In short: Awful Parking In full: Although this was a very flat course which presented good PB potential the day was let down by some poor organisation and a very dull course. The parking organisation was awful. I arrived at the venue 30mins before the start and from the gate to the car park it took 30 mins. Luckily the organisers delayed the start but then had the temerity to tell people to hurry to the start or they'd miss it. Duh! It was Human Race's fault that we were all late!
One to note though if you have tickets for the rowing at the Olympics - don't drive!
The course is extremely dull. 4 laps of the rowing lake really is monotonous.
I don't think I'll do this race again unless they change the course. Date of review: February 19, 2012
In short: Not as hard as I thought it was going to be In full: This was the first time I had taken part in this race but assumed it would be along the lines of the Ryde 10 in Feb. Actually the hills were not as bad as I was expecting and I managed a personal best at this distance so it is possible. The organisation wasn't great, with cars driving through the start right up to the last minute and the bag drop wasn't exactly as secure as it could be. I entered on the day and queueing to register seemed anathema to some people. Once underway there was lots of traffic, which was reasonably considerate to runners, but most annoying were some of the lead runners getting lost at a roundabout with no marshal(I think they ran an extra 2 miles!). This needs tightening up for next year. Also Ryde Harriers seem to be conducting a crusade against MP3s, which is disappointing as it will discourage first timers and fun runners. On a positive note, the race itself was really rewarding, with some challenging climbs which tested the legs. Thank you to all those who encouraged the stragglers up some of the final steep climbs - really supportive. I would definitely do it again but it would be improved by a bit more organisation. Date of review: August 15, 2010
In short: Lung busting and thigh burning stuff! In full: This was my first trail race for a while and it was quite a refresher! I had set myself the challenge of making it round without walking but by mile 7 a long, steep hill just wiped me out. Organisation was great and the trail was really rugged with some dizzying descents and punishing climbs. A nice descent at the end to stretch out very weary legs and really helpful Marshalls throughout. I would definitely do it again. Date of review: August 1, 2010