In short: Scenic, friendly and superb value In full: A very nice marathon. The course is described as 'mildly undulating' which is true overall: the first half undulates the second half is almost all flat. Some very nice views of the coast, though on a windy day I can imagine it would be a lot tougher to run. A friendly atmosphere with very good marshals (both encouraging and good at pointing out the course before you actually reach them). Possibly one of the best value races I've done (outside of Parkrun of course!), a marathon for £20 is pretty rare in itself, but add in a decent goody bag, nice medal, reasonable facilities and a very nice tech finishers shirt as well and it's very impressive. Two suggestions I'd make would be more course signage just in case a marshal were called away from a turn briefly, and it would be nice to have showers available (the race would still be good value even if £5 were added to cover this, though those without a long drive home might not agree of course!). Overall I wouldn't pick it as a PB course, but as an enjoyable race it's well worthwhile :) Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Flat 10K with some minor course changes for 2014 In full: A slight change to the course route in 2014, meant the race starts and finishes at the same point on the sea front. Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Lumpy, Bumpy and great fun In full: This is one of the nicest races to do. Great fun and camaraderie with the runners, fantastic support and the usual Dr Rob sprinkling of magic. A great local race and one of my favourites. Many thanks to Rob and his band of merry marshals. Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Fast, flat, excellently organised Half In full: Very flat two lapper through some nice countryside/town. First half mile was a bit congested through the town centre but fine after that. Road closures were very impressive and made for a great race. Plenty of water stops (every 3 miles - ish). High level of spectator turnout even in the rural bits probably helped by the 2 lap configuration. Definite PB potential - I know I did! Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Well organised race In full: Baggage and check in ran like clockwork. Queues for toilets was acceptable. Runners not starting in the correct pen is an issue especially for the first mile where you are weaving in and out on narrow paths. However after mile 1 you can get into a nice running speed. The final mile caused havoc with my garmin as there is a subway and high ties buildings caused a major discrepancy between chip time and garmin. Overall a good race. Date of review: September 7, 2014
In short: Excellent race! In full: Thoroughly enjoyed it! Brilliantly organised. Fab acrobatic display by planes at the start was a nice bonus. Flat, scenic course. Huge PB potential! Date of review: September 7, 2014
In full: This is the first time we have run this race and other than a minor delay to the start due to roads still being closed it was a really enjoyable and very well organised run.
It starts on the promenade and then heads out onto the road and through the residential areas before a grassy section near the seafront - any potholes are sprayed pink - a very short section on the shingle brings you back onto the road with the final half mile or so coming back on the promenade.
It was really well marshalled, 3 or 4 water stops which were cups being handed out so it was difficult to drink properly, so advisable to take your own drink if you need to hydrate throughout a 10k.
Considering the price of the entry fee the goodie bag was excellent, it included a Gatorade drink, Cliff Bar and a free drink at the local cafe - plus a basic medal - other races should take note that it not difficult to give runners a simple but worthy goodie bag.
All in all, we had a really enjoyable morning, the weather was good to us and we'd happily do it again next year.
In short: Well organised. Very friendly with lots of families enjoying the day. A nice warm-up prior to the cross country season. In full: Really nice trail race in excellent location. Reasonably testing course. Used this race a few times to see where I am prior to cross-country season. Very well organised as usual with Dr. Rob to the fore and providing the usual entertainment. Great to see so many families out for the day. Would recommend this run to anyone who wants to get a feel for trail running and get off the road. Date of review: September 7, 2014
In short: great race, big pb potential and well organised In full: Super impressed. Hardly any queuing for bags, number pick up, toilets etc. V friendly. V fast course only some congestion on mile one but great other than that. Highly recommended and nice to run through cookham. Date of review: September 7, 2014