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