In short: Hard in places In full: First 2k up hill then fairly flat till about 6k then it seems to be a constant hill till 9k then it's for a sprint finish, first time with this event but even though I didn't achieve a PB it was very well organised with the marshals & public there to push you along. Will be entering again next, well done to the Billericay Striders. Date of review: November 9, 2013
In short: Well organised and fast. Nice to be UK Athletics registered. In full: There were lots of good things about this event. It was easy to register online. I cycled, but there was car parking arranged and marshalled. Collecting numbers and chips on the day was efficient. There was baggage storage (though a bit 'help yourself' for collection). There were cheap drinks and food before and after in the pavilion building. There were marquees with kit, an adventure running outfit, free massage and a charity. You could print of your results soon after finishing (though times were sequential at that point, not based on chip times). The announced race photographer didn't show, but there were over 200 pictures posted to the Facebook page, so I did get to see myself in a crowd of runners. It was a bit cheaper than some races, with just a banana, bottle of water and medal at the end (better that way, I think).
I was in the 4th wave of runners having registered late, with about 250 in each wave at 4 minute intervals, starting from across the road from the finish and marquees at the recreation ground. The route was straight to the guided busway and 3 km along that, which was a good opportunity to pass slower runners. Then pavements around the science park and regional college to a wide grass footpath section of just over a km. Then pavement alongside roads back towards the town, with the final 1.5 km on a concrete road around farmland to a final 250 metre sprint across the playing fields to the finish. Everything was well signposted and marshalled.
It seems to be going from strength to strength and it would be great if it was registered with UK Athletics for the future to count towards Run Britain rankings (which I'm new to, but can't find it in the listings). I hope to do it again next year. Date of review: November 9, 2013
In short: Blooming lovely In full: So much nicer in sunshine, and with no risk of drowning. That just about made up for a rather feeble performance. Probably underestimated the hills again. Date of review: November 8, 2013
In short: Fantastic race, hopefully doesn't rest on its laurels In full: A personal favourite for me but some niggles have started to creep in. No information was sent out in the post so first-timers here were seen asking where to pick up numbers etc. There is also the annual issue of EXTREMELY slow runners going to the front, and in such a narrow start, this can cause some barging. Other than those minor issues, the course is great, roads closed and finishing t-shirt is great. The weather always manages to hold up for this race, though the wind and some drops of rain tried to spoil it a little. On a personal issue, I blew up big time - the old age adage of "you get out what you put in" has never been so apt - if you don't train properly you will struggle, especially on this unforgiving course!. Date of review: November 8, 2013
In short: A spooktacular way to spend Friday night!!! In full: I'd never raced in the dark before scarcely run in the dark so this was a great challenge - to wear a mask and a head torch and run as well!! Great atmosphere lots of dead people and a few dogs too. I made sure I screamed loudly at any opportunity ( yes it was me sorry about that ) and the monsters in the forest gave my vocals a good hiding!! Plenty of friendly ghostbusting marshalls too although I wish they were holding glow sticks or something. They would shout 'this way' and I'd be like ' er which ways that then' as you can't see cos guess what its dark!! Apart from that amusing niggle it was a really lovely race a nice distance great fun and oh yes see ya next year!!! x Date of review: November 7, 2013
In short: A good event not to be underestimated. In full: I really like this small and fairly local event. Its a fast run for those who want a race and welcomes all ages and abilities. The hills are pretty tough, in fact you're mostly going either up or down for 7k. I'll do it again for sure. Date of review: November 7, 2013
In short: Friendly and Scenic In full: My first time here and I really enjoyed it. I had practised a few hills knowing that this was hilly so found it exactly as expected. Good mix of ages and abilities competing, home made flapjack at the finish and nice goody bag. What's not to like? Lovely. Date of review: November 7, 2013
In short: Great race, no PB potential, but well organised, well supported, scenic run! In full: 1st time running this race for me. Challenging first 3k up the hills, but after that it's pretty flat, with a sprint to the finish for a well earned Mars bar!!
Well organised, great marshalling and good traffic management to ensure runners safety throughout the race.
And there was plenty of support on the course to cheer you round.
Would definitely recommend this race to anyone regardless of ability. Date of review: November 7, 2013
In short: Good race with a great route! In full: Nice out of town route along country roads, perfect for a sunday morning. Some small hills about but nothing over the top. Must say the Marshals at this event were awesome, so many of them about and all giving you a cheer!! 1 small thing, no bag drop to look after you stuff during the race. Maybe something to consider next year maybe? I will definatley consider this race again next year! Date of review: November 7, 2013
In short: Small Friendly Lovely Course, but hold the wind next year :) In full: Great little local race, my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it, the course is pretty flat so on the right day would be quick. It was very gusty this year and that made it a challenge coming home. All in all a great event really enjoyed it. Date of review: November 7, 2013