In short: Never fails to disappoint In full: My 3rd successive year at this race and as usual it is a great local, well supported and organised event.
A challenging course, and yes you do have to save yourself for the 9th KM which isn't necessarily a steep ascent but it certainly goes on a long way and will take it out of you if you go off too quickly at the start. But this isn't the only uphill. There's a bit of a climb needed at around 3k and a fairly tough one at 5k just before you cross through the park.
There is ample parking around the town centre if you allow plenty of time and a decent goody bad with a technical t-shirt thrown in - A vast improvement on last years offering.
Instant results from the chip-timing van and a 4.3k fun-run as well as a 1m shorter run make this a great event for all abilities.
Well done as ever Aldridge RC. Will look out for next years race date and book it in the diary. Date of review: June 14, 2013
In short: Flat, scenic, enjoyable race In full: My 2nd time at the Event having previously run it in 2011. This is a fast, flat, mainly off-road route taking in the scenic Elvaston Castle and Country Park and surrounding areas.
Previous comments mention the change of car park but I echo that this was well communicated and controlled on race day and a sensible 5 minute delay to the start time was allowed to ensure everybody made it.
The route is slightly different to what I remember from 2 years ago but it generally fast and flat and good weather will always give an opportunity for a fast time.
A vast improvement from my last run here is the technical t-shirt on offer - Great job. Once suggestion for improvement is that there should be a longer run-off area once you cross the finishing line. The run finishes on a fairly narrow path and with spectators and well wishers either side it can easily get congested.
Overall this a great and well established event. Excellent value with a quality t-shirt. Well done Sinfin. Date of review: June 6, 2013
In short: Atmospheric, quick, well supported race In full: A great event if a little pricey. Fast flat course allows for a good PB opportunity but with 4,000 entries you get a great buzz from taking part in a mass participation event.
Agree with the comments about the goody bag - but the haribo sweets were welcome. Nice to have a tech t-shirt too rather than a cotton effort.
In short: Superb Marathon warm-up In full: Such a well established and well organised race. I'll be back again whether I'm running a Spring Marathon or not. The hoodie alone is worth the entrance fee. Outstanding race. Date of review: May 2, 2013
In short: Wonderful fast flat 10k in park setting In full: A superbly organised 10k road race which is ideal for both first time/Beginner runners and 'Fasties' seeking a PB time.
The Foundation for Conductive Education being based on the edge of Cannon Hill Park put on an excellent race allowing great use of the facilities beforehand with plenty of toilets, refreshments, storage facilities and somewhere to keep warm on a cold day.
The route itself is a 2 lap fast flat course taking in the scenic Cannon Hill Park and a fairly long 'out n back' path all the way down to Kitchener Road, south of the park.
After the run, the HQ had a wide range of cakes and drinks (and the chance to warm up again :) ) as well as a nice presentation ceremony with plenty of 'spot prizes' on offer.
It's quite a low key event with around 170 runners but it has deservedly been growing in recent years and 2012 saw a record attendance. Furthermore the results were published within a few hours of the finish despite the fact there was no chip timing.
All-in-all a great event and all in aid of a great cause too. From a personal viewpoint I'll remember this race for the rest of my life as it enabled me to break the 40 minute 10k barrier for the first time and successfully achieve a target I had set myself at the start of the year.
Well done to all involved at the Foundation for Conductive Education. I look forward to running the race again. Date of review: November 5, 2012
In short: Proud to have ticked it off my list.. In full: Great race as has been said many times. I agree with previous comments about not enough loos and the 'dull as dishwater' route between miles 3 and 11.
Atmosphere and support was excellent but having done the BUPA Birmingham Half last year I have to say that Brum was better!
The rain was nice - it kept the runners cool and it wasn't as windy as was expected so weather was near perfect.
I'd like to come back again - but I won't rush to sign up for next year. It's an expensive weekend if you're not local. Date of review: September 25, 2012
In short: Fast, Flat, Well organised race In full: A lovely fast 10k on quiet country lanes. The route is entirely closed to traffic making it safe for both runners and spectators.
A huge car park with ample parking space and good use of the Church Wilne sports/social club for changing rooms/showers and for post-race drinks and a BBQ.
Did this race last year and like many others gave feedback that more toilets were needed. The organisers took note and hired out some portakabin loos but I think they could have done with a few more as the queues were still quite long. I would also suggest a technical t-shirt for the future rather than a cotton souvenir shirt which has been given in both years.
In summary - a great race with clockwork organisation. One or two minor tweaks as suggested would make this one of the Midland's Premier 10k road races without doubt. Date of review: September 3, 2012
In short: Undulating but Scenic Route. Friendly & Welcoming In full: My 2nd year at this event and the first thing to say is a big thank you to the organisers who rearranged this popular Annual run following bad weather early in July.
This is a 2 lap 10k taking in the lovely village of Darley Abbey and the nearby Darley Abbey Park in Derby. The village and the park is by no means flat thereby making this a challenging course - especially on a windy day like this year's race was.
Great support and encouragement from the village locals and marshalls on route. Decent goody bag, an instant chip timing results service upon crossing the finish line, massage facilities and good use of the Haslams Rugby club bar for a well deserved portion of chips afterwards and a drink at the end.
I would suggest just one area for improvement. About half a km into the park there is a downhill pathed section where you run towards some barrier fencing/posts which you need to zig-zag through to get past. This could be dangerous as runners approach it at speed. There perhaps should be a marshall on hand to warn runners to take care.
All in all a great race and I look forward to returning. Date of review: August 27, 2012
In short: Fast flat multi-terrain race In full: My 2nd year at this Event. It attracts a strong field of runners which gives you a clue about its long established status and reputation.
The start was delayed by half an hour owing to very bad traffic in the local area. Fair play to the organisers for making plans to delay the start - Some races wouldn't have done this.
Marshalling and support is very good all round. Yes the main road is not closed for the run but the marshalls do a great job at controlling the traffic. One driver got a bit irate with one of the marshalls as I ran past but the marshall stood his ground for the safety of the runners - that was good to see.
Slightly disappointed at the lack of a timer at the finish line. There were no massage facilities this year either but I was proud of my 'silver' medal. Last year I got a bronze so I guess I've improved :-)
Re: the previous comment about the confusion with 100 metres to go. I was there supporting some other runners and can offer a different viewpoint. The marshalls were occupied with a lady who had taken a serious fall on the bend. She was in a bad way and so they had to attend to her before St Johnn's ambulance arrived. This momentarily left that area unmarshalled for direction pointing and the '10 year old kid' was indeed pointing his hand in the wrong direction - but in fact what he was doing was holding his hand up to warn cars exiting the adjacent car park not to edge forward until the runner had passed. Very commendable that the lad stepped in I'd say.
All-in-all a very good race. I'll be back again. Good job Elmbridge Road Runners. Date of review: July 23, 2012