In short: Mud, Hills, Water and Pain! In full: Ouch!
Enjoyed this race. The start was right next to the start line which is always good.
The start of the race is interesting, after 100 metres you hit the water, which was a little cold and shocked the legs. Shortly after you hit a big hill. The course was obvioulsy very muddy and nearly lost the shoe on a number of occasions but it beats road running every day of the week.
Did a lot more walking than I thought I would but still managed 30th place.
Nice medal, the only thing that needs sorting is the walk from the finish to the car park and perhaps the organisers should consider switching the finsh from the castle to the start area.
Oh yeah 6 miles, I don't think so!!!!
Will be going back for Icebreaker in Feb. Date of review: October 24, 2010
In short: PB potential but shocking organisation In full: Got to the start and did not have a clue what was going on. Got into the running pen (after having to climb a barrier). Not one sign to indicate which pen was which and runners were not seperated into the predicted finishing times. Poor! Fortunately I did not hit a bottleneck as was at the front.
Despite the farce at the start, the course had PB potenital written all over it, as it was very flat. In fact the only climbs of any significance came between miles 10.5 and mile 12.
One of the better goody bags at the end and a nice shiny locally made medal was enclosed.
Will be back but hopefully the issues with the start will be sorted.
Nice to see Mo Farah starting us off! Date of review: October 24, 2010
In short: What Hill?! In full: Decent race and good organisation. 1st 2K starts off on a climb but not too bad. This is followed by a couple of 2K loops with narrow roads. On this part of the course you get 2 oppurtunities for water. You also get to lap people who are supposed to be on the right! Hmmm.
With the loop out of the way you make your way back home, with the well advertised hill around 7.5K in which lasts for around 1.5 K ish. To be fair its not the worst hill in the world and ive seen and done a lot worse (Cobra Classic) recently.
With the hill out of the way you get the chance for a downhill dash for the final 1.2K with the finish in Sanders Park. At the finish you get a medal and a bottle of water (hurrah, no dodgy T-Shirt!)
All in all quality race, the only suggestion would be, is to introduce a timing chip!
In short: If you like Hills..... In full: Ver hilly so forget your pb being smashed. in fact I was 5 mins off mine today which was down to a combo of returning from injury, hot weather and the killer hills. The final half a mile was down hill which was what the body was crying out for after a torturous 2.5K which included 2 sets of steps. It must be the first time I have walked in a 5K due to the steps.
Scenery was class, at the top of the hill you had panoramic views of Birmingham - what more do you want! Will be back the Rumble in July then on to Tough Guy. Date of review: April 24, 2010
In short: Tough but no Tough Guy! In full: Start was very congested and bottlenecks for the 1st 3 miles at least. Saw people walking after only 400 metres (surely you did some training?!?) A lot of mud and water. Saw a load of people going around the water but as i had paid for it, I though I would run straight through! After 5 miles, there was the oppurtunity to get some decent running in as the "puddles" were less frequent. Expecting the finish after 8 miles but was more like 9 ( according to the garmin 8,74!!!). Went into what i thought was the last corner only to see another loop before the finish! Demoralising was not the word i said at the time. Managed to finish in 1hr 12 so not too bad. did not realy want a T-Shirt but still, maybe a pices of mud attached to a ribbon would have been more apt... Date of review: December 10, 2009