In short: Event Back On Track In full: As was one who gave some not exactly stellar feedback on the first race of the series, I thought it only fair to come back and re-rate, 3 races in - given that the organisers had responded and said that there were teething problems and one-off issues that would be addressed.
Well, I am happy to report that of the main gripes I - and many others - had initially (which I won't bother repeating here) pretty much all have indeed been resolved. The organisers have been good to their word, and have sorted out the things (within their control - issues such as the Hub opening time they can do nothing about, though even there they have shifted the start by 15 mins to mitigate) that were bugging the event to begin with.
Definitely back on track, and I'm looking forward to the next one in January. Date of review: December 2, 2013
In short: A Definite Turn For The Worse In full: Echoing another review, I'll summarise my gripes as briefly as possibly:
- Late start, no explanation, no lockers open at The Hub even 10 mins before scheduled 9AM gun time
- Mumbled, unclear race direction. "When finishing, faster racers may be lapping you so stick to one side". Er, and *which* side would that be?? (Only even heard this because I was near the front.)
- Start / finish mat moved off the path onto wet, slippy autumn grass? Are you serious? So people are expected to divert off the tarmac during their last sprint for the line. That'll go well come a spell more rain.
- Everyone who's run this series regularly knows that the laps are slightly different - the boating pond dog-leg is not in every lap; this is why people were looking in a perplexed manner at their Garmins at the end, wondering why they were reading long and they'd missed a PB by 10 seconds (one guy I spoke to at least).
No bananas? A small thing, but if you're going to put the price up FIFTY PERCENT (I rarely use capitals, sorry) then take things away - I question the value. Maybe it paid for all the timing chips; which are useless in an incorrectly measured race.
- Speaking of timing chips - one of the joys of this series used to be a race chip/number for the whole series, so you could just rock up and run every first Sunday. Now it's chip collect at the start, every race. Means getting up earlier and queuing, every race.
Aside from that... It's still a fun 10K to run, and having paid the full 6 race entry I'll give them a chance to sort things out in November. If there are no signs of this happening, I may be seeking a refund. Date of review: October 7, 2013