5k Race Reviews

Yate 5k Race Review

A race at the birthplace of JK Rowling which totals an odd distance of 5.6k starting at one of the local primary schools. The course is over public paths and country lanes and is open to the public for the duration.

About the race
When: –
24 June 2017 @ 11.00am

Where: – St Mary’s School, Church Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5BG

Cost: – £7.00

Organisers website: – www.stmarysrun.co.uk

Yate was developed from a village into a town from the 1960s and is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name was derived from an old English word ‘giete’ meaning a gateway into a forest area. Right next to Race HQ, St Mary’s Church, dates from Norman times.

Race Aces
Nice country routes in places

A great race if you’re on a budget but still want a medal and a race atmosphere

Lots of goodies including sweets, medal and an air freshener

Race Unlaces
Strange distance! 5.6k isn’t a race distance that I can compare to any of my 5k race times

While the route is fairly scenic in parts, it’s an out and back course so there’s not many spectators around

It’s open to the public which means there’s plenty of opportunities for pedestrians to interrupt your running flow and it’s narrow in places where there are footpaths so you may get stuck behind some slower runners at times

My Race Stats:
Time: 34:16 | Mile splits: 10:09, 9:24, 10:17, 4:15
Position: 100/165

Total runners: 165 | Fastest Male: 19:38 | Fastest Female: 27:01 | Slowest: 51:55

Distances from Major Cities
London: 2hr 18min ~ 110 miles | Birmingham:  1hr 39min ~ 90 miles | Bristol: 32min ~ 12 miles | Cardiff: 1hr 2min ~ 45 miles | Exeter: 1hr 42min ~ 90 miles

Next event: 8 June 2019

Overall star rating:


Conclusion
It’s obviously a cheaper race and you definitely get what you pay for but that doesn’t make it a bad race. It’s not chip timed but timed manually and race HQ was a bit underwhelming crossing the finish line due to the nature of the smaller number of runners.

The route was not too bad but you can find yourself stuck behind slower runners especially at the beginning due to narrow footpaths. This is probably the smallest race I’ve ever done, and for someone that wants to get into racing but may be a bit nervous, this is a brilliant introduction to races. It was a well organised event and there was a lot of encouraging local spirit with local businesses supporting the race.

Would I run it again? I probably would but I am a bit more partial to the bigger races.

Please note that the above opinions on the race are my own and based upon my own running skill level (I would consider myself to be an average runner) and while I’ve made every effort to ensure anything contained within this post is accurate, please check the race organiser’s website for full information.

If there’s any more information about the race that you’d like to add or ask, please leave a comment below

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5k Race Reviews

Two Tunnels 5k Race Review (2017)

The whole route is on a fast tarmacked surface with gentle gradients and heads uphill towards 408m long Devonshire Tunnel and emerges into the wooded Lyncombe Vale.

The Two Tunnels races go through this disused railway line which The Somerset and Dorset Railway closed in 1966 and until 2013 the tunnels have been sealed and inaccessible. The Two Tunnels project was part of the Sustrans Connect 2 National Lottery funded project.

About the race
When: – 
Sunday 14 May 2017

Where: – Brickfields Open Space (BA2 1LX) in the City of Bath. Parking at the Odd Down Park and Ride (BA2 8PA) and catch the Two Tunnels bus to the race site (£2.50 return).

Cost: – £15.50

Organisers website: – www.relishrunningraces.com

Race Aces
The bus shuttle service that is provided is brilliant and takes you to just around the corner from the race HQ. This means there aren’t tons of cars driving around this residential area.

The route was enjoyable and unique thanks to the opening of the tunnels.

A lovely flat course route which is great for beginners and yet it offers more than just a ‘road’ race as it’s mostly through woodland areas.

The medal is pretty cool and it’s part of a set from the relish races which fit together to make a triangle.

Even though this is a 5k race review, there are also 10k and half marathons running on the same day so you can choose the race length that you prefer and, if you’re in a group of people, you can all go together but run different races.

Race Unlaces
Because you are running through woodland area, my GPS was going nuts and it couldn’t give me an accurate pace time which was a bit frustrating when it says one moment you’re doing an 11:00 minute mile and the next second an 8:00 minute mile!

The race start wasn’t that clear. When we got there they were announcing the next waves by megaphone, however, they didn’t continue so I made my way down to the race around my wave start time and didn’t realise that they had started the warm up. While you may imagine that this was just my own fault, there were several people in my 5k wave who were standing around asking each other whether this was our race or not.

