In short: Well organised HM.......this event will get popular! In full: This was the first Run Through Wimbledon HM and you can see this event get more and more popular, A very relaxing and delightful course through leafy Wimbledon Common. Would do he race again as its very well organised and great value for money. The last km is a killer as you can see the finishing line but it seems ages to get there Date of review: February 8, 2014
In short: Fantastic atmosphere for an established 10k race! In full: I've been lucky enough to run this race for a few years now, mostly making up team numbers but it's truly a great 10k. The recent hastily revised route (out & back) due to flooding was it seems a blessing in disguise as most appeared to enjoy the added atmosphere of running past other runners! The bonus of starting and finishing at the club countered the walk from the off-site parking which was great foresight considering the waterlogged state of Sandyacres! Support from A&D marshals at the start/finish and throughout the course couldn't be faulted and organisers Nice Work should be complemented on the revised arrangements. If I hadn't been blowing out my backside I might've taken more notice of the wonderful views but hey it's a 10k and time is short! Roll on next year! Date of review: February 7, 2014
In full: As mentioned by others, the weather was pretty wet. The shelter at the start was very welcome! The period between heading to the start line and the race starting felt longer than ideal in the weather.
The km markers were all over the place in the first 6-7km which made it difficult to gauge pace and the actual total course length was nearer 10.5km than 10km. Think this can be resolved pretty easily for future years.
Overall, an okay event in the quiet January calendar - could be improved slightly for future years though. Date of review: February 7, 2014
In short: Another Cracker! In full: Another great race, in a pocket of perfect racing conditions. A late change of route due to a flooded course, all credit to the club and organisers for keeping the race on. A PB for me so well happy...see you next year! Date of review: February 7, 2014
In short: Another fine race put on by Nice Work. In full: Considering the recent wet weather, what a great effort from the organisers to get this race on in a slightly different format. It actually made a nice change to try a different route, although it was still testing. Obviously very busy at the start, but it was soon possible to pull away into the appropriate position. Preferred finished on the road as opposed to the grass. Well done Nice Work and Ashford & District :-) Date of review: February 7, 2014
In short: For someone who doesnt like hills or mud - I WILL BE BACK! In full: Tough course, made tougher this year it seems by the thick gloopy mud! In terms of organisation the marshalls seems few and far between but actually they were exactly where they were needed, no confusing turns or opportunities to get lost. A few styles and gates slowed us down - but i was glad of the breather to be honest! I am slowly becomming a convert to muddy races (never thought i would say that!)See you in 2015 Date of review: February 7, 2014
In full: I ran the Marshal race on the saturday as I was involved in the course re organisation as a result of the flooding. It could not have been done without the members of Ashford and Dist RRC. Brilliant race as alaways. If I say so myself the new course is just as good as the old one. Here's to the next 25 years. Date of review: February 7, 2014
In short: A new race series with great potential if logistics are improved In full: I ran the 29 miler and had no problem following the route markers and when I did check with the marshals they gave accurate directions. There were a couple of places on long stretches between markers where I think ‘reassurance’ repeater arrows would have been helpful. Someone else mentioned coloured bibs and if the route markers reflected bib colours that might help both runners and marshals in the future.
The two water stations were adequately spaced and stocked; the first was passed three times and the second (with food) twice.
The route included parts of the old Downland Challenge and Jog Shop 20 and anyone familiar with those will know about the hills, both short and sharp and long and slow, but including undulating sections along the South Downs Way. The scenery makes the effort worthwhile and on the day, the weather cleared up and the mud deep!
Clearly the organisers have some route marking and general logistics issues to resolve, some simple like swapping the bag drop and registration desks to prevent queuing out into the road. I believe they genuinely tried hard to stage a good event, but perhaps organising three different distances the first time out was a bit much.
In summary, like most new runs it had its teething problems, but the test will be how much will be put right for future events. I thoroughly enjoyed the day, even if I was nearly last, and will be back next year to check on progress. Date of review: February 6, 2014
In short: One tough old course! In full: Congratulations to everyone who made this year's even possible. Unfortunately, the elements were against the organisers so lots of diversions were put in place. This was my first ultra and I have to say, I enjoyed it! There was plenty of mud, the occasional hill, some more mud and lots of water! I suspect this is in part due to the main path being flooded and the route being diverted. There were a couple of areas I came across where I wasn't sure where I was going so a few more correx signs would have helped to keep me on the right track, but I made it from A to B before dark so I was more than happy! All runners were extremely friendly and very welcoming. The helpers and marshalls all made for a good race. If you don't mind getting your feet wet or a little dirty I would recommend this to anyone, although I shall probably look for something a bit warmer myself next time around!! :-) Date of review: February 6, 2014
In short: Could have been better but lucky with the weather In full: After reading the other race reviews I'm glad I signed up for the 10k! They really needed to post out the numbers before hand to avoid long queues, I arrived 15 minutes after the sign in started and 10 minutes before the race was due to start there were still a lot of people waiting for their numbers. I wasn't officially told that the race was going to start late but heard it from other people, I also wasn't told where the start line was but I followed a stream of people there. There was no steward there to tell us if we were in the right place or not. 5 minutes before the race was about to start the organisers told everyone to gather round, here they should have done a short briefing; perhaps to tell us they were short of marshalls? Instead they set us off, I was unsure if we were all meant to be going off at the same time and as an inexperienced runner I certainly did not want to be getting mixed up with the 29milers! I hung back a bit and it seemed as if everyone was setting off so I followed the crowd. Route d Date of review: February 5, 2014
In short: Conditions made it tough but on a better day it would be a fantastic run In full: The organisers and marshalls were excellent. The weather couldn't have been any worse and running alongside a river bank that had recently flooded added to the challenge. A warm welcome and hot chilli was waiting at the end. Date of review: February 5, 2014
In short: Excellent, as ever. In full: Yes, there are the usual difficult bits: the uphills, the detour round the park near the end. But these are more than made up for by the downhill stretches, the great organisation and marshalling, the rural scenery. The three big puddles added some interest too; very good of the organisers to go ahead in spite of these. Thank you Watford Harriers and Watford Joggers. Date of review: February 5, 2014
In short: Hilly for sure, but in lovely surroundings! In full: This was my second BVHM and I didn't remember that massive hill in the middle. This was the first race I've ever thought of giving up on - but that was more due to my bad pacing than the course itself. The parking is literally 50 metres from the start/finish and there's a kids play area that overlooks the finish which kept our boy amused! Sucker for punishment so i'll be back next year! Date of review: February 5, 2014
In short: well organised jaunt on the isle of wight In full: thanks to organisers and marshalls for fab race. and top marks to sea scouts for efficient bag drop. only bug bear for me ...and reason for not doing it again is the long stretch on a very busy main road with no pavement. I wouldn't run on this type of road at home and thought it was dangerous.! also some car drivers swearing at us for traffic holdups!!but otherwise nice run with lovely views of the solent to take your mind off the uphill stretches. Date of review: February 5, 2014