In short: Fun course, well organised and very well supported - well worth the drive! In full: I thought this was an excellent event - the finishing area was swinging, the route was scenic, well marshalled and very well supported (glorious weather today as well). I suspect that with the relative inaccessibility of the location and limit on available parking, this one probably won't be rivalling the Great North Run any time soon, but I'd definitely love to be back next year for more of the same! Date of review: March 11, 2012
In short: Green race, quiet course, well organised and good atmosphere In full: A nice enough route out of Kenilworth through the Warwickshire countryside, well marshalled and generally well organised, other than some minor issues with runners overcrowding the sports hall at the start. Something about the weather or something. Love the technical tee. Much better value than any of the Coventry halves to date. Date of review: September 8, 2011
In short: 'No-frills race' is bang on the money In full: Agree with pretty much everything SilkTork says. Especially about the mug in the VW bowling for runners. Note to all: when I come to power, buying a German car will be an automatic six points on your licence. I know there'll be some good drivers get stung wby that, but the overall picture on Britain's roads will be greatly improved as a result. Vote Dan, vote opinions.
Scenery was no better than expected and not improved by seeing it all three times, but not terrible either. I really enjoyed the race itself mainly because of the atmosphere - it was a lot less iPoddy than a lot I've been to, so there was a chance for a few snatched words here and there out on the course. That doesn't sound like much, but it gives you a pick up when you've just been up an incline.
Flat course, fast - a lot of people are querying the measurement. They did say the course had been specially remeasured for this year, so I'm prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt. Date of review: February 13, 2011
In short: Well done Sphinx! In full: Bomb craters, frozen molehills, hurdles - this race had the lot! (Ok, the hurdles were only 30cm high, thanks for small mercies.) It's an absolutely fantastic location, made even more beautiful by the layer of snow / frost. It was EXTREMELY cold though. Anyone who entered on the day, in the knowledge of exactly what the conditions were, deserves extra credit. If anything, the hard ground might have made the course a bit quicker, but those craters? Ouch. I'll definitely make the effort to be back next year. Date of review: November 28, 2010
In short: Great views, a bit treacherous underfoot. Well worth braving the vagaries of Sunday trains for. In full: This race went up and down like West Brom, but was a great deal easier on the eye. Getting to the top of an absolute MULE of a hill to be rewarded with a view of what I presume would class as the South Downs was a really rewarding experience.
It was worth keeping your eyes down at times, though: there were patches of skiddy dust, loose stones, potholes and prodigiously sized horse stools waiting for the unwary.
I'm a huge fan of getting a proper technical tee at the end, although it looks like it's perfect for a wet t-shirt contest. And beer? Cheers! Date of review: September 5, 2010
In short: Good atmosphere, good fun, lose the chip timing In full: A really enjoyable race, lovely route and well marshalled. Had two friends running 10k for the first time and they absolutely loved it too.
I think the size of the race doesn't really merit chip timing - I'd get rid of this and lower the price. Also, a bit of thought should be put into laying out the admin side for next time - where to put desks etc, to avoid big queues and bottlenecks for number collecting at the start and getting shot of your chip at the end.
Sausages in the goody bag were very welcome. I suppose it would be too much to ask that they get rid of the chip timing and give us a steak next year? Date of review: August 29, 2010
In short: Hilly course, steep up AND down. I saw one guy overshoot a corner at the bottom of a decline and take a tumble. Awesome scenery, great atmosphere and rocking goodie bag more than repaid the effort, though – I’ll definitely be back next year. Date of review: August 9, 2010
In short: Very difficult to fault In full: I was mightily impressed with this race. I've not seen any nine mile races elsewhere, so this was a guaranteed PB. It was well marshaled, the venue was excellent (beer! barbecue!) the route scenic and the atmosphere outstanding.
If I were determined to pick fault, I might mention that they nicked their PA system from Hampton-in-Arden station: "Special announcement for all passengerzzz, mwibble mwibble flrrrr," (they didn't say that, I'm just making the point that you couldn't really hear it).
Overall, a super day. Will definitely be back next year. Date of review: June 21, 2010
In short: Hot would be an understatement In full: It wasn't ideal conditions for people in fancy dress today (yet when is it ever?) It was really hot and the course is so up and down that you struggle to get into a rhythm. I do doff my cap to the people of Cov because they make this race. The support was magnificent throughout and made a real difference. I saw a lot of people walking / stopping and heard reports of people walking away before the start, discouraged by the heat. I think this will alwways be an issue if the race s held in May. I'm in favour of earlier spring or autumn. Date of review: May 23, 2010