I thought this was really well-organised. It starts and ends at the Derby County football stadium, with the event village inside the stadium concourse, so protected from the weather. Plenty of toilets and it was easy to collect race packs and hand in baggage. The only downside was that it was impossible to hear the loudspeaker announcements unless you were stood right next to them, which meant most people missed the start of the Rememberance Sunday minutes' silence. Runners were divided into start pens based on predicted finish time.
The course is mostly along a river path and through a country park which is nice; there are short sections alongside roads though. Drinks stations at 4 and 8 miles, plenty of marshals and attendance in several spots of St John's Ambulance volunteers. There was reasonable crowd support I would say though not as much as if we'd been running in the city centre, of course.
The first and last two miles were essentially the same but in reverse, and I enjoyed the initial and final run round the exterior of the stadium. There was a rock choir singing us in but I think they went on break when I got there!
Back in the concourse, volunteers have out the goodie bag a bit at a time, which was a little odd as you had to carry it all in your hands. There was water, a banana, fluorescent green technical t-shirt (unisex design only sadly, and with massive sponsor details on the back, but otherwise a nice design, decent medal with the event and date, buff with sponsor details, and a gel.
I would run this event again.
Posted on 12.11.17