In short: Good but not great In full: Enjoyable scenic 10k. It has all the right elements to be a great 10k but its missing a little something....
The start point was very busy which you would expect but i dont think anyone could hear a word being said over the tanoy, i total waste of time.
Toilet facitlities were also fairly limited for almost 1000 runners.
I read that in previous years the marshalls were seriously depressing, far from it this time out - they have obviously been well briefed. It looked like they had signed up local cadets (sorry if you werent but i was in the middle of dying) who gave superb support when out on the off-road beach front, more remote stretch. The crowd support was also superb in and around woodside park... impressive for a smaller race.
I set a PB as the wind really helped you along coming back towards the finish. Equally, if the wind was in the other direction it would literally be a hell'ish run and a very difficult 10k due to the openness on the sea front.
A great mix of club runners and charity fun runners which made for a good race. Some sensible time banding at the start point made sure those out to set a fast time werent held up.
The goodie bag however was very poor. A bottle of water, medal and a mars bar. I have done a lot of small races and they have really put a lot more thought, time and care into this part. Its not an essential but its one part that really falls short compared to other races. I think this is where its very apparent this is for the RNLI rather than a race so to speak.
I would do it again as i really enjoyed it. Just a little more effort and it could be a race thats first in the diary every year.
In short: Great but dangerous! In full: What a great race but left dissappointed! Fantastic multi-terrain course which is really challenging but has great potential for a quick time. Lots to see on-route and plenty of digging in on the harder sections. The goodie bag as top notch and takes alot of beating compared to other events of this size. Only thing that needs addressing is the organisation of the route. Some areas were extremely badly signposted and the seafront was simply too busy with pedestrians for a race of this size. Nobody knew a race was going on and as the sun was out, lots of people were enjoying a weekend stroll. Bang, 2000 runners thrown into the mix and it starts to get dangerous. Saw several fallers and i almost fell over someones dog - not their fault at all but something needs to be done by the organisers to address this. Not fair on the runners or by those trying to enjoy their weekend Date of review: February 18, 2013