In short: Great first time at Woodhall Spa In full: Enjoyed my first visit to Woodhall Spa 10k. Camped in the town and enjoyed the are with the family and friends. Nice place to spend a weekend. The race was well marshalled with no major issues other than some traffic to contend with (some fast travelling cars in the opposite direction - idiots!).
Nice scenery and nice pothole free roads. 2 water stations at about 3km and 7klm which were needed as it was roasting by the end - far from ideal conditions - although the course is very flat and I smashed my PB by almost a minute.
Overall, a nice regional race which I would do again.
Improvements: try to control the traffic a little more, perhaps more suport (this can be forgiven - its a rural race), some kind of goodie bag with T-shirt would be nice or perhaps a protein bar to finish. Date of review: June 2, 2013
In short: Nice local course In full: This is quite a local course for me so a no brainer to attend really.
Plus points: Friendly atmosphere and decent organisation. Nice running on mostly scenic flat canal side paths and locks with some on a 'nature' reserve (probably a naturalised pit spoil or something but with surprisingly good views when you get the the top), grass playing field and paths. Fun run for the kids and plenty of space for the dog. Great marshalling. Nice flapjack at the end. Overall, a nice friendly local run.
Could do betters: Timing chip for official times, medals for the runners (there were some for the kiddies on the fun run though which my daughters really like), the start should be closer to the finish so the supporters can cheer you out and in, a few food stalls would be good for the finish and perhaps a bouncy castle or something else for the family.
Overall, a pretty good job for a local run and as I am so close, I will be returning next year. Date of review: May 19, 2013
In short: Great start to my running career - 1st 10k In full: This was my first official run so I was a little nervous about what to expect.
Overall, really enjoyed it. Good parking, well signposted, nicely organised, a nice friendly feel, lots of other runners and welcomung for my family who came to watch.
The starting was a tad late but no major hassle and they mixed up the quick and slower runners. The course is nice a flat so I hammer my PB and whilst the course is mainly residential, it finishes at the castle, which is nice - apart from the cobbles. Goody bag and medal were a bit poor though.
Overall a fantastic introduction to racing and with a top 25% finish, happy with my performance. The weather helped a lot though, which was just perfect. Date of review: April 8, 2013