In short: Seriously tough race but what an event In full: Fantastic event. Great atmosphere from all the excellent marshals. Great camaraderie from all the runners as everyone seems to know what a tough challenge this is. Main objective, finish! Don't even think about a target time. That said, great course, great views (if you can pick your head at the start), great support up that final hill. Organisation was superb. I'll deffo be back next year Date of review: January 18, 2015
In short: Mudtastic! In full: A great race: lots of support, first class marshalling with a real variety of terrain. My favourite parts were the beginning and the end, sliding round the mudpit that was Hadleigh Park. The last mile was seriously tough: all uphill, with what can only be described as a mud wall in the final 200m! The middle section of the race was pretty flat, mostly along grass or gravel/rock track with the occasional stretch on pavement. Particularly grateful for the frequent jelly baby stations. Thoroughly recommended. Date of review: January 18, 2015
In short: A great event, well organised and a good challenge In full: I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day and the organisation was faultless, from the initial registration all through the check points. Especially welcome was the lovely touch of one of the team finding my bag from the van and bringing it to me at the end. A simple thing that made such a difference. Date of review: January 18, 2015
In short: Well-organised, no fuss - good work In full: An enjoyable, very flat 10k. Two loops around lovely Bushy Park. Plenty of parking, toilets seemed fine, cheerful and helpful marshals, well-signposted, decent medal and snacks. No grumbles at all, got a PB, will do it again. Date of review: January 18, 2015
In short: Great way to start the year In full: A wonderfully enjoyable and silly race. Fancy dress is compulsory and the course is so brutal that any remaining prospect of taking it seriously goes out the window. Instead a few hundred mildly hungover cheery souls yomp around some of Surrey's loveliest scenery, cheer each other on and get a super bag of goodies at the end. Perfect start to 2015. Date of review: January 18, 2015
In short: Great starter to the year In full: Great start in the snowy wilds of the country, followed by an ever increasing industrial scenery as you run into the heart of London at Little Venice. Great support at the checkpoints and always a smiley face. Well done to all at gobeyond Date of review: January 18, 2015
In short: Great traditional XC race In full: Great race, classic XC Hurrah! great marshals v encouraging. Nice to have an off roader without obstacles just good old running. Good organisation - though a little more info on the club web site would be nice - free tea / coffee at the finish - so welcome on a cold day - encouraged to stay & support those still coming. Will be promoting this to my club and will be back next year - Loved it Date of review: January 18, 2015
In short: Tough as nails but the scenery... In full: Tough as nails but the scenery and views made it worthwhile (especially at the top of the mountain)- brutal route, never near a PB course for me but enjoyed the event thoroughly- I heard somebody quote 'hated every minute but loved it all the same' which really sums it up! Date of review: January 18, 2015
In short: Spot on In full: Superb event, very well run and a awesome course. Good selection of different distance races, was my first one and would highly recommend! Bbrrrrr ! Date of review: January 17, 2015
In short: Well organised straightforward course In full: Not the most spectacular scenery as you take in the pavements and side roads around Brunel University and Hillingdon. Very well organised though from car parking and registration through to the race itself and goody bags etc. The course is pretty open from the start (no bunching up) so possible PBs.
It's fairly local to me and very good value so I'll be registering for 2015. Date of review: January 17, 2015
In short: Friendly race in a gorgeous setting In full: My second Half Marathon and it was very enjoyable. Perfect conditions which is just as well as the towpath would be very tricky to negotiate should it rain. It was quite bunched up at the start as we moved through the park. It didn't bother me as I was aiming at 2 hours but may not be ideal for the faster runners looking for clear space.
All in all it was very well organised and left me wanting to sign up again. Date of review: January 17, 2015
In short: Hills and mud and hills and scenery and hills and flapjack and more mud and hills. In full: I am not a fan of cross country, but this was local so I entered the three races in a fit of New Year madness. Cold, wet and windy so there was plenty of mud which is great if you like that kind of thing.
Organisation was great, proper loos, free tech T and a marshal organising the parking. The route was well marked and marshalled at key points by friendly marshals. Date of review: January 14, 2015
In short: The perfect Christmas party race In full: A cracking way to shed some calories prior to the Christmas break, laughs,mud tears, mud, food and beer, and more mud ! Well done Mud Crew, another corker. Fantastic after race party. Date of review: January 14, 2015
In short: Good, up until results processing In full: A common problem with private race promoters - they do everything they need to until they've had everyone's money, and they've started the race.
The results were published 2 1/2 days after the event, and came in the form of a list of bib numbers, a list of times (against bib numbers), and seperated into males and females.
They didn't capture anyone's club names, so whilst searching for your own result was a pain in the arse, having to find five other people's results for the club records was annoying. I spare a thought for whoever at Dartford Roadrunners had to compile the 30+ (?) results for their Grand Prix tournament.
Anomolies occured in pricing as well - they were taking on-the-day entries for less than the online entrance, which is just wrong.
Regardless, I'll do it again. It's a fast 10k course not far from home, and there's all the facilities of the athletics track there.
If they could just spend a bit more time and effort on publishing results, this would be so much better. Date of review: January 14, 2015
In short: If you only enter one event a year - make it this one. In full: This is my favourite event of the year. Brilliantly organised by Steve. The mud & hills are a real leveller. Nice medal, friendly atmosphere, great cakes to re-fuel on & cheap to enter.
On a personal level, I'm able to keep up with a lot of the normally 'gazelle' like road runners on this course.
You get a real sense of achievement when you cross the finish line of this lovely scenic course, which is very challenging to say the least.
Looking forward to next years race. Date of review: January 13, 2015