In short: An enjoyable race, got chatting to some nice people on the way around In full: Car park was very busy with cars blocking each other in etc, so I would advise arriving early, the race was well marshalled and enjoyable to run in. This was only my 2nd 10k and I fely it was good for beginners. Date of review: June 5, 2005
In short: Where were the marshalls? In full: Someone forgot to put a marshall near the monument and a large group of us were directed by one of the first aiders in the wrong direction so we ended up running down a main road (not very safe)
..and if you are going to use children as marshalls, could you instruct them to direct and not to just to stand there?
This was a poorly organised and unsafe race Date of review: June 5, 2005
In short: Nice Run, weather good, recommended run In full: Quite undulating for 1st 7K, then an easy run into finish, ran right at the back with a friend today. Well marshalled, lots of encouragement made for really enjoyable run, water stations and marshalls stayed until (the last) we had gone through, nice to see as sometimes dont appreciate the time the marshalls give up for us runners. Date of review: June 5, 2005
In short: Great fun. Easy to park, easy for waiting family. Sense of enjoyment, Very Non competitive environmenr, with local pubs putting in Charity fund raising teams (White Swan). But still a good amount of club runners. This event really welcomes all. Date of review: June 5, 2005
In short: beautifull scenery ,very friendly,fabulous value for money with one of the nicest medals.great marshalling,lots of encouragement with biscuits on route and bananas at the end.will do again. Date of review: June 5, 2005
In short: Very well organised and friendly, but very challenging. In full: Well organised and friendly race, very scenic route through the essex countryside. but is a bit challenging with the hills, especially around 3 or 4 miles on the grassy hill!
But will definitely be back next year as thoroughly enjoyed it. Date of review: June 5, 2005
In short: Home turf - nice crowd - great day In full: Really enjoyed the crowd around the start and finish - was being clapped in and that makes a runner feel good. Not a pb time-wise, but position-wise yes. Run the Common when training, so know and love the course. Was an enjoyable morning, would do it again. Date of review: June 5, 2005
In short: bottleneck at the first bend In full: This was my first 5k race and I too had trained long and hard for this. I did manage to run all the way round but only because I ran on the spot at the bottle necks!! going to try a different venue next year. my 48 minutes is never going to be in the record books - except one of the slowest times. Date of review: June 5, 2005
In short: A disappointment In full: I've trained hard for this, my first race, with my target being running the whole distance - unfortunately no chance of that. Several bottlenecks especially in the first 1km where the field came to a complete standstill. I also understand that everyone except the first 3 or 4 runners cut a corner - surely this can only be due to poor signposting / route marking. I'm pretty disappointed. I know it's a fun run, but I will go for a much lower key affair for my next effort. Date of review: June 5, 2005
In short: A really enjoyable race In full: Good bits - The organisation, the atmosphere and friendliness of fellow runners, Sharron Davies starting the race (always a good thing), The town crier, The parking, the scenery, the finishers medal. Bad bits - Didn't seem like there were enough toilets (then again there never is enough is there), could this race really be classed as undulating (vicious hill at 5K).
Overall: Fab race and thanks to the local lad that ran with me and gave me an idea of what hills to expect and when to expect them... little b*gg*r beat me though! Date of review: June 5, 2005