In short: I loved it In full: This was a race with a difference. 2200 closed the Severn Bridge. Fab race, really friendly, great camaraderie between runners. Marshals were all amazingly supportive and so were the people of the places we ran through. Can't find a fault anywhere, One to add to the diary Date of review: August 25, 2014
In short: Great first running of this fantastic half In full: Come and do it. Course kept you entertained in all the right places. Great freebies after, if a little crowded. Getting to and from the event was a piece of cake. I will be back. Date of review: August 25, 2014
In short: i imagine this will sell out fast next year. In full: Coming from Wales and living in England, the old crossing is pretty iconic. Got goosebumps driving over it at 7:30am. The event this year was a lovely size-big enough for a good atmosphere but small enough that baggage drop and parking were a breeze and choosing your own pace at the start was easy with zero "fibbers" like in the larger city runs. I lined up at 1:50 and finishes in 1:48. Nice bit of humour in the middle with " the hill" sign. I bet everyone thought they'd already done it. The return over the bridge was slightly less euphoric than it could have been because I knew there was that 1/r mile incline followed by 200m hill to come. Still, that's being picky. It was near perfect (only a male voice choir to bring you home could have topped it). I doubt it'll ever be the same, I suspect it will get bigger, and how often do you get no wind or rain on the severn bridge? Date of review: August 25, 2014
In short: Excellent small marathon In full: Excellent small marathon. Great organisation, YMCA base was ideal. Path is a bit rough under foot in places which takes the edge off your pace when you have tired legs, and also a little crowded with walkers etc at some points. Nice food selection at aid stations. Organisers were very accommodating. Very very flat. Out and back so supported can cycle or drive to see you run at different points on the route. Nice medal. Recommended if you want a small friendly marathon. Date of review: August 25, 2014
In short: So unlucky with the weather... In full: A really nice run along the banks of the river Adur. The organisers did a great job and I felt really bad for them that the weather was awful. This made the course very muddy which certainly detracted from enjoyment. Not a PB course - mostly flat but mixed terrain, stiles and slow in places in the mud on narrow tracks. A pleasant run and I would do it again. Thanks Lancing Eagles! Date of review: August 25, 2014
In short: Lovely run beside the river with flapjack and Gu gels along the way. In full: We were sent on our way by a BagPiper in full regalia. Route well marked with little flags & I didn't even notice there were no mile markers.Path pretty uneven and lots of walkers and cyclists but that was to be expected. Last 2.5 miles were cruel, going past the finish to Kingston bridge and back but having read the route I knew it was coming. Felt like a long way. No water at the finish but they responded to requests and put a table up for later finishers laden with cakes, pretzels,crisps etc. Great medal and quick results. Date of review: August 25, 2014
In short: Back for a third time! In full: David and Mel, both veterans of many hundreds of marathon have cracked the marathon event circuit too. I came here two years ago as a novice and loved it. This time I had the pleasure of a PB too. Change of start venue this year and a flatter course. Tweaks, maybe a gents urinals and the start encompassing the two mile twist which was at the end. But I'm sure that will be dealt with. It really was just a great day and what marathoning is all about. Book the November event NOW! Paul Sahota Date of review: August 25, 2014
In short: Lovely scenic route with PB potential In full: A nice flat course with beautiful scenery along the river, well stocked water stations with plenty of gels and home baked goodies. Course is marked with hermes flags, so no chance of getting lost. My only gripe is when you comes towards mile 25 you have to run past the finish and do an extra loop. Otherwise all in all a great event. Date of review: August 25, 2014
In short: Extremely well organized 10k In full: I was extremely impressed with everything about this race. The race is based at Thurrock athletic stadium; good facilities, changing rooms and nice to be able to warm up on the track. On the day entry was smooth.
The start is just 200 metres from the stadium - and the route was extremely well marshalled. There were more marshals than in most races, in fact marshals ensuring the traffic went nowhere near the runners which was greatly appreciated.
The route is fast, flat and enjoyable.
