In short: Flat, shaded, nice mix of abilities In full: This is the third time I've run this race. I like it because the trees give shade for most of the three laps. It is almost flat the whole way. The path is wide so little obstruction. Some of the bends are a bit sharp but otherwise it is a good course for a PB. Chip timing and KM makers. Date of review: August 13, 2014
In short: Enjoyed most of it In full: Mixed feelings about this race. I did the 30k and it had a great atmosphere and was an enjoyable experience for most of the way round. The last 5 miles however were a slog with poor signage and no indication that the route was actually over 20 miles. From the reviews, it seems like the longer distances were better organised. Date of review: August 13, 2014
In short: flat and fast with a free wine and bagel In full: 3 laps of the park, so faster runners do lap slower runners in the late stages, which can slow fast runners down by having to swerve. There was a free wine and bagel at the end, and a rucksack, so excellent value. Very flat course, will be back!! Date of review: August 13, 2014
In short: My favourite race In full: I always look forward to this race: - good organisation (pre, during and post race) - great goody bag - traditional cream cheese bagels - fantastic location and scenery - friendliest atmosphere
What's not to like?? Date of review: August 13, 2014
In short: Fast paced fun flat race. In full: A very well organised race on a flat course consisting of three loops. This makes for a very fast race and a quick pace (achieved a 10K PB). Great atmosphere with a decent sized race pack but not too big. Decent swag too which was an unexpected surprise. Definitely signing up next year. Date of review: August 13, 2014
In short: Another excellent running of this great 10k In full: My 8th appearance at this great 10k. Great atmosphere, well organised, and best of all free bagels and even a glass of wine at the end this year! Date of review: August 12, 2014
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