In short: Hilly trail race but good fun In full: Very cold icy morning which meant some of the course was frozen underfoot. Not necessarily a bad thing as a rainy day could see this course being quite boggy in parts.
A nice pleasant run through Middleton Park trail and excellently organised and marshalled. Probably the best of the year and that includes for a couple of big marathons.
Nice to finish with a lap of the John Charles stadium running track.
Will definitely be back next year. Date of review: December 5, 2012
In short: Good race despite the weather In full: Strangely enough I managed to hit a new PB by 35secs. Not bad going considering the damp/wet conditions, huge bottleneck at the start and the few climbs to contend with.
Although it was a good race, my major gripe (other than the unfortunate weather) was the amount of slow paced runners and walkers at the front near the start line. This cause a huge backlog of runners waiting to get running after crossing the startline. It must have been at least a couple of minutes before I managed to do anything that at least resembled some kind of running action. It also took the first couple of miles to get fully up to race pace due to dodging and weaving in and out of the slow runners/walkers who decided to start near the front before the gun went off.
Perhaps next year the organiser might consider pens depending on your predicted finish time.
All in all a good race and a big thank you to the 100s of council workers and volunteers that gave up their time to marshall the race. They did a superb job. Date of review: June 20, 2011