In short: Different In full: Right time of year for a PB. Right course also if you are prepared to take the brakes off on the downhill sections. I was denied my PB though because the course measured long. At least 13.3 miles. That was the only negative, the rest was all good. Date of review: November 24, 2014
In short: Well organised, beautiful scenery, great race In full: The Nice Work team did it again - not only were the marshals smiling and encouraging the runners whilst getting absolutely drenched by the continuous rain, the race started on time, clean loo's were available and the best medal of the year (ok, with the exception of this years London Marathon). A bit tough to get a PB this time due to the muddy parts of the route but will be back for next year's races when the ground is drier. Date of review: November 24, 2014
In short: Great Challenging Event In full: Once again this was a great well organised event. Very Challenging but thouroughly enjoyable. Superb Medal and T Shirt, and as always great touch with the Beer and Carrots at the end Date of review: November 24, 2014
In short: Mud, mud, glorious mud! In full: This was my first time, so I didn't know what to expect from the course, but I was pleasantly suprised. I think I was expecting the hill to be worse than it was. The showground was a quagmire by the end, but not even the excellent organisation could help that. I only wish I could thank all of the marshalls individualy for their friendly encouragement, they were absolute stars! I can't wait to sign up for next year : ) Date of review: November 24, 2014
In short: Great Day - Thanks In full: First ever Ultra 10K (though I do have some previous Trionium experience). Excellent race. I just plodded round as have had some injuries this Autumn but worth every inch of the seventy mile drive for a well organised and friendly event with some nice thick smelly mud. Date of review: November 24, 2014
In short: wet outside, warm inside. In full: I turned up on the (very cold and wet) morning of the run and was happy to pay my bargain £12 entry fee with no fuss whatsoever. My bib number was given and they even had safety pins at the ready. Organiser was friendly and they were happy for me to run with my dog which I doubted they would allow. The course is pretty and the marshalls were good (standing in the pouring rain is not fun). Water was available on the start of each lap but they were cups rather than bottles. For £12 entry it is what I would expect. I ran a PB 43.36 aand finished 12/136 leaving me warm inside. A medal at the end as a memento topped it off. Great little event, super informal, super friendly and a great beginner race. I look forward to coming back next time. Date of review: November 24, 2014
In short: Toughest Half Ever In full: A hill like no other, very steep in places and it just never ends. Great race though and I'm sure to do it again, if only to get the carrot at the end! Date of review: November 24, 2014
In short: A great day out In full: I can't believe I haven't done this race before. A beautiful setting with great facilities at race HQ with really friendly hosts. Despite the awful weather conditions everybody was really friendly and cheerful. The course itself was challenging (particularly in the first 3 or 4 miles) and it was a shame that a small section of the route was flooded (just one of those things).
An absolute bargain at only £13 for affiliated runners. I know it wasn't chip timed but to be honest that automatically puts the entry fee up and I'd rather pay the lower price and do without.
Thank you very much to the host club (Epsom and Ewell Harriers) especially all of the fantastic marshals standing out on the course in the horrible weather. You were all superb! Date of review: November 24, 2014
In short: New race, everything went well In full: 2 fairly flat laps, only a small incline to negotiate. Well organised as ever by FCR and proceeds go to the Fire Fighters charity so well worth it. Will be back next year no doubt Date of review: November 24, 2014
In short: Cold, wet - but fun. In full: Probably the wettest day I've ever had the misfortune to race on, and pretty cold too. Within 50 metres of the start there were ankle-deep puddles across the width of the road and these only got worse as the race continued. The parts on road were wet but not too bad; the sections on narrower track-type roads became muddy and riddled with deep puddles quite early on. The marshalls were absolutely amazing - unfailingly cheery and encouraging despite being soaked to the skin themselves. The course was challenging mainly in the first half of the race, although the nasty incline at 8 miles was most unwelcome! This is the type of course I like and perform best on so even despite the weather conditions I enjoyed it. It would have been nice to have had a finishers' medal - race t-shirts were available but these had to be purchased, and are always too big for me so I didn't bother. It would also have been nice to have chip timing - I had to make sure I placed myself near the front to start so as not to waste valuable seconds getting across the line. I managed to bag myself a prize so came away feeling that the drive to the race, in fairly treacherous conditions, had been worthwhile. I would like to do this on a sunny day just to appreciate the scenery: on this occasion it was all about gritting teeth and getting round! Date of review: November 24, 2014
In short: Finding a gem in miole valley In full: What a gem of a race, very clever to glue the three hills together. It was a showcase of fantastic organisation, marshal positioning and course marking. This was a race put together by runners, for runners but by people who also care about the other users of the race route. I was soaking wet and muddy but it was glorious. On the last two miles running back along the ridge and through the vineyards of Debnbies I had a huge grin on my face. My first time doing this race and I will be back as it will be a very different race in the dry. Thank you to Nicky and Alan and all at ETL. The marshalls deserve a huge thank you for coming out on such an awful day. Date of review: November 24, 2014
In short: Wet wet wet! In full: I think this was Norwich number 6 or 7 for me and definitely the worst conditions I've ever raced in...worse even than the gales 2 years ago. But I have to thank all the organisers and especially the marshals for standing out there in that horrendous rain and giving shout outs for all the runners - brilliant!
I wasn't that taken by the change in course....the hill seemed a lot steeper, and we had more of the muddy grass to run on in the show ground at the half way point. It also meant more of the show ground before the finish. But overall this is a great race, and would be pretty fast if the conditions were better.
In short: Enjoyable hilly 10k, great effort for the Club's first time In full: The hills of Bridgnorth are challenging but I really enjoyed this race. Lots of local support and immediate official chip timing from stuweb. Free photos too! Interesting goodie bag - cabbage seeds and tomato ketchup among other treats but all good fun! My garmin said it wasn't quite 10k but may just have been me? I'll be back next year anyway :) Date of review: November 24, 2014
In short: Toughest marathon and one hell of a hill x8 In full: Incredible race, 5 in 5ers are insane and a real inspiration to be in the company of. The race organisers were friendly and welcoming and it's obvious this is a race organised by a runner for fellow runners. Everything ran like clockwork and the support at the feed station was fantastic. I imagine this race will not be open to 1 dayers like me next year as it will become so popular with the intended 5 in 5 ers. This race has been the true highlight of my year. Date of review: November 23, 2014
In short: excellent 10 miler In full: A big thank you to the organisers & all the marshalls, can't have been much fun in that relentless rain. The race was fantastic, the flooding and rain just giving it that extra twist to the usual, thank goodness for the brilliant facilities at the end, the changing rooms were a godsend given the conditions. Date of review: November 23, 2014