In short: Brilliant community atmosphere and a smooth race In full: The whole morning was brilliant and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The race was well marshalled and the road crossings all seemed fine. The water at the end and the grub in the goody bags was much appreciated.
A couple of minor points. The school loos couldn't really handle the volume nor were they signposted as well as perhaps they might have been. The race was an early sellout but it wasn't obvious on the front page of the website, which led to people turning up and moaning. Nothing to detract from the day though and I would certainly do it again. Date of review: October 23, 2014
In short: Great race - excellent marshalls, good pb potential, good support In full: Running through the suburbs of Peterborough is never going to compete with the worlds best for scenery but for a well organised, well marshalled race with great pb potential this race is brilliant. The locals sit outside their houses and cheer you on, and there are enough runners to always have people around, without so many that it is impossible to run. Only minor criticisms - the start was a bit disorganised this year, toilet queues were horrendous, they didnt give us free parking (as in previous years), the car parks filled up very quickly, so despite having paid in advance I couldnt get in and the road surface at mile 7ish was horrible. Date of review: October 23, 2014
In short: Very good organisation, fab scenery, nice goodies, challenging course In full: I did this event previously when it was just 9 miles. On each occasion the event proved to be challenging in places, yet very rewarding. This was complimented by the very friendly marshalls/helpers, the very good organisation, the facilities before & after the event (special mention for the very fine port-a-loos) and the very reasonable entry fees.
I highly recommend this event to anyone, regardless of ability as it caters for all. And, being entirely off-road, no vehicles to impede your flow and enjoyment through the lovely scenery. Mark it in your calendars!
Only one minor issue, as a helpful suggestion: perhaps the announcer(s) at the beginning of the race can be issued with a PA system of some sort and a step-ladder so that the announcements (some of which are very important) can be heard by the majority rather then just a few people on the start line.
Thanks to all involved for a wonderful event. I hope to returnn. Date of review: October 23, 2014
In short: Ok first attempt and room for improvement In full: The route when published was always going to be teh big thing on this race - you woudl either love the twisty turns fitting 26.2 into a relatively small area with minimal road closures or you would hate it. This was accelerated by last minute route changes caused by the weather.
The organisation leading up to the event was adequate and on the morning the "race village" had a good buzz. The warm up/DJ etc did over run leading to a 15 minute late start - not teh worst late start in the world but if it had been wet it would have been much worst - but in the relatively warm conditions just about acceptable but better to iron out problems.
A course that was largely run on footpaths, a few small road sections and a mile or so of grass. Two loops meant that you got to see people quite often (which I like) although the out and back loops in the park were quite tough especially the second time.
Marshals were great as were aid stations. Certainly got that right.
Late changes to route meant a small 3 mile third lap. Unfortunately you ran right past the finish with 3 laps to go and some accidentally or deliberately would have ended up with a short race - certainly soemthing to look at in year 2.
Nice medal, T shirt and a goody bag. All in all a good first attempt, good value and with some tweaks could be an interesting flat (ish) off road marathon for the future. Date of review: October 22, 2014
In short: Well marshalled, very helpful & friendly organisers In full: Flat & very scenic course with quite a lots of 90 degree turns making it a good test of the legs. very good facilities. Date of review: October 22, 2014
In short: ok race, shame about the 'rewards' In full: The race is fine at this event - well-organised, decent route etc. My gripe is that (1) the goody bag is pretty thin, and (2) the t-shirts are just awful. I'm female and got the cheapest, nastiest, worst-fitting men's t-shirt that I have ever worn. Anywhere. Tacky markets included. It's "small" but the armholes are almost down to my waist (I'm 5'5"). My Bristol 10k last year was as bad. I resent paying a race fee that includes a finisher's t-shirt only to get something that fits so badly it is too uncomfortable even to wear in bed. Bristol - sort this. It really lets the race down. Date of review: October 22, 2014
In short: One of the best races around! In full: This was my second Stinger, so I knew what to expect. Excellent organisation, first class marshals and a worthwhile goodybag. Add in the scenery in this beautiful part of Hampshire, hills and plenty of mud, and you have, in my opinion, one of the best multi-terrain races in the south. Date of review: October 21, 2014
In short: What a con - avoid In full: Rubbish. This is what it sounds like - a novelty race. Despite the steep entry price (£25 - although I got a reduced Groupon entry), there was NO WATER at all available at the end, only Gatorade - which you don't need after a 5k, and many people don't want anyway. There's a generic medal (no date), and that's it in terms of souvenirs. Organisation was terrible, atmosphere was dead.
The idea is nice - you run around the Bath racecourse in the dark, with glow sticks, head torches etc, and run through lit up tunnels pumping music etc at you, and there are lights around the course. In reality - this didn't happen. There were two tunnels to run through (about 20m long each), which had a portable CD player in, a few glow sticks, and marshalls taking selfies of themselves on their phones.
