In short: Great PB potential but the wind put the mockers on it this year. In full: Well organised and ran like clock-work. Everyone agreed that the wind made it very challenging but there were still plenty of smiling faces willing to let me video them after the race!
See my video review here: http://www.youtube.com/runningreports Date of review: June 9, 2011
In short: More rewarding than most In full: I ran the 10 mile race and all I can say is "what a fantastic event!".
I don't know if it was due to the difficulty of the course but the lack of runners was a real disappointment and if you weren't there you missed out on a fab day.
THE COURSE The first 1.2 miles is ALL uphill! Having said that I took it really easy and it was no big deal as long as you weren't expecting a PB. The rewards for this hill are the spectacular views from the top. The other reward is the fact that you have to come down that hill at the end so you get a chance to sprint like crazy for nearly 2 miles!
It was a little tricky in places due to the uneven ground but that's what makes it more of a challenge and adding all these things together you really feel like you have had a good all round workout (hills - good for leg strength, uneven ground - good for ankle strength, downhill - good for practicing speed!).
There were 2 or 3 water stops around the course with gels as well as water available. My only gripe here is that they could have done with a couple more water stops in the second half of the course and get rid of the first one.
ORGANISATION No complaints - everyone was very friendly and there were plenty of signs for the bag drop, race start, etc. The car park was a good 10 minute walk away but you get to walk through the grape vines to get to the registration area - it felt like being in Italy!
GOODY BAG A great technical Tee (more useful than a medal IMO), a Mars Bar, plenty of Ribena. Apparently the Mars Bars ran out but tbh they had melted in the sun anyway so I threw most of mine away!
There was the option to have a massage for a donation to charity at the end too. I took some video on my phone and will upload to Youtube at some point and post a link.
CONCLUSION I loved it and whilst you are not going to get a PB the setting and views more than make up for it. I'll be there again next year. Date of review: May 30, 2011