In short: Marshalling great, course well signed start/finish area orginisation awful In full: Positives first. Marshalling was great, plentiful and pleasent. The course was nice and scenic even with a nasty last hill and with the new start/finish location was easy to get to.
Now by whinges. Bag drop off and pick up, what a diaster. Not the fault of the people working it but wow was the organisatin bad. The signs to bag drop off were misleading and ended up with queues for the toilet and drop-off being confused and merged. One person seemed to be working the drop off, could have done with at least a few more and also some one to organise queues.
Bag pick up was worse. I finished fairly early but after waiting for a friend to cross the line at 1:45 pace, so not slow at all, I headed to get the bag. It took over an hour of queueing to retrieve it. With drop-off added in it took me longer to do that than run the race. Some water was brought to the queue which was a great idea and greatly appreciated. Unfortunately voulnteers were getting a hard time from runners, which in turn led to them being a bit stressed with runners so tension was high.
Finish are was disappointing too. a bottle of water was the only refreshment on offer, no food at all and no goodie bag. With my wallet in my bag I couldn't even buy something to keep me going while I waited.
The Start for me was just a mess. Could not hear announcer and why did 10k start at same time as half marathon? No corraling of any sort casued the first 5km (at least) to be hugely over congested for runners trying to get a faster time.
I like the idea of this becoming a big event with multiple distances but pardon the pun, walk before you run. Sort out the organisation as this is a good event and course that was tarnished by bad pre/post race events. Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: Great to race at Silverstone but why no chip mat at the start? In full: It was good fun to race at the Silvertone Granp Prix track. Everyone was very friendly and there was a good turn out.
I thought the announcer did a great job and chip pick uup was quick and easy.
Only one moan and I'm sure there is a reason for this but I have never been to an event where they did gun to chip timing. My friends and I were a little way back and we were surprised when there was no chip start mat.
The course was good, but due to the wind it made it hard work. The water was appreciated at the halfway mark.
Finish was well organised.
I know this is a cheap race so I wasn't expecting anything but it is always nice to have some momento of your race, t-shirt, medal, bag... I'm not fussy just something would be nice, would pay the little extra for it. Date of review: May 7, 2009
In short: Well organised, nice medal, good course, great PA guy. In full: I thought the course was good, the hill added to the event and migth reduce your PB chnaces but the downhill is just as good so can;t complain.
Start and finish were well laid out apart from the usual people clamering to the front only to then set off at a brisk walk (not the organisers fault).
A drink station might be nice but was clearly stated there wasn't one and not to hard to take your own supplies.
Drink was plentiful at the end of the race.
Good medal, and quick results.
Unfortunately my chip time was lost but I'm led to believe this was becasue of how I postioned it on my shoe and not ankle so again no fault of the organisation.
Four of us travelled over 1 1/2 hours to attend this event and it was well worth it.
In short: Very quick course if you could get past people! In full: Start with the negatives, big queue to get to the place, it would surprise me if people didn;t make the start and it wouldn't have been due to not setting off early enough.
Port-a-loo's queue same at any event, don;t expect to nip in and out.
Race start was unorganised, there were no flags with expected finish times on so you had a lot of slow runners up front.
I think for the amount of people running in this event the course is to narrow, or vice-a-versa. I didn't really get any room to overtake/be overtaken until well after half way and even then it was still busy.
The end of the race was fine untill about the 2 hour mark when the majority of runners got in, then the queue to get out of the chute was right back at the finish line. There was a serious danger of people not being able to cross when they got there.
Okay, the postives now. The course was great, it was scenic, it was mostly flat and we went through some lovely areas.
The whole event was very well marshalled, all of them were pleasent, supportive and informative.
Drink stations were well placed, well stocked and well manned and the lucozade stop at half way was great.
The medal was good for the entry fee and again good supply of drinks at the end, might have been nice to have had some fruit or some token snacks though.
Overall a very positive experience, it just may have grown a little to quickly for the organisers to deal with the numbers. Date of review: March 8, 2009