In short: I'll Be Back! In full: What a weekend.Value, food, goody bags, the race itself was blimmin' tough and the Barn Dance sorted out the lions from the lambs. I even got to doe-si-do with the Running Bishop! Seriously though, this will soon become an early sell-out race, Get IN!
In short: Brilliant 10k in aid of Nightingale House Hospice. In full: Great to see so many locals out supporting in it's first year! Hopefully this race will be an annual one and go from strength to strength. Great having a sports track finish too. Date of review: July 3, 2014
In full: A fabulous race well organised and set up by runner's for runner's. The local's get on board and open up there village both before duing and after with a post race barn dance and bar. The ladies from the local WI provide the food, the local farmer's provide the support and the odd naked farmer waving hello and cakes, gel's and cider at the love station at 20 miles as well as vodka at 8 miles. This is a race that's special for all the right reason's and is going to grow into a must do race of anyone's bucket list. If your a newbie or not used to trail or hilly running it's going to be tough going but well worth it. Date of review: July 3, 2014
In short: Great place to start, nice finish line, shame about the roadworks... In full: Having a race running through/passed two of the streets I lived in as a child, and starting off from the park I used to play in, the Concorde 5M was one of those "must do" races. Small field, seemed like a lot of club members, but very friendly to join in with. Loved watching the fun run before the start, and loved the enthusiasm of all the volunteers. Unfortunate that roadworks appeared overnight, but very well dealt with. Great little race, would happily come back next year! Oh, and a PB helped... Date of review: July 3, 2014
In short: Flat, scenic, fast route. Organisation needs improving next time In full: Overall ok. Route picturesque, flat, fast and traffic free. Good PB potential. Plenty of parking - though could get messy if wet as in a field. Goody bag relatively uninspiring. Toilets - poor poor poor. No excuse for delaying races due to lack of provision. Warmed up ready for 10am start and then had to do it all again for the delay. Date of review: July 3, 2014
In short: Excellent race on a lovely course In full: This a great mid week race along a lovely river course with a friendly atmosphere. Marshals are everywhere so you can't get lost! Will be back next year. Date of review: July 3, 2014
In short: Excellent low-key event. In full: Excellent low key, friendly race, suitable for beginners. Reasonably flat, but it does have a few twists and turns, so probably not PB potential. It's mainly on paths and forest trails. Flowers at the end. There were also a lot of spot prizes! Support from the marshals was great! Date of review: July 2, 2014
In short: Overly commercial at the runners expense In full: This was my fifth long distance race and I have enjoyed them all up until this one. I think that London runs are a great idea and there should definitely be more of them, but please could the organisers learn from Hackney's mistakes:
1) On one of the hottest days, they ran out of water for everyone running over 2.15hrs, lots of people became unwell because of this, also saw people pleading with local shop owners and going through discarded bottles.
2) Not enough water stations. My first issue would not have been so bad had the organisers not also cut right down on distribution points.
3) On site organisation. It felt as though the race village was planned out to stall large groups of people, rather than improve efficiency.
4) Zero shade for runners, before, during and most importantly after the race. The venue needed a facility to buy suncream and hats if they didn't want to spend extra on this.
5) I enjoyed the scenery in the first few miles and perhaps it was structured this way so that crowds could see happy, determined faces. But towards the end runners were crammed into a demoralising concrete scrum away from all of the crowds and the excitement of the residents.
6) If you are going to promote a race mainly on account of its greenery and space, at least some major part of the run needs to actually be though a park etc.
Overall I felt that the race would have been much more enjoyable if the organisers had spend less on promotional work and more on the runner experience. Date of review: July 2, 2014
In short: My new favourite race In full: Individual, quirky, welcoming and generous - that's just the set-up. The race itself is tough but runnable, scenery stunning, organisation great, love the shirt and pint glass. Good to see half the village involved as this adds to the atmosphere.Take advantage of the camping, food, bar and showers to make a weekend out of it or you'll feel you are missing out. Date of review: July 2, 2014
In short: Lovely race, lovely chips In full: My first time doing this one, and not disappointed (until the next day!). Very well organised, nice route (hillier than you'd think, but not overly so), cheerful marshalls, nice t-shirt and medal (looked a bit like a chocolate one wrapped in gold foil this year). The only issue, of course, was the failure of the chip timing system; not the organisers' fault but a big disappointment. It's part of what you pay for and gun times are of no interest to most runners (and of course Run Britain will have evaluated performances in this race on the basis of times that could be up to 3 minutes off (mine was 1:31 too much)). I hope the organisers get back whatever they paid the timing people!). Overall though a lovely day out, and had some fabulous chips afterwards (the potato variety!). Date of review: July 2, 2014
In short: Brilliantly organised race. Very brutasl choice for my fgirst marathon but really enjoyed it. The marshals and everyone working at the aid stations were so supportive. Will definitely be back next year! Date of review: July 2, 2014
In short: Fabulous first ultra-experience. In full: What a day. The entire NoMad team kept you well informed in advance of the big day with regular emails through SI Events and there was plenty of information on the website too. Lots of snapshots of the route and downloadable maps. This was my first ultra and I couldn't have wished for a better experience. Yeah I got a bit lost, but this was all new territory for me and to be expected. The checkpoints were well stocked with water, isotonic drinks, sweets and savouries like marmite sandwhiches. Indeed at a particularly tricky section through a housing estate there were marshals out on push bikes to guide you through. The route itself involved crossing a lot of fields that we're challenging underfoot, I felt the threat of a twisted ankle but escaped unharmed! The camaraderie during the race was superb. Although I haven't another ultra marathon experience to compare this to, I feel it leaves any future races with a lot to live up to. Date of review: July 1, 2014
In short: Beautiful scenery, great value, hard work! In full: A lovely run, which was helped by the lovely sunny day, not too hot, but very scenic at the top of the hill, with the parasailers taking off around us at the top. Very encouraging marshals including the young man handing out the drinks at the water station. I'm not a lover of hills and entered on the day, I found it hard but would do it again Date of review: July 1, 2014