In short: Great event despite the terrible weather! In full: Literally the worst weather for a race ever but i still really enjoyed myself!
Parking absolutely fine, there was a good level of shelter from the elements at the start and the post run stuff (medal, drinks, recovery food etc) was excellent. Marshalls were really great despite the wind and the rain and all it all the organisation was excellent.
The course isnt as flat as the website makes out. There are certainly a few challenging hills from 5k to as far as 9k but all in all a good opportunity for a useful time with a fast first 5k.
The distance markers were a little optimistic i think, especially in the first 5k! The distances seemed to be more accurate in the last 5k though.
Had a great day despite the weather and will be looking to return next year! Recommended for all. Date of review: January 27, 2014
In short: Milton Keynes- Enjoyable run in a good location In full: Great little race this. Well organised and enjoyable pre race with active warmup and music and a lot of fancy dress/awful facial hair (mine included). Collected number and chip easy enough and was given a Movember head band before the race began.
There was a little bit of a delay to the start and as a result the 10K that i ran in didnt get off until about 1020 or so which was a slight downer considering the chilly weather. Great marshalling and support and the route is undulating in places but the last 1k is down again. Willen Lake is where our parkrun takes place and it really is a lovely part of MK. The last 1K starts a top Campbell Parks highest point which gives great views.
I absolutely obliterated my 10K PB by about 7 minutes but i havent run one in about 6 months and ive been doing a lot of training over the summer in that time. So i would say it isnt as easy as that makes out but certainly an opportunity for a PB.
At the end you get a nice little medal and there are free refreshments from Lucozade (other drink makers are available in shops haha) and a blanket.
My advice to Movember for next year would be:
1) The water point needs to be slightly longer and not at a corner. It got a bit congested. 2) Specified timing markers at the start. Im aware the 5K is provided as the fun run but it would be good to acknowledge that there will be some fun runners with us keeno's in the 10K by having estimated finish time markers in the queue at the start. This would avoid some people who were walking the whole route clogging the first 1K.
Those are the only 2 issues that i identified and they really are only minor and as such didnt ruin my experience. I would assume some people may mention the price on here and at £22 there are certainly cheaper 10k's out there. However given the well run day, the medal and the fect that the extra goes to such a great cause i am more than happy to pay that and i will certainly do so again next year.
Top morning out. Date of review: November 25, 2013
In short: First race for me, wont be my last! In full: As the tag line says, this was my first ever actual race. A great event, well run and organised by the great stewards. Very beginner friendly, people readily available and very happy to help. The run itself is quite hilly so won't necessarily be a PB every time. But the route is very scenic through the countryside and very few cars are around. Will definitely be back next year! Date of review: April 14, 2013