In short: Great Event. Will be back In full: A great event which balanced very nicely between feeling like quite a big race, but with the atmosphere of a small and friendly event.
Great facilities, loads of free car parking very close to the HQ and the HQ was very close to the start line so getting sorted before the race was all very easy. Communication leading up to the event was excellent, with regular emails and updates via facebook - including photos and info about conditions and the potential hazards on the course.
Love the bright orange technical T-shirt and the voucher for a free warm drink was very, very welcome after a hard race on a blustery day. There was quite a tough section between miles 6-9 which was pretty much all uphill and on the day it was into a strong headwind. I think without the wind, it could easily have been a PB course, but conditions put a stop to that. You have to accept that you may well get anything in February though.. and for us this year, it was wind!
Definitely will be back for another crack at it in the future.
In short: ENJOYED, WELL SET UP In full: Well set up race as always from these guys, everything was as per their e/mails on race day.The pub H/Q was a bit tight but not really a problem , we were well looked after. Hope to do it again next year. Andy Date of review: February 25, 2014
In short: Well marshalled, ample feed stations, lovely countryside and a PB for me! In full: I really enjoyed this race - a relaxed atmosphere, a lovely course and definite PB potential! The pre-race description of 6m of ascent all race was a bit optimistic, but all of the "hills" were gentle and didn't slow you down. I'm not a quick runner (time for this race: 2:08) so I always worry with these smaller local events that I will be at the back but there was a good range of abilities. I was a bit worried before the race that the roads are not closed but it is so well marshalled and signposted that I always felt safe, and true to their word the roads were quiet, we were only passed by a handful of cars all race! The marshals were great and I really appreciated that the water was handed out in bottles if you preferred. And they gave us a good quality medal a the end. All in all a really nice race that fitted ideally into marathon prep. Date of review: February 25, 2014
In short: A good small race. In full: I am surprised at all the negative comments. It was new race, in a village. It seems people were expecting the Great North Run!
Whilst the views were not exactly stunning, it was nice gentle course with slight hills along the way. Plenty of water stations, and well sign posted. The mile markers were slightly out - bit so what? It was still 13.1m in the end.
I would suggest posting the numbers in the future rather than issuing on the day - but the queue was dealt with quick enough. Other than that a good small friendly race. Date of review: February 25, 2014
In short: Good effort but needs improving....sorry In full: Very friendly race although not as flat as advertised. A very good effort by the organisers which are probably more than aware of the slight teething problems (more signage, better crowd flow please - minor details IMO)I'm sure it will improve. Only real negative for me was running in the slippery mud at the begining and at the end. Thanks for organising all the same. Date of review: February 25, 2014
In short: Excellent, well organised run. In full: Great training run along the canal and then up to Ashridge. Course is not flat but also not too challenging. Volunteers were very encouraging. Could not be beaten for £5.00. Date of review: February 25, 2014
In short: A well-run event, with generous goody-bag, excellent medal and a nice course. In full: The organisers had a few challenges due to storm damage on/near the sea-front but the race went ahead due to some good contingency planning. I enjoyed the run, saw plenty of sea-front and crashing waves (me being a land-lubber!). It was a very windy day but then the whole winter has been like that so we should be used to it by now! A great medal and very generous goody-bag topped the day for me. Date of review: February 25, 2014
In short: Well organised, good route, great race; just a hiccup with numbers! In full: not sure why chips weren't put in envelopes with race numbers, but that's a lesson learned....
Otherwise, a lovey race, good countryside scenic route and starting in view of the magnificent Officers' Mess at RAF Cranwell - a sight also seen towards the finish as a beacon of hope (i.e. hoping to reach it again!)
Good t-shirt, awesome support, no chance of a PB this time! Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: Great race - despite the wind! In full: Loved this event, organisers did a great job in ensuring it went ahead after the storms and the loss of the use of the Pyrmaid Centre. Great course and without the wind has the potential to be quick. Well marshalled, well supported, well packed goody bag and an excellent medal - what's not to like?
As a slight aside my non-running g/f who came to watch said that this was the friendliest race she'd ever seen me at.
I really can't fault this event Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: What a cracking race. In full: What is there not to like? It started on time, no rain, muddy beach wasn't too muddy, plenty of signs and marshalls, friendly runners, great goody bag and medal, plenty of parking, and a pb to boot!! An excellent day out (apart from the wind). I'll be back next year as without that wind I reckon I'll be 5 minutes quicker. Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: Excellent 1/2 In full: Did this last year for the first time and came back because it was well organised, easy to get to and fits well into London training. This year was no different although the wind blew any thoughts of a fast time away. The race HQ sits in RAF Cranwell and has marvelous views across the last half mile of the race - so if you are waiting for friends to finish you can stay warm with your finishers cuppa. Date of review: February 24, 2014
In short: Wonderful event, well-organised, friendly marshals & cakes and tea at the end. In full: Perfect training run as an alternative to the usual club round. Even in the cold wind and rain the marshals were unfailingly friendly and encouraging. Challenging but scenic route. Looking forward to the 20 miler. Date of review: February 24, 2014