In short: Worth running In full: Good facilities, well organised. A huge thank you to the Marshals (both young and old) who stood out in the rain and wind to smile at, clap, cheer, direct and otherwise encourage the runners. Lovely lanes and scenery - and a big thank you to those drivers who DID slow down when passing runners. Love the 0900 start. A couple of little inclines but nothing to make you lose heart. Hope to be at the starting line again next year. Date of review: August 15, 2014
In short: Off to a good start! In full: This is the first time the area has had an official Half Marathon since the 80's (I think) and despite horrendous conditions and all of the teething problems you'd expect, they did a pretty good job!
The hurricane had clearly taken hold of some of the mile markers and perhaps deterred a few marshals. Directions on parts of the route were slightly unclear - but this can all easily be fixed next time around.
The start was well organised and clear, parking was plentiful and there were enough toilets based on the amount of runners.
Things got started on time and developed in to what was a beautiful run along the Essex coast, first to Clacton pier and then back along towards Frinton-on-Sea. The torrential rain clearly got to some people, for me however, this is a lovely trip out - whether rain, snow or sunshine! On the route, water stops were regular and well-stocked.
The wind is ever-present along here, so I don't think it would make for perfect PB conditions but it is reasonably flat and over a fair amount or road/tarmac.
The medal will keep silverware hunters happy and the main goody-bag contents - a banana and cookie - were just the ticket for me. I might be evicted if I add any more 'samples' to our kitchen draw!
I think the organisers and marshals should be proud of their achievement and for bringing a great event to the area. I hope they have the energy and passion to do it all again next year - I'll certainly be there.
In short: Got my Mojo Back! In full: After a year of injury and generally losing the will to live with this whole running carry on, this weekends race has restored my faith that I can actually 'enjoy' running again. Probably one of my worst 10k performances ever but the race atmosphere, organisation and route was, once again, all staged effortlessly by one of the friendliest running clubs in existence. A real 'must do' race for your calendar. Date of review: August 15, 2014
In short: 2014 review would only allow me to select 2012 In full: This is my favourite local race and I am sure if I was not a local it would still be my favourite race yes it is tough but the views and atmosphere are totally amazing read my blog here http://ianpullenrunningblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/north-downs-run-2014.html?m=1 Date of review: August 15, 2014
In short: Great fun In full: Loved this race - hard work in that wind but well worth it. The best of all was that there was a 1k for children at the beginning making this a family friendly event. Date of review: August 15, 2014
In short: Not flat, but still great! In full: Loved this! As a non club runner i felt a bit of a loner as never seen so many running club vests in one place, but it was very friendly nonetheless! It's advertised as flat, but it definitely isn't - the first three or so miles were a lovely downhill, & there were a not so lovely bunch of uphills later on, most notably a horrible long climb at 7-8 and also mile 12! Having said that, if you were on good form you could still do a pb (I didn't, haha!) Great tshirt at the end, loved the random brass band and crocodile, and an absolute STEAL at £14. No flashy stuff, just a brilliant race, as races should be! Well worth the 600 mile round trip! Date of review: August 14, 2014
In short: 34k for the price of 30k! In full: My first race longer than a half-marathon and generally this one was really good. *Loads of water stations towards the beginning, though they did peter out towards the end. *In general the course was very well marshalled and well signed, though like other reviewers I found it much harder knowing where to go through Salisbury town centre and was desperately trying to follow a high-vis vest a few hundred metres ahead of me! *Scenery was great, and surfaces were a mix of about 80% trail and 20% tarmac. Within the first mile there was some very narrow, slippery chalk paths and we were down to walking pace but after that they were fine. *Can't fault the bread pudding! *Running with/past/behind people who were doing different distances or walking them entirely was great and meant you weren't often on your own, though there were a few places along the 30k route where suddenly everyone disappeared. *The distance! Well, definitely not a 30k and I didn't miss any signs, it was just longer than advertised and that was pretty hard going as we trogged along hoping the finish was just around the corner. This distance is probably not for me and might stick to shorter races in the future but I'd recommend it to everyone else - just make sure you're prepared for it to be longer than you think! Date of review: August 13, 2014
In short: Flat, shaded, nice mix of abilities In full: This is the third time I've run this race. I like it because the trees give shade for most of the three laps. It is almost flat the whole way. The path is wide so little obstruction. Some of the bends are a bit sharp but otherwise it is a good course for a PB. Chip timing and KM makers. Date of review: August 13, 2014
In short: Enjoyed most of it In full: Mixed feelings about this race. I did the 30k and it had a great atmosphere and was an enjoyable experience for most of the way round. The last 5 miles however were a slog with poor signage and no indication that the route was actually over 20 miles. From the reviews, it seems like the longer distances were better organised. Date of review: August 13, 2014
In short: flat and fast with a free wine and bagel In full: 3 laps of the park, so faster runners do lap slower runners in the late stages, which can slow fast runners down by having to swerve. There was a free wine and bagel at the end, and a rucksack, so excellent value. Very flat course, will be back!! Date of review: August 13, 2014
In short: My favourite race In full: I always look forward to this race: - good organisation (pre, during and post race) - great goody bag - traditional cream cheese bagels - fantastic location and scenery - friendliest atmosphere
What's not to like?? Date of review: August 13, 2014
In short: Fast paced fun flat race. In full: A very well organised race on a flat course consisting of three loops. This makes for a very fast race and a quick pace (achieved a 10K PB). Great atmosphere with a decent sized race pack but not too big. Decent swag too which was an unexpected surprise. Definitely signing up next year. Date of review: August 13, 2014
In short: Another excellent running of this great 10k In full: My 8th appearance at this great 10k. Great atmosphere, well organised, and best of all free bagels and even a glass of wine at the end this year! Date of review: August 12, 2014
In full: Good organisation, kids race before the main race, always good to encourage the youngsters, quick out and back, mix of club and non club runners. Beginners would be welcome, free parking, drink, fruit bar, Jaffa cakes and nice medal Date of review: August 12, 2014