Shrewton Bustard 10k 2019 feedback

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Stewart: “On behalf of Chippenham Harriers just wanted to say what a brilliant event you put on this morning. Everything from parking, collection of numbers, bag drop was effortless & organised, the course was testing which is a good thing & every Marshall was friendly & supportive around the course. Great job onthe results & most important brilliant choice of cake so Shrewton running club take a bow you deserve it “

Tim: “To all involved in the inaugural Shrewton Bustard 10K – that was brilliant. The volunteers were fabulous (all of them!), and the organisationand atmosphere were first rate

David: “It was a brilliant race. Thank you for all the hard work organisingit all. The marshals were great – often calling out my name (even though itwasn’t on my shirt!) and the photos are excellent. Well done. Hope you doit again next year”

Chrissie: “What a fabulous event this was! Great organising, fab unique start, great route yes even that hill!! Such a great atmosphere, lovely medal and such great marshals. Will definitely be back!!”

Alison: “Fantastic race today, so well organised and marshalled. You had everything else perfect good course, good Marshall’s, good music/dj and awesome medal”

Sian: Really great race, fab organisation, yummy cakes and I’m made upwith my prizes too. Thank you for a super morning.”

From Sarah Thank you so much for the effort and planning you all put into this. I had a great time, but I have to admit the hills, heat, bright sunshine and the fact my running buddy was injured so I was “on my own” made this, for me, a super hard race. I use the word “race” very lightly – having lost over 10 stone, my only goal is to finish each half marathon and 10 K I do, and doing so in 1 hr 11 and some seconds was, to me, a great achievement! Everyone WAS SO FRIENDLY and I loved the fact that marshalls had lists of names so could use our names to encourage us; so many people at the end were saying how special this made the support! The goody bags with green and white striped sweetie bags was a lovely touch and the cakes at the end – OMG that carrot cake was out of this world! There have been some lovely photos that you guys have shared and I think they really capture the feel of the day. I understand that this is the first time you have run this event and I think the whole set up was slick, supportive and superbly organised. The cannon at the start was great – made a change from the usual airhorn – I couldn’t believe how loud it was and it certainly got us all laughing! I hope to be back next year – perhaps I will be UNDER 1 hr 10!! Thank you to all.

Jo (from the Run Happy Dorset newsletter):- “Sunday 19th May saw us just north of Salisbury driving past Stonehenge with the morning sun breaking through the cloud as we headed for Salisbury Plain for the Shrewton Bustard 10K; a new race for 2019 organised by the recently established Shrewton Running Club. 

So, how well can a new club organise a new race? 

The course was a 5k ish gradual incline followed by the 15% gradient “Cheeky Hill”. Ah well, what goes up ought to come down. Definitely not a PB course, and not only because Salisbury Plain isn’t as flat as you might think. It’s was so easy to get lost in the stunning scenery and let the mind wander. 

Although not a completely closed road route, not a single car was seen. A few tanks parked up, yes, a few horses, yes, but no moving vehicles. 

As a race/run it had pretty much everything. 

  • no dramas about parking, toilets or bag drops 
  • party atmosphere at the start and finish 
  • plenty of friendly marshals cheerfully supporting runners by swiftly looking up race numbers to personalise their rallying chants. What a thoughtful touch 
  • locals and farmers at their gates to support, some on horseback! 
  • circular course with beautiful scenery, with and without tanks! 
  • challenging but not impossible course
  • good distance marker signs plus cheery/funny signs 
  • chip timing with a cool results printing system plus full results posted very quickly 
  • perfectly placed water station / jelly baby station 
  • great goody bag, super bling and homemade cake 
  • free quality downloadable photos 

Just to top it off, how may village races start by cannon fire?!! That was a new one for me and certainly woke everyone up. 

Being in the Wiltshire Road Race League there were lots of club runners and some tasty times but this was a race for runners of all abilities who despite the challenging course seemed to have a brilliant sunny morning. Well done Shrewton Running Club, you were amazing.”