The race finishes back on the athletics track; there is something special about finishing on the track and Brooks arranged a good finishing area.
A lovely mug was given to all finishers, remembering Mel Batty's 10 mile world record - a nice touch.
Well done to all involved - I recommend this race highly to all. Date of review: August 25, 2014
In short: Another well organised race from Nicework In full: Faultless organisation of a great off road race. Well marked scenic course, friendly marshals, plenty of toilets and parking, spectator friendly two lap course, generous prize list, friendly runners. Date of review: August 25, 2014
In short: Great race, not many you can say are in two countries In full: After running in many other Rogue Run events, I had signed up very early for this race, and had been looking forward to it for ages. It didn't disappoint.
Looking back from the start point on the bridge it was amazing seeing all of the runners filling the carriageway. The majority of the rest of the race was in the countryside, lots of locals came out to support.
The route was undulating, but I prefer a route with a bit of a bite to it. Saying that though 3 out of 5 from my club, myself included, all knocked 5+ mins off our PBs. If you can defeat the hills on the way out, the way back is nice and fast.
There were a few minor points to resolve for the future, the goody bag (which was really good) and t-shirt had no controls to prevent people taking multiples - other events either mark the race number or hand. Sad to think people were taking advantage and stealing extra t-shirts and medals.
The toilet situation could have been improved with better signage letting people know that there were 8 of urinals, which were under-utliised.
As an event run by local runners with passion you have to take your hat off to them, they put a lot of 'professional' events to shame. Date of review: August 25, 2014
In short: Super event although I ran pants! In full: Nice course and lovely relaxed atmosphere. All the aid stations were excellent although a water stop at 25 mile turnaround would've been welcome! Personally I liked the idea of the final two mile loop. It made the end seem closer? I ran really badly but that was lack of training. The course is great and the crowded first two miles keep your pace sensible. Highly recommended for anyone taking on their first full or half marathon. Date of review: August 25, 2014
In short: Great Race in urban landscape In full: It's difficult to put these races on in London or just outside as Grays is, but the race went very well. The race only has a small field, which I think is probably down to the August Bank Holiday date, but it's well worth the trip anyway. Date of review: August 25, 2014
In short: Fast, flat and very friendly In full: Only downside of the day was a massive queue for such few toilets. Other than that well organised. Perfectly flat, spot on measurement, friendly and well organised. Beautiful views across the bay too. Medal, banana and wagon wheel at the end Date of review: August 25, 2014
In short: A great morning In full: A fantastic race, great views from the bridge, fantastic support from the Marshall's and locals, a great event village and amazing goody bag, t shirt and medal. I really couldn't find any negatives and would certainly recommend this race. Thanks to all involved in making this a brilliant and different race. Date of review: August 25, 2014
In short: Small Flat and Friendly Race In full: The course was very flat, and the conditions were perfect for running, so great PB potential (although I'm aware it can be very windy there sometimes). Race packet pick up was easy, and there was a nice friendly atmosphere at the event.
I was disappointed at the lack of chip timing. Although this wasn't advertised when I signed up there was chip timing last year, and the confirmation e-mail I received said that timing chips would be picked up on the day. So I was expecting chip timing, until the week before when I saw the race information which didn't mention timing chips at all. Luckily there was very little congestion at the start so this shouldn't have made a huge difference, but it was still annoying. The toilet situation was also pretty poor. There were 6 (I think) toilets for 500+ people and spectators. I started queueing an hour before the race and still wasn't near the front 40 minutes later. Ended up going in the leisure centre paying 20p (which I only found I could do late on).
Overall though I thought the race was good. I thought the route was nice, and there were no problems with the route not being a closed course, as the paths were mostly wide enough, and there were very few road crossings (all minor residential roads). There were a couple of sections with overgrown bushes meaning you had to run in the road, but this wasn't too major.
I'd like chip timing in the future, and a few portaloos and this would be a great event I think. Medal was ok, and you got a bottle of water, wagon wheel and a banana, which was quite good for such a cheap event. I'd enter again. Date of review: August 25, 2014