In short: The Stockport "goody bag" 10 In full: I think this should be renamed the Stockport 'goody bag' 10 - great day out for everyone, great weather, great organisation, great prizes, great hotpot, well done to everyone at Stockport Harriers !! Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: Well organised, gentle inclines, PB potential. All that and a christmas pud.... In full: Not run a 10 miler before but I ran this 4 minutes quicker (in 1hr 7' 40") that I ran a 9 miler last June. Good marshalling on busy roads and a pleasant atmosphere. Great goodie bag at end with medal, pudding, crisps and chocolate cake. Top stuff - will be back next year. Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: Hills, hills, hills... and cold! In full: Very good race - tough climb pretty much from the start all the way to the top of the Hogs Back. Very cold and a little dangerous down the other side becuase of the ice. I'll definitely do it again... Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: Excellent Race, only dowm side was the parking In full: What a lovely fast flat course, I equalled my PB so was very happy, nice marshalls encouraging everyone too, well done. Negative, the parking or lack of it, I arrived an hour before the race and was told the race car park was full, thank god I wasnt any later...the toilets were late (arriving ten minutes before that start), which wasnt good either, two things that spoiled an otherwise well organised race...I will be back next year tho, and thanks for the Xmas Pud! Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: Fantastic!!!! Superb Atmosphere!!! In full: I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this race. The atmosphere was superb. I made the effort and dressed as an angel as did my sister and Im glad we did. We really enjoyed the encouragement frm the marshalls along the way, it was just so enjoyable. Made my day!! Certainly will be there next year. Good organisation by the Swanley and District Runners. Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: Superb festive race!!!!! In full: Did the race in full Santa outfit. Plenty of fancy dress around, although about 80% of the field didn't make the effort which is disappointing.
Loved the course, went through the 4 mile mark in a PB by nearly a minute, which is weird considering my getup!!!!! All the mile markers were bang on as well accroding to my garmin...
The only slight niggle I would say is that it wassn't sign posted at all to get to the car park. 2 or 3 signs in Swanley town centre would have stopped me and many other driving around aimlessly trying to find the race. Well marshalled though, and good support around the start finish area. Plenty of kids around loving the mass of santas and festive surroundings. Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: Starts the festive season off with a bang In full: Was it just my impression but are less and less people making the effort to do this in fancy dress each year. Even so some of those that did made the whole thing worth while, gorillas chickens and the usual festive costumes all made an appearance Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: Not a big city marathon, but a well organised event on a challenging course In full: Well worth the entry fee, no frills, but a well organised race. A 3 lap course, so you know what to expect after the first lap, although "that" hill at 5.5, 13.5 and 21.5 is a killer the last time round. Recommend for first timers but make sure you do some inclines in your training plan. Date of review: December 10, 2005
In short: Using Grim 8 was my first off road race (jumping in at the deep end) but great fun! In full: Not as bad as I 'feared'. Managed to get runner's knee from it though, most likely due to the fact that I hadn't included any hill training what so ever in my road only running. Didn't see the medals being handed out - so got to come back to do it one more time :-) Date of review: December 9, 2005