In short: An absolute ripper of an event. In full: This is how to do it. Well organised. Plenty of water in bottles. Sponges. Never had a sponge before. Awesome. Great support. Cracking hoody. Bins for bottles and stuff at every mile marker. Great idea.
In short: Passable In full: I'm a bit indifferent about this one. Quite hilly - no real killers, just lots of them to keep the challenge.. Water stations were chaotic - needed to be bigger and manned better.. I also hate cups but that's a personal thing.. Wouldn't have minded the gel in my goody bag at around mile 9 too.. Also I thought the web site said the T Shirt was a printed addidas one - not the chap cotton one I got..
That said. It fitted with my marathon plan and got me out for the morning. Lots of support and a varied course.. Date of review: March 24, 2014
In short: Enjoyed that In full: Nearly didn't bother turning up - weather looked poor. People kept warning me about the hills. Its November. I'm glad I did. Nice views, quality T shirt. Got a bit cramped in places with the traffic but it wasn't too bad. I could have used a bottle of the free lucozade at the end at about mile 7 but the jelly babies at mile 10 helped. Managed a PB so I didn't think it was that hilly. Be back next year :-) Date of review: November 25, 2013
In short: Nice Midweek series to keep the wheels spinning In full: I don't understand what the criticism below is based on. I entered the series of 4 for £27 - £6.75 per race doesn’t seem too bad value to me. The Mansfield 5k Classic was £7 so that seems the going rate for a 5k. Yes, it's not free like Parkrun but it's also not sponsored by some major companies. Sometimes you have to put your hand in your pocket. Always seemed organised - not many events that you can get to wait for you as you hurtle into the car park with minutes to spare. I don't need another "goody-bag" with fliers and random tat in it. I got a nice technical T Shirt for completing the series last night. I've got far worse from a certain major Half Marathon.
It's a midweek 5k - not the London marathon. sure, there were some teething problems with the natives at the first 2 races - but these got sorted out with the relocation.
In summary for me;
-Friendly crowd - Approachable - Nice prizes (wine). - Well organised. - Good value. - Technical T Shirt fits.