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
In short: cross country marathon In full: Prior to this my marathon experience was Brighton which i do in 4.56 .For myself this turned out to be a hard cross country marathon. .Four serious hills .80% of the remainder was seriously undulating cross country.20% on tarmac. Very good signage with no need for a map.More water stations than i expected with good stuff cake,choccy ,etc.After mile 22 i saw no more milege signs but plenty of arrows guiding the way home.I finished in 5.45 which i was happy with ,considering the course .some of which i was forced to walked .I may do it again if im up for some punishment. Date of review: August 12, 2014
In short: Hurricane Bertha arrived late in the race, pity as a good varied course. Will do again next year. In full: I attempted in a race wheelchair, not ideal but completed in a good time considering hurricane Bertha's visit! The surfaces varied from grit to grass, concrete, tarmac and paving. Along the front at Frinton turn-around is picturesque, but Bertha wind did it's best to try and stop me leaving! I will do again next year. Wheelchair racers should not expect a nice flat smooth ultra fast course, I found it a great training opportunity. Date of review: August 12, 2014
In short: Beautiful, scenic race, let down by one thing - POOR SIGNAGE In full: Such a lovely, multi-distance race, badly let down by poor signage towards the end of the route... Our 30kms of country roads, hills and trails (no mean feat) ended up being 33.5km due to a distinct lack of signage from 28.5kms onwards. Also a real lack of water stations after 20kms - plenty before, so why so few afters!?
A real shame as the route is especially lovely. They're not joking when they say 5 rivers; 4 hills; 3 country estates; 2 castles; and 1 spire (Salisbury cathedral). To that you can also add a whole load of wildlife (including two fields of baby cows) and a very magical Yew-tree Wood (follow the pink string...)
In short: Some hills...SOME?? Jesus more hills than a hilly thing in a hilly place! In full: Practise your hill runs this will test you. There is a strong combination of trail and road lets say 60-70% trail and the rest road. Excellent marshalls and plenty of water at all the right bits. Highly recommeneded Date of review: August 12, 2014
In short: Very muddy but so much fun! In full: This was my first time running the Kirste 5, and I have to say it was awesome. There was an amazing atmosphere and some fantastic costumes (no matter how tired or achy you are, you can't walk past a Marshal dressed as Superman!). The course was very muddy, but that made it all the more fun to run, just wished I'd packed my trail shoes. There's a few bottlenecks in the first mile, so if you're fast you need to start near the front, but that really doesn't detract from the race if you're a mid pack runner like me. Excellent marshalling, superb atmosphere, and great organisation make this a race to put in your diary next year. Date of review: August 12, 2014
In short: Wonderful 10K, fun, friendly, well organised, something for everyone In full: Fantastically well organised 10k by London Frontrunners. Goes from strength to strength every year. Something for everyone, from beginners to elites. Very friendly, super fast course, great goody bag, loads of prizes, raffle, after party, bagels, showers, music. The perfect 10K!! Date of review: August 12, 2014
In short: Challenging bu fun 21k race In full: Overall, the course was tough but good fun. There were a good mix of people running from club runners to total newbies, including a familiar face – Steve Way. Due to the weather still being warm (even though it was wet) I got quite thirsty on the first half so next year, I will probably take my own drink.
The signage could be improved a little more for those new to the course but apart from that, it was well organised and the route was gorgeous.
I’ll consider the 30k for next year. Date of review: August 12, 2014
In short: Great route and challenging but a lovely run! In full: This was my second time and very different conditions to the dry sunny day we had last year! I always enjoy this route, there was quite a hold up across the bridges and round the sewage works this year for anyone that started nearer the back but once that was passed the marshalling was excellent! Great atmosphere, everyone very encouraging and beginners very welcome! Looking forward to next years! Date of review: August 12, 2014
In short: Excellent 50k event In full: An excellent 50k event. Good directions and aid stations stocking water, jelly babies and fruit cake. This is a off road/road event so consideration that distance can be slightly out but hey it's not a road race! Wonderful organised event, changing, showers and helpful marshals. Only bug was the 'speedy' club runners on the short distance busting for a good time. Barging past at speed as they checked their watch!! As I said I always enjoy this event ,chip times, nice medal, parking, location easy to get to,great organisation lovely city! It did however rain this year but it all adds to the fun. Thank you team and see you next year for the 5th time. Brilliant. Date of review: August 12, 2014
In short: A Soggy Success In full: I had to withdraw because of injury last year so pleased to have the chance to run again...til I saw the forecast! First time I've ever run in the rain to be fair, and frankly it was an adventure start to finish - particularly as I couldn't even see through my glasses so ran without them. Interesting to say the least. I thought the organisation was fine and directions were great - not sure how the previous reviewer got directed to Chester Road but my own departure from the tube at Baker Street into Monkey Gate would have been perfect if I hadn't picked the shortcut off the enormous map at the entry and taken a wrong turn. Everyone was soaked, it was a great adventure and that's what made it a memorable event. No one can control the weather. Flooding changing rooms may happen in the remnants of a hurricane and similarly to getting lost en route to a *very* clearly demarcated venue, I wouldn't hold the organisers to fault for it. Meh. Nice run, Nice Work indeed and for a great cause. Date of review: August 11, 2014
In short: Cyclone Bertha...you'll not stop us! In full: Despite the weather the atmosphere was excellent with all organisers, marshals and competitors making the event very different Date of review: August 11, 2014
In short: PB potential, bad weather, potential for better organisation In full: The weather conditions were unfortunate (for August!) but then I've come to learn that's all part of the challenge on the day. There appeared to be problems with the mile markers and overall the amount of clear signage was problematic. Generally though, there was a distinct lack of marshals which meant crossing roads unprotected and having to rely on watching the people in front as to where to go. That being said, the brave marshals who were there did extremely well and deserve our thanks. For next year I would like to see improved organisation on the field to start (signs on the seafront pointed to 'race start' away from the field), more marshals throughout the course and more accurate signage. Nice medal and standard goodie bag received on completion. Would do this again, but let's learn from this first one. Date of review: August 11, 2014