In short: So muddy it was dangerous, sadly In full: First time I've had a marshall call out 'well held'! Staying upright was a challenge. I don't have special shoes for these conditions and with the benefit of hindsight shouldn't have run - there is someothing very wrong with my right knee now :( Generally, though, the Perch is a good, well organised race that I have run more than any other. But if it's similar conditions next year, I won't be there at the start! Date of review: January 28, 2014
In short: Dismal organisation, could be so good. In full: No timing chip or baggage label arrived at all, despite chasing. 40 mins to get to start then a physical battle through the walkers, strollers etc - apologies to all who I elbowed on the way through! (Could be so easily fixed with timing pens.) Loos at narrowest part of course meant everyone had to walk, too few people handing out water (and poor sign[posting of water stations), shambolic luggage area, too few medals - basically the organisers couldn't have fot it more wrong from start to finish. Oh, and the highest entry fee I've come across for a 10k.
It could be so good - just look at the phenomenal London Marathon organisation and every other event! Date of review: July 9, 2012
In short: Good but shame about mile markers In full: Good organisation, start/finish area and facilities. Mile markers a problem - slowed up after a supposedly sub-6 min second mile, more like 3/4 mile I think. Date of review: June 12, 2007
In short: Varied and enjoyable In full: Good venue for start and finish in Priory Park, plenty of other things going on. Well marshalled. Course has serious ups and downs but PB somehow! Date of review: May 8, 2007
In short: Very friendly race In full: Very friendly since most people preapring for marathon - most chatting I have come across in a race! Scenic, flat course, just slight bump near end. Marshalls very supportive good water/squash stations. End a bit tight and rushed. Run-off space required. Date of review: March 26, 2007
In short: What happened to timing? In full: First half-marathon, think I enjoyed it, organisation worked (but I could walk to start). I assume the chip timing didn't work at the start/finish line (wherever the latter was) since official times were over 1 minute too great - a bit discouraging. Marshalls were supportive when needed. Date of review: February 5, 2007