In short: Now even better. In full: One of my favourite races of the year! As always I love the unique start finish in two scenic castles, the good support turn out as you pass through the residential areas and nice quiet countryside in between.
This year they added bottled water to the drink stations and a flapjack at the end (the other reviewer must have walked past those). For me this answered the only two gripes I had about the event in previous years. Date of review: June 16, 2015
In short: One of the best In full: Love this one. The course is a challenge so has its own PB category in my mind but the start and finish being in such excellent locations makes it really interesting.
The hills add a bit of spice but the support is excellent as you go round with only the bits in the country being nice and quiet.
Its a big field and a little bit busy queing for the start but the roads are nice and wide I did not notice any congestion.
goody bag is pretty average. Good medal, very basic tshirt & no sweets or chocs.. Date of review: June 9, 2014
In short: I liked it In full: Nice orgainisation a small but inoffensive run. There was little to no support out on the course but that was as expected. The roads were open (as expected) but the roads were very quiet and everything was well signposted and marshalls were at the tricky bits.
The constant undulations I would say makes a PB tricky but I would not say it was too challenging (most of the hilly bits are in the first 5k).
Goody bag: Nice medal & a strange stretchy thing that I am yet to identify. There was a nice stall dishing out water, flapjacks, jelly babies, bananas free to all runners which was a nice touch (better than one free banana/choccie to all runners as you could choose what you wanted).
My only big negative was the water stations were in cups which for a HM is not the best. Date of review: March 24, 2014
In short: Good for first HM / killer hill In full: The organisation was really great the split holding pens meant you were in a run of 20000 people but it never really felt like it. Everything from the sign posting, bag drop start, finish zone and meeting points ran like clockwork.
The scenery was not really much, once out of the city there was a lot of drab buildings and houses but I guess a lot of cities suffer the same. The bands were a welcome relief and well appreciated and it is really well supported the whole way round.
The hill at the end was the only major negative but as others have stated it probably adds a bit of spice. I would like to return soon just to conquer that sucker.
In short: Really good race In full: Not sure if the weather forecast kept some away but it was a very enjoyable race. A very flat first half with a few more challenging hills in the last 5k but nothing too bad and definetely a PB potential (I got one anyway).
Lots of marshalls giving encouragement and plenty of signs and markers all round.
Only criticism was the start could have done with more organising in the waterside carpark (better loadspeaker etc), but it was still ok.
The route is mostly on narrow paths woodland which was a little bit of a squeeze for the first half mile but fine after that. I kinda wish I was not going for PB as it was a scenic route which would have been nice to take more in.
Goody bag was a bit random (crisps??) but the water, flapjack & Chocolate were well needed and the medal was one of the nicer ones I have seen. Date of review: September 16, 2013
In short: Not bad but but course was repetetive (3.5laps). In full: Nice park (good advert for the 5k parkrun), price was reasonable, not enough signs for other park users (felt like I was on some kind of flashmob) dogs, grannies, bikes you name it we had to dodge round it.
Course was waaayy too repetetive (for me at least). Date of review: November 19, 2012