In short: Great Event. Lucky with the weather. Love the coast route In full: Only three wekks for my Marathon in Rome and the training has been just about OK! This was my big test and did ok and thanks to all the marshals who had great words of support and good fun. Drove from Reading to do this and loved the views. Thanks to all those involved and the other runners who give so much support. Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: fast,cold, sunny, windy last 3miles but got a PB!! In full: Really surprised today as flew round, it seemed flatter than the 10K, must be the small crowd this year, next year it will be very busy but will be there!!!! Enjoyed, even last 3 miles with a headwind pretty strong, great, well done to all organises and fabulous marshalls, real support at every corner!!! Thanks so much. Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Very enjoyable, lovely views, scenery etc, poor pre race organisation. In full: I completely agree with most of the comments - lovely scenery, particularly in the sunshine but only toilets in the clubhouse. I never thought I would pine for portaloos. This was really shambolic and several people missed the start as a result.
I spent ages trying to find out about the route beforehand but as there was no pre race info or website, it was impossible.
Nevertheless, I really enjoyed it - it is a lovely, definitely undulating route and I got a massive PB!! Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: No sign of Clarkson or Hamster, but at least I wasn't Captain Slow :) In full: At the risk of adding to the "gushing"... I thoroughly enjoyed this race too. In 4 years of racing I haven't seen better organisation for this type of event. The rural location, added to the knowledge that we were treading the hallowed grounds of the Top Gear, made it quite special for me. I shall definitely do this again... and hope that next time it's slightly less windy so that I can have a decent pop at my PB ! Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Great day out, I'll come back next year. In full: First half is hilly enough to keep you interested but not demoralised. Second half is flat and straight but the scenery makes up for it. My first time here and I thought the Marshals did a great job. Bottled water was great, better than the tap water in plastic cups that can turn up at bigger events. Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Great Series In full: The beauty of this event is the location... fabulous - no hang on its the fact there are three events and you can tale your pick ....no it's really the organisation - very slick - it could be the reception when you get in or just all of these things coming together to make a great event - Well Done Just Racing. Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Lovely run let down by poor organisation In full: Beautiful run and a challenging course which I welcomed.
However - toilet facilities were useless. There was a massive bottleneck at the start which meant I walked over the start line. The drinks were really poorly organised - there was a queue at the first one (which was too late anyway). There was no half way marker that I could see. The village around the half way point with a single width road was dangerous - with all the runners, and cars coming both ways - I saw people nearly hit, others being forced up the steep banks of the roads and everyone having their pace interrupted.
The pre-race information was non-existant - no course/route information, no directions (although being fairly local that was not a major problem for me), no information on number of water stations or when they were. Absolutely nothing to help you prepare for the race.
Struck me that it was an event organised by non-runners. Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Scenic two-lap race mainly on quiet country roads with glorious wintry sunshine. In full: Returned after 2005 and enjoyed this year's event even more. To me, the course is reasonably flat, the norfolk countryside is very attractive and peaceful (apart from an irate driver who seemed upset with the race causing him to wait!, and hearing a full-blown argument reverbriating from a farmhouse that seemed to get loader as I got further away!!);friendly competitors (I ran the whole race next to a complete stranger and forgot to even introduce ourselves), and the marshalls (like Bury last week) were wonderfully encouraging in the cold. The weather was glorious but the wind had an arctic feel to it when it got going.
This is the quintessence of a friendly/low-key/village event that welcomes everyone and you're made to feel special as you cross that finish-line. Thanks to Wymondham AC - will be back in 2007 Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: A great start to a sunday morning In full: Well organised race along beautiful country lanes. A fast race and a friendly, enthusuastic crowd. My first race after having a baby!! Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Beautiful day and a scenic course. Very well marshalled. some brutal little climbs, but otherwise fast. Knowing the area well, not sure why we had quite so many 360 loops and twists and turns. Date of review: March 5, 2006