In short: Great 10K in Cannon Hill Park In full: This is the second year I've run the Conductive Education 10K, and I think it's a great race. It's well organised, it's a nice flat course - mostly around the park, so it's a pleasant run too, and there's cake at the end for those who like cake. I'd highly recommend this race to anyone in Birmingham - looked like a real range of finishing times this morning. I managed a PB, so am chuffed, and will be looking forward to running it again next year. Date of review: November 6, 2011
In short: Great race for a great cause In full: It's the first time I've done the Conductive Education 10K, and I was very impressed. The course was well marshalled - a loop around Cannon Hill, then up the Rea Valley path, so all quite flat. Although you're sharing the paths with dog walkers etc, it's fairly quiet so that wasn't a problem at all. I'm surprised it isn't more widely advertised, as it was a great race. It was a fairly small entry, but a reasonable range of runners, from those who were in in just over half an hour, to those (like me) who are only halfway by that point. Really friendly atmosphere. I'll definitely be doing it again. Date of review: October 31, 2010
In short: Just didn't happen! In full: I got my entry confirmation through by email four days ago, in which it said "The run will be taking place whatever the weather, so please make sure that you dress accordingly." Got up early, drove the 14 miles there - New Year, first run of 2010, feeling positive. No sign of anyone. Wandered round the Barr Beacon for 20 minutes trying to find a race. Nothing. Walked back to car. Talked to a man on the way back who said the race had been cancelled. No notices anywhere to inform runners of this. Nothing on the Walsall Hospice website to indicate this was the case. I'd have thought the organisers could have easily sent out an email at least to those people who registered online. I know it's in aid of a charity, but it's still a bit of a poor show. Date of review: January 3, 2010
In short: Water! Water! In full: This is the second time I've run the Timberhonger 10K, and it was a sweltering day. The race doesn't start until 11am, which means it's already really hot when you're starting off. I really didn't have a good time, as having read that there were two water stations, and in the event of hot weather there would be three, I didn't take my own water. There was only the one water station on the route, which you pass twice on a loop Unfortunately, they had already run out of water when I passed it the second time. The marshalls were, very kindly, passing on their own water to runners - it's not really on that they had to do this though. I'm feeling pretty miserable as I had a very difficult last 5km and ended up with an abysmal time. I'd only run it again if I took my own water with me. Date of review: June 28, 2009
In short: Fantastic offroad fun! In full: What a great run! Almost all off-road, along woodlands tracks and paths through fields. It's single-file a fair bit of the way, and there are some waits to climb stiles, which means unless you're at the front at the start it's possibly not PB material. But for a fabulous Friday evening run, it's spot on. Fantastic organisation and marshalling, glorious scenery and a great goodie bag at the end. Can't wait for next year! Date of review: June 19, 2009
In short: They've got to be the most enthusiastic marshalls I've ever seen! In full: Great atmosphere, and very well organised considering the number of runners. I do wish that people would be honest about their expected finish time, or that there was a separate wave for walkers. I was honest, in the pink wave, and spent the first 2km trying to scrabble through the meandering crowds. I noticed a fair few green wave entrants finishing after me, which was a bit frustrating. Lots of free water, a fantastic cold shower at 6km, a great medal and t-shirt in the goodie bag. Lovely route round Hyde Park. Thankfully, I escaped the baggage scrabble at the end, but wouldn't have minded a few extra loos - I queued for 40 minutes before the start. I think this is a particularly good race for beginners. And Buster Martin finished! Date of review: July 15, 2007
In short: The hill was a killer, but there were ferrets at the end! In full: Excellently organised - good signs leading to start and carpark made it easy to find. Marshalling was excellent throughout. Course was pleasant, except for the hill just after 8km. Part of the Bromsgrove Carnival in Sanders Park, so there were stalls to wander round afterwards - including Mercia Ferret Welfare and Rescue, witha 'ferret roulette'. I got a spot prize, so between that and the ferrets I was pretty chuffed. Date of review: July 1, 2007
In short: Give me a sign! In full: The course itself was well-marshalled with clear mile markers - much more pleasant than I'd expected for Milton Keynes, but not *quite* as flat as I'd expected.
No signs at all driving to the race, and information on where stuff actually was there would have been appreciated. I'd paid for a t-shirt when I entered, and got an email to say it could be collected from the Race Information area, as no more were being sent out through the post. I made the mistake of waiting until after the race so I could get changed into it to drive home, and only found out from another runner that the Race Infomation bit had already closed, which was a bit of a disappointing note to finish on. No sign of the showers that were mentioned in the race information that I could find either.
Lots of Lucozade and water stations over the course, which was good. A bag with a little something in would have been nice at the end, although it's good to get a medal. Date of review: March 11, 2007
In short: Hills and miles and smiles... In full: Once out of the Watford suburbs it was a lovely run, although the hills were quite challenging. Very well organised, with great friendly marshalling and efficient water stations. I would have appreciated a shower at the end. As others have commented, goodie bag was a bit sparse, but I'm happy with a T-shirt rather than a medal. It was a bit of a journey for me, but I'd definitely recommend it for folks down south. Date of review: February 4, 2007
In short: Ho ho ho! In full: Travelled up from Birmingham, to stop with family. This was by far the most fun race I've run. Convinced my partner, who's still recovering from serious head injuries after a car crash last year, to take part - and we managed to run about 2/3, with some walking in between. Although not glorious contryside, the route takes in some famous sights - he mentioned what a beautiful city Liverpool is. Certainly not PB material, due to the huge numbers involved - and not what I'd consider a *serious* race, but a wonderful atmosphere. Bit of a queue for goodie bags at the end, which could possibly have been done more efficiently - but a medal, goodie bag and T-shirt is a pretty good haul. Fantastic morning - worth every mile of the M6 there and back again! Date of review: December 3, 2006