In short: Really Good In full: 16,000 runners are going to make small streets congested ... great start setup, loads of toilets, good support all the way round. The only negative is the final out and back when you get back to the stadium. Surely this distance could be incoroprated somewhere else?!
Enjoyable race ... well worth doing! Date of review: March 21, 2010
In short: Tough Enough? Just right!! In full: What a fantastic race ... similar sense of accomplishment to the London Marathon.
Full of great little touches that put this race WAY above all others ... my favourites ... your name on the number, easy number collection, plenty of parking, lots of toilets, start on time, national anthem, well marked course with tape and spray paint (including marking of horse left 'obsticles'), cheerful and supplortive marshals, ample water stations, well thought out course, fantastic medel and t shirt, great weather, cooked breakfast and there are loads more... The whole event ran like clockwork.
I'll be back next year ... although I think I'm going to have to be quick as this race will fill up quicker every year!
I still can't work out how a race all uphill one way can not be all downhill coming back! That hill at 12 miles was a killer!
Thank you to all who contributed to a great day.
Should be Runners World #1 next year Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: A nice challenging course In full: All in all a good race. Plenty of toilets and changing facilities at HQ (Queens stand) but the start was quite a way away. The start was also a little sudden as it was hard to hear instructions due to the weather. Thanks to all the marshalls. The mug as a momento was OK. Well worth running Date of review: November 23, 2009
In short: A good race In full: A good race with a challenging first half. However, what goes up must come down! Could have done with a few marshals stopping traffic by the leasure centre and a pretty poor medel. All in all, though, a great local run. Date of review: November 9, 2009
In short: Pretty good ... Those hills are tough In full: Lack of car parking ... we ended up paying £5, 3 minutes to get over the starting line with a crazy U turn and more distance markers in the final mile would be good... Otherwise, a great run. The hills are tough (you don't want it easy do you?)and the support was great. Just do it ... Date of review: March 15, 2009
In short: Great Race ... You know what you're going to get! In full: This race is called the Knacker Cracker for a good reason. Even the few flat bits are tough because you are recovering from a steep up or downhill. What a great final hill... makes the 100's of steps worthwhile .... well maybe not! Date of review: January 1, 2009
In short: Not a bad race but a little short on info In full: This was my second 10k and it was OK. Once we parked up we had to try and find out where to go and register. We asked 3 people with bright yellow bibs on that perhaps should have known ... they didn't. Once we signed up, the next mission was to find the start line. There was no info or signs that we could see to guide the first timers guiding to the right location. The start line was quite a bit further down the road ... we were kindly told by another runner. The race itself was pretty good. It was really icy but the sun was out and it was pretty enjoyable. The smell of Cornflakes from the Kelloggs factory made was an interesting twist. Although the start and finish is in an industrial estate, there is some pretty scenery.