In short: Still a nice race, but let down by a few negative features, presumably resulting from the recent change in management In full: I gather the absence of water stations and mile markers may have had something to do with the race having Cross Country classification, but in my opinion this event should have both of these features. The steel bands around the course in previous years were a nice touch and had become a bit of a ‘trademark’ for this race. These too were missing this year, as were the sweatshirts - replaced by t-shirts, which although were quite a nice design, I suspect the fact that there was no date on them means they will be churned out again next year ( as per the organisers other race - Wakefield City 10K). Finally, the traffic problems causing the start to be delayed were NOT caused by the very marginal increase numbers, or any changes to road layout or car park space – just bad planning and organisation on the part of the police/officials. On the plus side, this is a nice course and potentially a really good location, so hopefully the new organisers will consider retaining some of the race’s former distinctive character.
In short: Too big and overcrowded plus fiasco over the publication of results showed general lack of understanding and empathy for runners In full: This race has got far too big to be manageable. The organisers seem to have lost sight of the interests of runners as demonstrated by the outrageous decision to withhold results from the web and charge £2 for a printed copy.
Course isn’t bad if you don’t mind city centre out and back. Far too crowded at the start probably made worse by having to funnel everyone over the ship timing mats.
Toilets totally inadequate for a race that size. Many other local races offering better atmosphere and value for money.