In short: Well organised flat race good for racing! In full: A great race with a good spread of athletes taking part. The course is great if you can avoid some of the snottier dog walkers, but the marshals do a great job keeping everyone on the right track. Great for first time races as it's a proper race but not one you'll be left behind as the winners speed off. The price is right for a race in a Royal Park, with snacks, medal and chip timing. Date of review: December 7, 2015
In short: Fantastic event! In full: This was a tough but great event... good value, nice people, absolutely fantastic marshals who made it so much better in tough conditions.... and a great atmosphere both at the start and finish with no big egos like you get at some events. Well worth the 48mile travel, and I would gladly do this event again rather than some much closer ones. Well done to all involved in the organisation and marshalling of this event, you should be proud of yourselves! Date of review: December 7, 2015
In short: Tough but worth it In full: Really enjoyed it (even the hills) Only things I think could be improved are getting a medal and put a speaker near the start line. We couldnt hear any kind of countdown at the start until the air horn sounded to go Date of review: December 7, 2015
In short: Brilliant course, great race. In full: The race was well organised, everyone was really friendly and it didn't matter if you were a fast runner or beginner. The course was great and being two laps made it easier second time around to pick up the pace a bit. Off road shoes were a must through the wooded section, it was muddy but great fun. We will definitely be entering the upcoming races! Well don to Relish the Great Outdoors. Date of review: December 7, 2015
In short: good x country race In full: never done this event before well worth doing a few hills a cycle path very good varied route a big thank you to all the marshalls for being out there in the rain this morning .and a great china cup witha mars bar what more could you want for under £10 Date of review: December 7, 2015
In short: Friendly, fun, tough race In full: Love the Stockport 10. 2nd half race is tough with some hills and off road sections. Definitely recommend this if you want a challenging but friendly early winter race. Date of review: December 7, 2015
In short: Seaside views, t-shirt, medal, cake - loved it! In full: £16 - £20, run along the seafront there and back, lovely marshals, medal, t-shirt, free cake, chip timed, mostly flat. did i mention the free cake? No escaping the wind if its blowy, but the salty sea air will be doing you the world if good. Date of review: December 7, 2015
In short: guaranteed to be windy but an entertaining event In full: This was my first time at this event and it's certainly not like any others. The battle into the wind certainly made me question my choice of fancy dress, I might go for something a little more streamlined next time. It's a good fun event with little likelihood of a pb depending on your choice of fancy dress and the weather on the day. Nice T shirt and mince pies for after. Good organisation and plenty of loos. Date of review: December 6, 2015
In short: I expected more for my money. In full: This was a trail race, not a road race. A great run, but not as advertised. The bag drop, if you can call it a bag drop was not supervised. Even the chip timing was not as advertised. The medal was identical to the one I received for a much cheaper race the previous week.
Despite these setbacks, I did enjoy the race and it was certainly friendly. I would probably run it again next year if it doesn't clash with another local race. Date of review: December 6, 2015
In short: Wet, hilly and excellent in every way. In full: Tom Potson. What a legend! I was laughing so much at his event commentary - it even made queuing for the portaloos funny. The weather was pretty awful but despite this the marshalls were amazing, so encouraging and positive even though they had to stand around on a cold and wet morning. Thank you all, they really helped me get round. Brilliant organisation at the magnificent Woodbank stadium as always. Lots of ups (big ups!) and downs meant course flashed past with good mix of road and trail. Great atmosphere and great event, thank you to everyone involved. Date of review: December 6, 2015
In short: An ordinary 12 miles and an extraordinary 1 mile. In full: Note: the route is reversed for 2016, so will start and end in Wembley and pass through Saracen's ground (I did the opposite)
I ran this in the first year (2015). The start area organisation was good, with the organisers making use of the Saracens stadium (the concourse under the main stand was a nice warm up area, as was the pitch). The only downside was the long queue that my girfriend had to endure for the toilet (I joined 90% of men and took a more al fresco approach against the fence).
Lets face it, north London's scenary is best described as "suburban". There wasn't too much to look at for the majoity of the course, but it wasnt unpleasant either. Crowds were light but most residents made an effort to stand at the end of their drive and applaud, and there were some of the much-loved fanatics that all races should attract; perhaps the lack of awareness and colder-than-average weather put a few people off, and perhaps I'm unfairly comparing to the London Marathon.
The course is definately not flat, and a PB will be tough. The hills were enough to make it interesting without making me curse the organisers under my breath (cough*Windsor*cough). On the plus, I don't remember having too much of an issue with bottlenecks or space, and that was after starting in a slower pen than I should have (my own choice). There are also some "out and back" sections where runners could exchange encouragement with those going in the opposite direction.
For me, the two stadia, particularly Wembley, were what turned an ordinary race into one to remember. The view of Wembley as I ran down Wembley way was incredible, and then to run inside the stadium and along the length of the pitch was something I'll always remember. Finishing back inside the Saracens stadium was also great fun and it offered a nice area for friends and family to wait.
In summary, this race is effectively a 12 mile race that one could do in any UK city, with an amazing start, middle and end added on. The entry price is a bit high, but the medal and technical tee are both great quality, and when combined with the overall experience, I would say deliver real value for money. My girlfriend, who doesn't particularly like sports (incl running!), had a great time too. 2016 should be even better with a Wembley start and finish, and who knows, may even be the world's first race to have enough female toilets!
I've already re-entered for 2016!
(you may also want to take a look at the great newham run) Date of review: December 6, 2015
In short: Superb organisation and a great race In full: From my point of view, it was faultless. Loads of friendly marshalls, well sign posted, great car parking and buses, easy race pack pick up and bag drop off. A few hills in the first half but nothing too bad and the last few miles were mostly downhill which was a nice touch. I will be back.
In short: Great blast over the downs! In full: Beautifully simple event; clear route well marshalled, some good ups but all runable, some great downhills including a glorious finish. In terms of organisation everything happened as and when it should, and out on the course the mud and wind added to the fun. Thanks to all at Worthing Striders and Coombe Farm for putting this on. Date of review: December 6, 2015
In short: Excellent organisation, wonderful marshalls and fantastic cakes at the end. In full: Well done TRAC, another brilliantly organised, enjoyable event. Excellent organisation, wonderful marshalls and fantastic cakes at the end - a really nice touch and they were wonderful; real effort had gone into those. Overall, what's not to like? Maybe the "sea breeze" on the home stretch but even TRAC can't control that. Excellent event, you should all be very proud. Date of review: December 6, 2015
In short: If not too hot, agreat HM to start with In full: 9am start and cool weather with only a moderate breeze made this ideal. Course is very flat. Only criticism was the chaotic and time consuming baggage reclaim, hopefully adding a few more people to this part will quickly sort it out next year. Date of review: December 4, 2015
In short: Nice course but watch out for the hills! In full: Nice course that allows the field to spread out virtually on leaving the track after 200m. Course is flat id not downhill SAVE for 2 hills. The first at 6 miles is ok because the legs are still reasonably fresh but the second is at 11 miles is a toughie because legs are getting tired and you can't immediately see the top of it. Thankfully gently downhill to the finish including a lovely 400m back round the track. Date of review: December 4, 2015
In short: A much valued local race In full: A very local race for me incorporating many of my training routes. Have done it off and on for several years and prefer the changed route which is virtually all off road but on very good tarmac and trail surfaces. Course is undulating especially the switchback section in the Old American Adventure Park but PBs abounded from runners in my club (I managed to nick a few seconds) so it appears to be a quicker course than one might expect. Date of review: December 4, 2015