In short: Mainly off-road and undulating, so don't expect a PB, but a very pleasant event, with lots of prizes and free entry to a lovely show - even if the Morris dancers were a bit delayed at the pub. Date of review: July 10, 2006
In short: Brilliantly organized, superbly friendly. In full: Reading some of these reviews, the organizers must despair. What WOULD make these whingers happy ? Champagne every half-mile and the whole of Nottinghamshire ordered out of their houses to cheer them on ? This was an exceptionally well-organized race in every way and the marshalls and helpers were outstandingly helpful and friendly. Date of review: July 7, 2006
In short: Lovely atmosphere, but every year something major goes wrong. In full: This race has a lovely atmosphere, but, despite having entered four times, I keep saying, "Never again". As a Race Organizer myself in the past, of events attracting 1,000+ competitors,I know that things occasionally go wrong. But in the Lincoln 10K something major ALWAYS goes wrong. And the organizers are local government officials, presumably PAID to get things sorted. I would never complain about unpaid race officials.
Here is what has gone wrong over the years.
In 2001, my 80-mile round trip was pointless, because the start-time was advertized wrongly and I was too late to join in. In 2003, hundreds of results were wrong: I was credited with a much better time than I actually did, and, as far as I know, the results were never corrected. In 2004, the approach roads were closed before the runners themselves could get to the parking areas, and, on a bitterly cold day, as we were assembled for the start, the race was delayed by [I think] one hour. This year, 2006, I never received my race pack and spent two days trying to get through on the phone about it. Also, I have just seen the official results. I hope they don't send me the M65 prize because I was six minutes slower than they think!! But the worst problem every year has been congestion at the start. The people who organize this race are clearly NOT runners. Whereas elite runners, local 'characters' etc are given a privileged front start, the rest of us have to try edging past first-timers who are WALKING after a mile, but don't realize they should not congregate at the front and spread themselves across the very narrow road, chatting as they stroll along. They have as much right to be there as the rest of us, and good luck to them, but the organizers totally fail to pursuade them, year-in, year-out, to start further back. These slower runners would surely be happier themselves if thousands were not barging past them. Date of review: April 2, 2006