There were very few marshalls, and not in the right places - eg corners, meaning you're not always sure where to go. There were very slippery plastic sheets put down in some places, where were frankly dangerous to run on in the wet.
The organisation was terrible, the experience was dire, and the lack of water was appalling. Avoid like the plague. Date of review: October 21, 2014
In short: a race of two halves In full: third time at this race and as its my home race will prob always run it regardless of whether organizers listen to feedback.very hilly course in second half with constant inclines and big drops from the uni area so mile 8ish.new event organisers (GO2)took over last year from ironbridge runners and changed the month of the race and race course which has positives and negatives to it.unfortunately this year they moved the race date a week back which meant an impact on the other 2 good local half marathon/marathon races in the area (dartmoor vale and eden project)which i thought was unfair.i was critical of the increased price of entry last year and although the medal was a great improvement on last years disaster (of runners outside a shop on the high street?!) the goody bags still had no tshirt (cotton or tech)which would have helped to justify a race priced over £30.for some reason despite it only being a a few feet away from the high street but obscured by shops on the high street the race still doesnt take in a quick view of the cathedral or the beautiful quayside area which is a nice flat area and would have been a great spot for supporters to follow the race but instead a dull out and back route thru stoke woods after running thru cowley.this year the route was altered to add an additional hill (up blackboy road) which after already running up the uni and have another three big hills to go is unneccesary and soul destroying as you are in touching distance of the finish line before having to run up blackboy road and out and back.never touch the stuff but the organic energy drinks were getting bad press and causing stomach aches.lovely part of the world and always well supported and has had an increase in finishers each year iv run it which is great for the area.plenty of improvements before this race can be called great.come on guys sort it out this is the race i wanna do every year till my legs pack up! Date of review: October 21, 2014
In short: Excellent marshalls. Some improvements needed re route and organisation. In full: Not too bad for a first time effort, but improvements needed if aiming to be a regular event. Positives: Enthusiastic & supportive marshalls. Good crowd support. Reasonably scenic route outside of Central Park. Lots of portaloos (and toilets in parks). Generous goody bag. Negatives: No designated parking (only town car parks). Very late start (while lots of 'dancers' did a warm-up). Route far too complicated through Central Park with lots of out and backs on crowded paths. No timimg mats at furthest part of each loop. I've heard that a number of runners cheated by missing out the last small lap (there was no way the organisers could check this). I only found out about this lap when I saw a sign '3rd lap only' when I was running the 1st lap. The race was advertised as 2 laps so some runners might have just thought it was over at the end of the 2nd lap. 1000 runners must be the absolute maximum - the facilities could not cope with more. Organisers might want to consider a college/school as HQ. They were very lucky with the weather - a bit more rain and the park would have resembled Glastonbury. Date of review: October 21, 2014
In short: Given elevation profile, surprisingly challenging In full: It was not my day & I struggled a bit but that was probably due to the warm weather. The support in the parks in Chelmsford was great, as was that in the lovely village of Writtle. Hylands Park is very beautiful at this time of year. The marshalls & other volunteers were excellent. The extra loop of the central parks was soul-destroying but this last minute route change was due to the very wet weather leading up to the race. It was a very good first attempt at organising a marathon with just a few niggly issues that need to be sorted out in future years. I may be back at some point in the future but there are so many other autumn marathons that I'd like to do. I hope the Js Hospice raised a lot of money from the event. Date of review: October 21, 2014
In short: One of the most enjoyable race experiences I've ever had. In full: What can you say about the Spitfire Scramble? Firstly what an experience, I had no idea what to expect but it was brilliant.
We ran as a team of 5 and everyone commented on how they'd enjoyed the experience. It worked out under £50 a head, which for 2 days of running with camping is not much (in running event terms) these days.
The course was great countryside, with a contrast of great views over the city. The course was packed dirt, grass and through farmers fields. It's never PB potential as there are some good short sharp hills in it, a bit of (very brief and easy) climbing over or under the odd fence or railing. However this event is not really about PB's.
The atmosphere was great and very friendly, you could have been a beginner or elite and it would have made no odds. I covered 40 miles over the weekend, which made for good marathon training, but there is no limit to the laps you could do, you just need to agree with your team. Everyone was there for the experience. There was a nice buzz around base camp, which was set ip nicely for eating and interacting and the live scoring was a great touch. I enjoyed the food I did have and thought it was reasonably priced, although I mainly took my own. However one of our squadron members was not as forgiving, as was relying on the food, especially when there was no coffee at a relatively early stage.
The course was well marshalled (thanks again) over all 24 hours, and despite thinking I might get lost this didn't even nearly happen.
A really great event which I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys their running. Easy to get to/from and easy to park. Date of review: October 21, 2014