around 1.5 miles away and missed the finish!
This race has the potential to be one of your annual highlights, but I would be learning a lot of lessons before i did it again. Date of review: June 11, 2013
In short: Superb on the course, shame about the finish In full: Well marshalled on the course and thanks to all of those volunteers out there, but the finish was an absolute shambles.
Unclear organisation at the finish and a mustering area that now is too small for the race, including 1/2m runners, fun runners, family and friends.
Unacceptable queues for water, banana, t-shirt and medal meant that I left after queuing for half an hour, with only a bottle of water to show for my troubles.
I've rated this event much higher in the past, but today felt let down by the lack of management of the finishing area. Whilst I prefer a race to start and finish in a town centre (particularly useful for supporters), has this race outgrown the Shire Hall area? Date of review: March 15, 2009
In short: Well worth supporting the good cause In full: This is my local race and I have some sentimentality towards it, however I must agree with other comments - Km markers seem to be randomly spaced, where they are visible, you only know you've started when the people in front get moving and a lack of defined finish line is annoying - however the race is for a fabulous cause and I'm very thankful for all of the volunteers who still make it an enjoyable day out! Date of review: May 11, 2008