In short: Really tough going - legs were burning In full: This race was the last of the Cornwall multi terrain series for 2013 and I needed to run it to qualify. I had thought what a long way to go to just run 4 miles, but boy what a work out it was. It was high tide and the 4 miles was run on the soft sand and shingle at the top of the beach. 3 miles in my legs were burning, to try and find some purchase I ended up running right on the tide line - got very wet but it seemed to work as my time was great given the effort involved. A tough race and come the finish I had no more to give. Would I do it again - yeah if only to stand thigh deep in lovely cold water looking at St Micheals Mount to sooth my sore muscles :-) Date of review: November 11, 2013
In short: Great race thanks to all involved! In full: First time here was a great race, would def come back again (even in rubbish traffic from north London), faultless organisation and course marking, great marshals, v scenic hilly course with lots of muddy bits, free cup of tea at end. What more is there to ask of a race? Lovely bugle playing too. Date of review: November 11, 2013
In short: Ripped Off In full: If the weather had been grim it too would have summed up the atmosphere, thankfully the sun shone and the run was good but not worth the £28 charged for affiliated club runners.
HQ didn't have the usual buzz/excited atmosphere when you turn up to an event, medals & T-shirts collected back at race HQ, unsure of times.
No direction or separation for 10K/HM runners.
Water from a bucket with grubby bits in the bottom at the finish, not enough drinks at half-way, blink & I missed it..
Hopefully first time runners will not be put off by the event and look to enter a few local club runs: cheap entry, great atmosphere, humour and decent tea & cakes - not bring 50p for the tea machine & a bit more scrap for the vending machine.
As others have said a few tweaks and it could be a good event, sadly I won't be parting with my cash & entering again. Wide berth to be given Date of review: November 11, 2013
In short: Tough scenic run in beautiful setting In full: Anyone who likes to run off road in stunning countryside should give it a go. No chance of a PB. This one is strictly for the pleasure of cross country running. Date of review: November 11, 2013
In short: Hard, but so much fun. In full: It's my 3rd time and I can honestly say, I love it. The build up to the start, the running with the crowd and the way everyone helps each other get through the race. Roll on next year. Definitely a race everyone should try. Date of review: November 11, 2013
In short: Faultless In full: What a superb race. The organisation from start to finish was perfect, the marshals were the friendliest and most encouraging I have encountered and the route was beautiful.
Even the weather was crisp and bright to match.
The setting off in 4 waves was just right to avoid any bottlenecks and took other canal users into account so they wouldn't be "stonewalled" by an avalanche of runners all at once. I did notice some runners sneaking into faster waves but so be it, it's their conscience if they couldn't maintain progress.
This is certainly one for the calendar again next year....oh and and apologies to anyone I splattered with mud as I hared straight through the puddles rather than dodging to the sides :) Date of review: November 11, 2013
In short: Good fun! In full: If scenery is your thing then Greenwich Park is pretty much the best you are going to get running in the capital. Mother Nature too was smiling down on us yesterday which was a nice bonus.
Of course, being Greenwich Park the route is not flat. Despite the park being only 2 miles round the edge, the organisers just about managed to squeeze the route into 2 somewhat zigzaggy laps.
Organisation was fine. Everything seemed to work OK. Goody bag had a nice selection of treats in it. Date of review: November 11, 2013
In short: Scenic, tough race with some organisation difficulties In full: This race has been harshly-criticised and whilst I concur there were problems, it wasn't all bad.
Good points, the scenery was great, great camaraderie amongst the runners, the course provided a hefty challenge in negotiating the mud, the steep steep climb etc. The marshalls were great, and very friendly.
Bad points (some of these points are quite trivial, but worth mentioning), not enough marshalls, you could've got lost if you didn't have your wits about you, that was quite possibly the quietest loud hailer I've heard in my life, medals handed out at Race HQ rather than at the finish, baggage storage not supervised as far as I could tell, and not sign-posted, finishing straight was down the main road - that is a potential safety hazard despite the relatively low speed of exiting cars as runners will appear form the side of the road. The water station ... well you can't have it like that, that's not good enough.
With some tinkering and some organisational changes, it could be a great little race.
I still enjoyed doing it, for some reason it reminded me of doing the cross-country at school (probably because of the lack of marshalls).
I hope the organisers will see some of these comments and have a little bit of a re-think, because the event does have potential. I think some of the difficulties betrayed a lack of experience in putting on events. Date of review: November 11, 2013
In short: Still aching! In full: I don't think it was quite as bad as some of the other reviewers. Needed another water station with proper, clean water at both to be worth the money and the announcements at the start needed to be louder. The rest was pretty good though. I think it was a full 13.1 miles - my legs are certainly telling me so today! - the 10k route veered off through the woods a couple of miles from the end. Great scenery, with a hideous muddy climb from river level up to the top of the gorge. And we got to do it twice - brilliant! The marshals were really friendly and encouraging as were many of the dog-walkers, hikers and cyclists encountered on the course. Date of review: November 11, 2013
In short: It's a half-marathon in Stevenage In full: It was a bright but chilly morning and once you had got warmed up and into the race a nice day for running. The route was 2 laps and fairly undulating; nothing too sharp but with the twists and turns added in it not a course you would necessarily associate with pb's although a few from my club managed just that! The headwind turned into a tailwind half way round the lap so any losses could easily (?) be made up. Finishing on the track was a nice touch and post race drinks and eats plentiful. Marshals were helpful and alert and being reunited with you bag smooth as... Date of review: November 11, 2013
In short: Another well run Slog, but are things slipping? In full: Have done the slog several times over the last 7 years. The arduousnous of the course varies with the weather over the preceeding weeks - this year was pretty wet, so the course was at its glorious muddy, wet, best. As ever the hordes of marshals were in excellent form, very encouraging and did a great job. Overall its well organised, but some decisions have been taken that I believe have made the event fall from its previous high standards. Firstly there was no-one looking after the car-parking - in previous years someone has, and this helps to make parking easier. Secondly - the picking up of the numbers/chips was mishandled. Why was there one line for A-C (three letters) and then S-Z (8 letters)? I know there are not many UV and Z, but it resulted in a massive queue for the later letters of the alphabet. In previous years the numbers etc were posted out - I am happy to either include an SAE, or pay extra to cover the cost. Lastly - more loos. I note in particular that the indoor loos were out of bounds - would it be possible to have access to these, even if a cleaner was needed for an hour or two after the event? I would also move the loos away from the main area people congregate. Please don't take from these comments that I think the organisers have done a bad job - I think it is an incredible achievement to put this race on, its just that it can be better still. Many thanks for the event. Date of review: November 11, 2013