In short: Superb Value, Great Scenery, Charming Run In full: All meet at Calverley Bridge and set off along the beautiful canal towpath. Five sets of locks inclucing the KILLER 'Five Rise Locks' in Bingley which is the ONLY thing preventing this from being a great PB course.
My wife and daughter-in-law decided to cycle it. So this is a great family day out for all abilities.
In short: My hardest yet In full: Not a great deal to say because the race rendered me speechless. The views were the best ever, but those hills did come at a price. My clutes and quads still hurt 3 days after.
My only disappointment was no goodie bag, even though the race itinerary on runners and the website DID say there was a medal. For that reason only.... I will not be doing it again. Date of review: July 31, 2009
In short: Excellent, Brilliant, Incredible In full: Where the heck do we start? The numbers were not great because this event had no previous form, but everyone I spoke to really enjoyed the inaugural event and want to come back next year.
I have already seen the photographs and when you do, you will agree the scenery was indeed STUNNING with Filey Brigg at one end and Bempton Cliffs at the other. It was mildly challenging because of the hills, but the wind on the day was beyond our control. The beach sand was nice and firm and the run was easy. You would never believe that Primrose Valley (Haven Holidays) had never organised this before. The pasta party and jacket potato selection the night before and the FREE evening entertainment was first class. Not to mention the quality goodie bag - no plastic carriers bags here, this was a very nice drawstring shoe bag with t-shirt, quality medal, drinks, banana, and chocolate. The changing and showering facilities were brilliant, because they have never been provided in any of my 20 races this last year.
I will be running this again, and I hope the numbers are full so it would be even better.
In short: Too many complainers In full: Reading the reviews I notice there are so many comments about congestion. That is to to expected as it is a popular event which is aimed at raising money for Jane's charity. It is not mean to be a limited number of runners for speed and pb's.
Considering the size of the vent, it was managed very well indeed. What really caused problems was the 'average Joe' who thought the rules did not apply them them and ignored marshalls, jumped wave colours etc.
In all a brilliant event and very well organised by a huge team of unpaid volunteers.
If you want a real challange with a hard little hill at the at end, try search runners world for 'Filey Bay 10k' on October 19th. This is an inaugural event, with free entertainment, all you can eat pasta party the night before, and possibly the best goody bag of all time.
In short: Superb, Fun and Enjoyable In full: Clubby atmosphere with LOTS of AC runners in this event which leaves very few vacancies for outside runners to come along. However, I did not feel like an outsider and was given respect all along the route.
Very long walk downhill to the start line which was very cramped (hense only 400). Not only did that mean a big hill right at the beginning, but the family had a hell of a walk back after the start :)
BOGGY ? I have never seem boggy like this before. The last 4 miles were boggy HELL, but it took your mind of the huge last hill. - great fun :)
One big draw back in my opinion is the lack of medal and t-shirt. Because after running a gruelling 13 miles in multi terrain, I would at least expect a medal or t-shirt. Ended up with a grotty old mug worth 40p and a mini chocolate bar. It was not even a full size bar. I like to get my hands on tangible momentos - and for that reason only, I will not be entering next year. (I don't think - watch this space).
In short: Should not be organised by the council In full: I drove from West Yorkshire to Bournemouth just for this event. I travelled in my motorhome and spoke to Bournemouth Council for ages on the phone and by email trying to find a place to park. They told me there was no-where for a motorhome. They were right ! I ended up parking in the police station (with permission). The race was a great course with an equally great atmosphere, and I managed a new PB. Great shirt and medal too. But I do feel the event was not best organised as there were many 'wanderers' and disabled buggies en-route, who were determined to make their protest by walking right down the middle of the course.
Final note: Nice event, not the best organisation for so many events on the same day. Would not drive 300 miles for again.
In short: Fantastic In full: This was my first 10 miler as a race. Trained for 10 and 13 miles for ages but this was 'hard as nails' and I loved it. I am also told by the wife, that it was lovelly place and plenty to do. for familes whilst they are waiting. Will be back next year and bringing some some friends with me.
In short: Very Special In full: No chips or timings for the high price but the scenery and free entry to the house and grounds after the event madeup for that.
The start funnel was very busy, so not really good for PB's unless you get to the front. Saying that I was running my backside off and overtook (barged through) and got a PB of 46:10 Yes it was a VERY challenging with the hills, but that was made up for with the long downhills. I only started running this year aged 50, but I have now enjoyed my 7th race. I have my first half marathon in FLORIDA in December, and you can sponsor me if you have a spare dime www.justgiving.com/stephenauker
In short: Rediculous!! In full: It was totally rediculous! From the beginning the welcome was extra-ordinary. I really comfortable and welcomed. Compared to last week when I ran the Dumfries and Galloway 10k, where it was very insular and clique.
Then I arrived with my family to the Pasta party on Saturday, and WOW, what a great welcome again. The Major of Mablethopre greeted us and we were shown to the pasta bar to get some 'fuel'. The raffle draw went on for ages with loads of prizes donated by the local businesses.
The route was well supported with both marshalls and public. Followed by the most generous goodie bag I have ever seen i.e. tee shirt, medal AND a great glass trophy.
The whole package was by far worth more than I paid to enter the event.