I entered this event the day before the run was due to take place, Saturday 1st September 2018, and had to pay an extra £5 for the privilege (£21 entry, would have been £16 if I had registered before August 31st). I wasn’t planning on running this race, hence the late entry, however my cousin has recently taken up running and she had registered for this as her first 10k, so I decided to enter alongside her (plus I hadn’t ran an event since the London Marathon!).
I arrived at West Park at around 9:15am to give me time to use the toilet, warm up and enjoy the music before the race started. I like arriving early as it gives me time to find the starting line! The 10k started at 10:15am, after the half marathon and 20k cycle event.
There were no official pacers for the event.
The course was relatively flat until around the 2.5 mile mark, where there was a steady uphill gradient which I ended up walking the latter half of.
On the whole, the course was pretty boring, but perhaps that is also due to the fact that I do a lot of my running around a similar looking area. I am also from Wolverhampton so there was nothing new to see along the route.
The roads were also not fully closed, so there were sections where I had to stop and wait for traffic to allow me to pass, which was rather annoying.
There was 1 aid station where bottled water was provided at around the half way point near a local newsagents.
There was no official on course entertainment along the route, just a local radio station at the start / finish area.
The only music provided on the course was from a local house who had the radio outside their house for us!
There was very little crowd support along the route – a few people stood to watch from their driveways or out of the window. At the finish line there was a decent sized crowd, but most of those were other runners who had finished and were getting their goodie bags or trying to meet friends.
The goodie bag consisted of Greggs Mango Pieces, Greggs Cherry and Berry Mix and a bottle of Greggs water (can you guess who provided the bags by any chance?). The Cherry and Berry Mix was actually rather tasty, I am yet to try the Mango Pieces.
T-shirt and Medal:
The medal and t-shirt design were pretty plain and uninspired.
The t-shirt was just plain white (I hate white t-shirts) and didn’t feel of the best quality.
The medal was better than I expected as the picture of the medal that they use for a cover photo on Facebook was a bit plain. This one was a bit more decorative and I liked the words around the outside: “Victory, Effort, Courage, Discipline, Respect, Honour, Pride, Passion.
I think that this is the second most expensive 10k I have entered (due to my late registration) and it was probably my least favourite event.
Would I recommend this event? Most likely not… I’d rather do 6 laps around West Park than run through Whitmore Reans / Aldersley – or at least, the route that was plotted for the 10k. At £16 it may be a decent 10k training run for someone who wants the race environment to push themselves, however I ended up running most of the route alone. If you are looking for a fun or scenic 10k, this is definitely not the race for you. In terms of a course with the potential for a personal best… well, I nearly got a personal best despite my training not being the greatest and being unprepared, however having to stop for traffic can really put a dent in your efforts.
I decided to give the event 3.5 stars as for the regular entry price of £16, you do get a technical t-shirt, medal and goodie bag.
You can view my results post here.