At the very beginning of the race there is a terrible bottleneck which means it’s single file until you come out into the clearing a little bit. So you start off running and then you have a nice little break, which isn’t ideal on a 5k race when you’re most likely running at a fast pace.

There’s not a whole lot to do at race HQ as it’s just a giant field. They did have some stalls and food vans but other than that there’s not much else. It was also pretty chilly on the day that I ran and standing around a field with no shelter isn’t ideal.

None of the races are chip timed.

My Race Stats:
Time: 29:02 | Pace: 9:21 | Mile splits: 9:37, 9:28, 8:56, 0:10
Position: 57/130 | Gender and age position: 11/37

Total runners: 130 | Fastest Male: 19:35 | Fastest Female: 24:32 | Slowest: 1:03:44

Organisers’ Social Media Information
Instagram:
 @relishrunning | Twitter: @RelishRunning @TwoTunnelsBath
Official hashtags: #RelishRunning #TwoTunnels

Distances from Major Cities
London: 2hr 36min ~ 117 miles | Birmingham:  2hr 07min ~ 109 miles | Bristol: 35min ~ 12 miles | Cardiff: 1hr 24min ~ 56 miles | Exeter: 1hr 57min ~ 76 miles

Next event: 18 February, 6 May, 8 July, 19 August 2018

Other Events by Relish Running: Bath Skyline, Mud Bath Pipley Woods, Cheddar Gorge, Killerton, Lacock

Overall star rating:

Conclusion
This was a cute little race which was, unfortunately, still open to the public. It wasn’t too crowded when I raced, however, there were lots of people walking around the route and cyclists which can be intimidating to navigate especially in the tunnels as they’re very dark once you’re running inside.

The medal is good quality and you can collect the set if you do all 4 of the races during the year here. There are different coloured ribbons depending upon the distance of race.

There wasn’t much of an atmosphere here as the race start line is away from where most people were congregating and as you are running along open pathways there’s nowhere for any spectators to stand.

I think the race was not bad for the price, the medal is good, you’re running in a unique area (which you can visit without racing obviously) and it was pretty well organised.

Would I run it again? I’d be more likely to run more of the races that Relish Running have to offer but I wouldn’t be opposed to running it again

Please note that the above opinions on the race are my own and based upon my own running skill level (I would consider myself to be an average runner) and while I’ve made every effort to ensure anything contained within this post is accurate, please check the race organiser’s website for full information.

If there’s any more information about the race that you’d like to add or ask, please leave a comment below

5k Race Reviews

Mo Run 5k Bristol (2017)

The Mo Run supports Men’s Health, Movember and related charities. I never thought I’d say this, I had a job to keep my moustache on!

About the race
When: –
11 November 2017

Where: – Ashton Court, Long Ashton, Bristol, BS41 9JN ~ Parking £2

Cost: – £16.50

Organisers website: – www.mo-running.com

Race Aces
Great atmosphere with a fancy dress competition and warm up.

The Bristol Mo Run is at the Ashton Court Estate which goes through pretty woodland areas.

Raising money for Men’s Health and Movember charities.

There’s also a 10k race held on the same day as well as Mini Ro runs for Mini runners.

Cute moustache medal and the race is chip timed.

Race Unlaces
The course begins very steep and it’s not until the halfway point that you end up on the decline.

There’s not a huge amount to do at race HQ.

My Race Stats:
Time: 38:48 | Position: 87/122 | Gender position: 44/72

Fastest Male: 21:15 | Fastest Female: 24:31 | Slowest Runner: 1:00:08

Organisers’ Social Media Information
Instagram:
 @Mo_Running | Twitter: @Mo_Running
Official hashtags: #MoRunning #MoMates

Mo Runs in Other Cities
Leeds 
3 November | Dublin 3 November | Newcastle 4 November | Edinburgh 10 November | Cardiff 10 November | Glasgow 11 November | London 11 November | Bristol 11 November | Birmingham 17 November | Liverpool 17 November | Manchester 18 November | MiltonKeynes 18 November | Southampton 18 November | Nottingham 18 November | Brighton 24 November

Overall star rating:

Conclusion
This was a great charity race and I did enjoy playing dress up as the 118 guys! The route is really tough as it starts uphill pretty much and you’ve got a long climb until you have the relief of a hill. The medal is great though in the shape of a moustache.

Would I run it again? Yes, I’d definitely sign up for 2018’s race as the medal is too cute not to!

 

Please note that the above opinions on the race are my own and based upon my own running skill level (I would consider myself to be an average runner) and while I’ve made every effort to ensure anything contained within this post is accurate, please check the race organiser’s website for full information.

If there’s any more information about the race that you’d like to add or ask, please leave a comment below