In short: Enjoyable Despite my DNF In full: Well done to Cleethorpes AC, the marshalls and volunteers for putting on another successful race this year. Unfortunately my race finished at around 1.5 miles due to tripping on a pot-hole in the road. That said, I did enjoy the short run, and will be back again next year to finish the coures ;o) Date of review: January 2, 2010
In short: Tough yet enjoyable... In full: Tough yet enjoyable course, I really enjoyed the undulations and hills (although the hill near the end was a real killer). The race had a really friendly feel, and the marshals were very cheerful and supportive. Although the crowds were sparse the ones that were there were encouraging the runners.
The t-shirt may not of been the best I’ve received but I didn’t run the race for the t-shirt so I’m not too fussed. Would I run it again next year..? Not sure, I enjoyed the course but if I’m hunting for a PB next November then this is NOT the course to run. That said, I am very pleased that I ran the race.
In short: Another Good Race at Mablethorpe In full: This is the second year that I've run the 10K at Mablethorpe and I will be back again next year!
The course is pancake flat so is made for PBs and the 10K has a mixture of club runners, beginners and charity run/walkers.
The event on the day went OK, no real hiccups and although the crowds were sparse, what little were out there were very jovial and supportive. The run along the front felt like it was going to last forever (something to do with the strong coastal breeze being in my face I think).
All-in-all...a decent race, well organised and great value for money (much better than the Great Yorkshire 10K I ran the week before).
Well done Mablethorpe, I'll be back again next year :o) Date of review: September 16, 2008
In short: Disappointed In full: This years event was not a patch on last year; the course was better, the crowds were better, the bands were better and there was a BIG video screen at 5k.
The start pens seemed a little congested for my liking and it was a real squeeze running space for the first 1K or so (a runner nearly took me out with some erratic manoeuvres at one point).
The course was dull, we just seemed to be running past industrial unit and industrial unit with the occasional McDonalds thrown in and, even the turn around at the football ground didn’t do much to lift the spirits. It was disappointing to see so few spectators/supporters out there and even more depressing to run past tented areas reserved for bands that had not turned up. The road surface on the climb to the finish seemed a little slippery underfoot and the 800m climb was a little harsh for some of the runners on the day!
Overall I was not impressed with this years attempt to stage the Great Yorkshire. Will I run it again? I doubt it…! It’s a bit pricey and dull and with so many other running events this time of the year it’s hard to justify paying the entry fee for such a boring run!
In short: Best in the world In full: The London Marathon has to be the best marathon in the world to lose your marathon virginity to. The whole experience right from getting on the train on the way there through to getting off again on the way home was something special. The crowds were very vocal and offered lots of encouragement, the scenery was worth a look (especially the run up to the Queens pad), the organisation was like clockwork. The only possible gripe is that the it is a little conjested at the start making it difficult for those chasing PBs. That said all the otherstuff far outweighs the bad stuff. Date of review: April 19, 2008