In short: Better than last year. Please sort out the goody bag. In full: The race actually started this year closer to the official time. Why not just start the race on time and if anyone is still coming down Riseholme road they can put in a warm up run and join in at the back. If Lincoln's roads cant cope with that number of people getting in on time then the numbers should be restricted.
You did get a t-shirt this time but seriously I wouldn't have bothered. Forget the t-shirt unless it is going to be something decent and instead put a couple of bits to eat in the goody bag. There was a bottle of water and a space blanket thats it!. For the cost of entering you should get something more. Grantham half is much cheaper and the goody bag is great (beer, crisps, chunky kitkat, cereal bar, tech t-shirt etc). The only other issue was the chip bins. They were being carried around and the people carrying them seemed to be moving. There were lots of runners wandering around asking where to get rid of their chip. Why not have them in the castle grounds clearly signed. It is a very nice finish although very crowded. I will continue to do this as it is my local race but please sort out the start time and goody bag. Date of review: April 3, 2012
In short: A well organised event with a challenging course In full: The first half of the race is nice and easy and scenic. Then you get to the first hill which wasn't as bad as I was expecting (after speaking to some Fractioneers from previous years).
However the second hill was difficult to say the least. It just drains everything out of you and even when I got to the top I didn't have a lot left for the last 1-2 miles. That makes it a challenge, which is good and it will set me up with confidence for the rest of the year.
I am definiltey planning to be back next year Date of review: March 15, 2012
In short: Too many runners for the course and for the organisers to cope In full: It is a good course in terms of pb potential and it takes you past the cathedral and castle of Lincoln so an interesting course.
The finish is in an excellent setting within the castle grounds but there are far too many runners in the race to make it practical.
The delay at the start was absolutely ridiculous. Fortunately it was a little warmer at the start this year compared to last. When you have planned your last toilet break and then taken on some water ready for the race and find yourself bursting for the toilet as the race is about to begin (half an hour late) it is not the ideal start. Apparently there were cars parked on the course and they were trying to find the owners. Any other city would have ensured that cars were not on the course to start with or towed the offending vehicles away.
The finish is completely disorganised. If it were limited to 2000 runners or less and the organisers pulled their fingers out it could be a really fantastic event.
In short: A well organised, friendly race with less than 150 runners. A little hilly but the scenery more than makes up for it. In full: The first half of the race weaves through the town before entering the castle grounds and up through some woods then down beside a river. The second half is pretty tough as there are a few long climbs. However it is absolutely beautiful. It is very well organised, there are more marshals than runners and everyone was friendly. It took me back to days of school cross-country (however you are running on roads or firm tracks). If you are staying over night try the Digby Chick restaurant but make sure you book in advance. Date of review: May 30, 2006