In short: Great course, great organisation In full: After the disaster of last year's short course the organisers made up for it this time with a flawless race.
The course was fairly fast, wide and appropriate for the volume of runners. To the people who have complained about it not being "scenic" or using the parks - going through the parks (with their narrow paths) is not appropriate for a race of this size as was clearly illustrated last year. If you're looking for scenery rather than a race I recommend trying the open top bus instead.
To the people claiming the course was long due to their garmin - you need to realise that your garmin is not a precision race measuring instrument. Quite apart from the possibility that you may not have run the racing line, a garmin is likely to give you at least a 1% error, or 0.13 of a mile. The error can be amplified by things like a twisty course satellite locations on the day.
A garmin reading long is actually an indication that a course is accurate, if it had measured exactly 13.1 miles i would have suspected a short course.
Think things through before you moan on forums! Date of review: October 20, 2011
In short: Ruined by idiot organisers who didn't bother getting the distance right In full: Potential to be a very fast course but the race was ruined by the organisers who couldn't get he distance right. They then came up with a pathetic excuse about scaffolding. Date of review: October 19, 2010
In short: Pleasantly located, well organised and good value undulating trail run In full: Very nice location in Sherwood forest. The course is up and down but has no major hills and is all on stoney trails. Expect to be at least 1.5-2 minutes slower than on a 10k road race. Faultless organisation. Highly recommended, a nice change from road races. Date of review: July 19, 2010
In short: Pretty good pretty quick 10 Miler In full: Quite a fast course, usual lack of toilets causing long queues. Usual pointless medal and a bit expensive. Not bad though I'd do it again. Date of review: April 3, 2010
In short: Enjoyable race let down slightly by shoddy organisation. In full: Good fast course with some slight undulations. Organisation could have been better. They decided to make several 1000 people squeeze through a narrow opening into quite a small baggage tent. No suitable area for gathering out of the rain pre race either. The start was a mass of confusion with people squeezed into a very narrow start and slow runners entering the start from the front. The markers for estimated time were way off with 1:10 way back. I asked one of the organisers where the front was and he told me "back there", well after going in the direction he pointed I discovered it was exactly where he was standing!
Once the race was underway though all was forgotten and I had a great run and a big PB.
No "goody" bag just a useless metal round thing. I suppose some people must like these "medals" but I would have preferred a recovery drink or something myself! Date of review: February 21, 2010
In short: Fun well organised trail race In full: Did this last year and no complaints again. Well organised with plenty of marshals. Undulating course with plenty of mud and puddles this year. Date of review: December 10, 2009
In short: Well organised but over priced chip timed 10k with traffic hazards. One not too challenging hill that is enough to make it a non PB course In full: The Good: No problems with the organisation Chip timed Accurately measured Funny PA man who talked non stop
The Bad: Is not traffic free and the run is along busy roads which can slow you down and be dangerous Expensive for the kind of race it is No "goodies" just a drink and usual pointless medal
Who was the old guy in the tennis shoes who decided to start right at the front blocking me and then start plodding along at just above walking pace?? Date of review: March 22, 2009
In short: Terrible race nearly everything they could get wrong they did In full: I entered this because they claimed it was flat and a "100%" accurate course. I was very disappointed. - Had to wait in a queue of cars for half an hour at the start to park - 2 toilets for 300-400 people - No km markers - Course was VERY inaccurate, around 600m. I think they changed the course at the last minute due to rowers taking priority or something and got the distance wrong, completely unacceptable when we have paid £15 for a 10km race! - Runners had to double back and face other runners on a narrow path at a few points.
I RECOMMEND AVOIDING F3 EVENTS RACES AT ALL COSTS! Date of review: February 15, 2009