Race name – Marston Forest 5k
Distance – 5k
Runner – Carrie Tyas
Approx # Competitors – 356
Price – £9.60 (affiliated with booking fee)
What you have show for it – Great medal and a belly full of burger and beer (extra)
Course Description – A fast, scenic course, traffic free and almost completely flat. The course is not measured officially due to the terrain. Technically, the course is classed as multi-terrain; however, this is a bit misleading. The course uses a private driveway and footpaths. Also, with a total height variation of just 8m over the entire distance the Marston Forest 5K offers genuine PB potential.
Reality of Course Description – Exactly what is says. Watch hit the 5k which is great as recent runs have come up slightly short.
Water and Fuel Stations – No water stations on route but local Scouts handing out water on finishing.
Time of year – June
Why I chose this race – Local event organised by a neighbouring running club.
Organisation – Very well organised. Collection of race pack was on arrival so no need to collect before hand. Well marked and marshalled.
Feedback Summary – it was touch and go if I would make it before the gates closed for cars, as is always the case if you want to leave work on time you never can. I made it with 15 minutes to spare so just enough time to collect my pack and jump in a team photo.
This course really does have great PB potential but as it was a really hot evening and I was nervous about a 10k coming up a few days later I just took it steady. The route has very little incline and the surface is slightly gravelly, there are some really lovely sections where you run through a tree lined path and best of all not a single bug in sight. The track is a comfortable width which easily accommodated all the runners without feeling like you were having to weave in and out of the others taking part. The support on route was first class for such a small event, there was a great turn out of spectators who cheered us on along side the marshals.
Free massages available at the end and burgers and beers for sale back at the Lodge – the perfect start to a weekend!
Will I be back – Yes, well organised, friendly run.
Tips for next time – Wear shorts – it was hot hot hot! Arrive earlier to park closer to the Lodge.
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