In short: Tough but enjoyable run slightly let down by organisational detail In full: Really enjoyed the run through parkland in perfect weather. The course was tougher than expected - slightly longer than a HM, sections along stony, rooty narrow track, couple of steep slow hills. This made it a good challenge though.
The race director said he wanted feed back, so here goes: What could be better next year? Make it clear to runners what we are letting ourselves in for: there are lots of ways of showing what the course is like underfoot, for instance a few snaps on the website or a brief description in the info pack. Tell us about the paths, the roots, the overhanging trees, then we know what to expect on the day. If I'd known about the overlength course and lack of mile markers beforehand, I could have decided whether to do the run on that basis, instead of feeling resentful on the day. The advertised energy drinks at half way weren't apparent when I got there, so maybe clearer signs needed here. More men's toilets would improve pre-run nerves. The lack of pre-race information made me feel that Black Sheep were treating the race as an afterthought - there was nothing but a brief email a few days before the run to encourage me. Their website made no attempt to reward a visit with any information updates. I thought the rest of the organisation was fine, without excelling.
In short: Friendly, well organised run in lovely woods. In full: Really enjoyed the challenge set by Fat Feet, who must be proud of the success of their first(ever?) run. Bourne woods are a lovely place to run, the course had a great variety of paths and views, and there were enough twists and turns to almost make me forget I was retreading my steps on the second lap. If this was Fat Feet's first ever, it didn't show. There were plenty of marshalls to encourage and direct, and staff at the beginning to answer questions and help out. How could it be better? Clear signage from the car park to the start? Send out a map of the course with start and finish marked so runners can organise their spectators? A wider path at the start? These are tiny niggles, which only goes to show how, in my view, the important stuff was sorted. Date of review: May 31, 2010
In short: Well organised at an unusual venue, it was a great morning for the family In full: We used the event as a focus for a bit of charity fundraising and it was perfect for the whole family. Two younger members joined in the fun run and a teenager and four adults did the 10k. Some were first time competitors, a couple of us had done a few runs before. Everyone enjoyed it, getting a load out of the event, which was pretty seamlessly organised. It was all as advertised, well marshalled, timed and directed with a positive attitude. I know some have gypped at the cost, but for us Â£14 by post to 2:09 was good value. We got a pre-run warm up, relaxed commentator, lots of goodies and the gentle thrill of running at such a historic location. The Mercedes temple to capitalism was great too, as non-runners could sit in the cafe or stand outside and watch the whole race loop around in front of them. This is the only run where instead of queuing for pungent portaloos, I've walked straight into a washroom with Purifying Neem face wash and handcream.... The only critiscism I can think of is about the announcements in the Merc building which were inaudable, but it's probably petty to bring it up. Great event, had a laugh, congratulations to the organisers Date of review: March 28, 2010