In short: Great All Round In full: For a first time event this was organized like clockwork. Great facilities, baggage drop, toilets, and marshalling was second to none. Very friendly and forthcoming organisers. Will be back for sure. Date of review: September 1, 2014
In short: Nice scenry, almost all off-road, well marshalled, bbq, cakes and kids activities make it family-friendly In full: This is a nice race through the Essex countryside. The course is almost all off-road, mainly paths but with some grass. Race HQ is at the village hall. Changing facilities are available, and there were no issues with the toilets. If you bring young children, there were lots of activities such as a bouncy castle and slide, which you had to pay extra for. However there is also a kids play-park two minutes walk away which is free. As for the race, the walk down to the start is 5 minutes or so, no problems with that. Although organizers had stated that the start was narrow, there were no issues at all, it was easily wide enough to accommodate the 300+ runners. Later in the course there were some definite narrow parts which inhibited overtaking but there wasn't a lot of bunching, at least not from my point of view. The course is lovely and bar a few isolated patches of mud there were no issues with the surface. It's also nicely shady under the trees which helps. There is one road crossing right at the end of the race, but I found that the local motorists were accommodating and I didn't even have to break stride. The marshals were excellent and gave lots of encouragement. The handful of sharp-ish turns were all well signposted and marshalled as well. Timing is manual in this race so pack your GPS watch if you want an accurate "net" time. No goody bag as such, but an excellent technical t-shirt which for my money is a better option anyway. After the race, there was a barbecue, the usual tea, coffee, cakes etc. and a bar in the social club. A very convivial atmosphere all in all, helped by near-perfect weather. I'm already thinking about returning next year. Date of review: September 1, 2014
In short: Well organised, challenging 10k In full: Considering that this was the first running of the event the organisation was excellent, and the turnout was also impressive. The goodie bag and medal were both good. The course itself was challenging, but very scenic. There was a nice friendly atmosphere around the course. Would definitely do the run again. Date of review: August 31, 2014
In short: Well-organised race in a lovely park - ideal 10K for a beginner In full: Once the kerfuffle with the date change was ironed out (which, to be fair, was more the fault of the park owners), the event went really smoothly - well signposted, clear instructions and great marshalling. This was my first 10K race and I would have no hesitation in recommending it to those comfortable with 5K races looking to push themselves a bit further. Watch out for the fern path though! Great fun. :) Date of review: August 31, 2014
In short: Another great event by Tape2Tape In full: Didn't know what to expect really and how tough it would be. I found it to be challenging but thankfully the downhill sections came at the right time. great organisation and was kept informed of every aspect of the race from the moment I signed up. Looking forward to next years event. Date of review: August 31, 2014
In short: Great race, few cheeky hills and well organised! In full: I have only ever raced in one other event, and fairly new to racing. I really enjoyed this race, and although it was challenging because of the hills, I actually found the wind worse! The hills weren't as bad as I feared they would be.
As someone new to racing, I found this race incredibly easy to enter, and collect my race number etc. There was well signed car parking, toilets and the route was well signed too. The marshals were lovely and gave me a boost on more than one occasion!
I actually managed to PB on this course too, by 5 min and 50 secs.
Really hoping we get back next year! Date of review: August 31, 2014
In short: The clue is in the name In full: An excellent race. Well organised and great atmosphere. Very challenging but manageable if well prepared. Great to have three water stations, most welcome! Plus enthusiastic helpers and marshals throughout. Thanks everyone. Date of review: August 31, 2014
In short: Low key marathon etc that deserves more support In full: Excellent, well organised event that just needs a little tweaking. Dangerous traffic lighted crossroads within first two miles needs to be looked at with priority given to runners. Policeman did nothing to stop traffic, especially the buses which came very close to hitting several runners who were attempting to cross the junction. A Marshall or arrowhead sign required for final turn into the finish as several runners ran past the turn. A technical tee-shirt rather than a cheap cotton one would have been more appropriate for this event.....no one wears cotton tees for training. Technical tees give a free advert when worn by runners. All in all though a very good and friendly event. Date of review: August 31, 2014
In short: Another fabulous event from Neil & Nicola who sem to think of evrything! In full: I believe that Neil and Nicola (Tape2Tape) have taken this race on at the request of the previous organisers, what a superb job they did! They work tirelessly to ensure that all of the runners needs are met and beyond! Excellent pre race communication, easy parking and swift number collection. Loos inside and outside of the pub (you always have to queue a little bit!) The safety briefing was invaluable to ensure that we were all aware of any potential course issues. Cycle marshals were on hand to ensure all was well and give support. I've never known such supportive marshals, they really made a difference on this tough hilly course, I needed their words of encouragement to reach the end. I was met by an amazing crowd, was handed water, cake, great tee and best of all a large bacon packed butty! This event is a real winner and will be in my diary for next year. Very disappointed with the personal remarks on a recent rating by NRR about particular marshals and runners, surely this is not allowed. I think they must have been at a different event or maybe running one on Mars! Great day Neil and Nicola, keep up the hard work. Date of review: August 31, 2014
In short: Tough course but well worth doing. In full: Only recently started running so I've always gone for flat courses, when I heard that this was being organised and sponsored by the same people that run the North Lincs. half marathon I thought I'd give it a go and I'm glad I did, everything about it was perfect, big pat on the back for the organisers, marshallls, sponsors and everybody else that was involved in making it an event to remember. Date of review: August 31, 2014
In short: Massive improvements by Tape2Tape In full: Organised by runners and you can tell. Challenging course , marshals a plenty, loads of support on the way and very jolly water station people. Great catchiest, bacon butty, bottle water and cake . NRRs comments r off wall and not reflect this cracking race. See you in 2015 Date of review: August 31, 2014
In short: Good challenging race. Definitely undulating In full: A well organised race in lovely undulating Lincolnshire countryside. Well done to Neil and Nicola in keeping the tradition going. Date of review: August 31, 2014
In short: Brilliant very well organised In full: Excellent pre race info. Organisers are clearly sensitive to the local community and went the extra mile not to upset them . Loads of loos inside the pub and outside portaloos . Briefing was superb and so pleased earphones were banned. Marshals were very supportive and like the idea of cycle marshals . Well done I will be back. Last runner must have been at a different race to me and some comments are ridiculous ! Date of review: August 31, 2014