In short: It's impossible to sum this race up into one line! In full: I ran this for the first time last year and even though it's one of the toughest ultras on road I went back for more this year, and knocked 36 minutes off last year's time!
The organisation and support was fantastic and runners are made to feel really special, before during and after the race.
And yes...everything hurts, but the experience more than makes up for it.
The icing on the cake for me this year was winning my category!
In short: Fantastic atmosphere very friendly In full: A very well run race worth travelling from Alton for. Only if the weather had been better the whole day would have been brilliant Date of review: June 6, 2005
In short: Well organised race with a carnival atmosphere. Great Crowd! In full: This race is a very good race for the beginner, with over 500 competitors this year with a huge range of abilities. There is also some talent in the field with some fast times over quite an undulating terrain. There are hills up to about 6Km then the last 4km is flat or downhill. Great crowds too, there was just as many people watching as their were competing. Bottle of water and energy bar at the end with a medal. Date of review: June 6, 2005
In short: Superb, thankyou In full: My first 10K at age 61. Superbly organised and marshalled. Thank you Bedford Harriers. Please repeat the event! Visiting family agree absolutely! Date of review: June 6, 2005
In short: Nice In full: Really enjoyed start/finish on track (isn't 400 metres a long way?). A fair bit of traffic on course but that is the only downside to a really good friendly run. Marshals were superb by the way - a big thanks to them all. Date of review: June 6, 2005
In short: Fatastic race, superb support In full: Running at the back I thought I'd be running a very lonely race. How very wrong I was. The marshalls were great, the st Johns ambulance was continually checking up, the guy in the radio car cheered me up that many hills I felt I had known him for years and the photographer was, I'm sure, lurking in the bushes constantly, jumping out whenever I started walking. And that's not to mention the RW Forum's own photo & video wagon.
Immense congratulations to the organisers and all involved for an absolutely fantastic time. Date of review: June 6, 2005
In short: I should have gone further to the front of the running group as lots of women couldn't run all the way round! Major bottlenecks! In full: A pleasant off-road run. Great atmosphere. The route was off-road round the park and common-land. There were however so many of us and parts of the route were through narrow wooded areas or cordoned off recently mown grass that there were some nasty bottlenecks where runners stopped to walk and didn't move to one side for those of us still wanting to run! But the overall atmosphere was great. A good first race for my friend who's just taken up running. Date of review: June 6, 2005
In short: A quick easy charity race suitable for everyone In full: If you are verging on whether or not you will start running going to a race for life meet is a great idea. If you are a serious runner you need to start at the front and although no results are published there is still healthy competition and atmosphere. Beginners can take their time and see how they do without the worry of being last in a more serious race. Raise some sponsor money and help a good cause. I started at the front for this one and found it a good 5k course with a hill all of the 4th km but no killer. Start further back and expect a wait to start and a crowded one. Fantastic beginner charmer. Date of review: June 6, 2005
In short: Scenery really makes the race In full: A lovely run and not as hilly as you might expect. Very well-marshalled. The only downside was some of the inconsiderate motorists on the narrow lanes. Maybe some "caution runners" signs would be useful in future events? Date of review: June 6, 2005
In short: PB potential!, just tell the truth In full: It was a very undualting course and I can't believe anybody did a PB. Organisation and race were fine (after hearing horror stories). Shame it is not being run next year, just needs more honest advertising. Date of review: June 6, 2005
In short: The Start needs to be fixed. In full: All the late arrivals started from the front due to the very poor Start arrnagements. I spent half the race overtaking slow, late arrivals. Need to be fixed.
In short: Short? In full: It was my first ever 5KM race and I'd trained hard for 8 weeks, running approx 4 x 5KM a week by the end. The start was frustrating - many walkers hearded at the front while the runners were left to trip up over them to get away. (If the tannoy had been louder and the signs better then this might not have happened.) At places the "run" became a bottleneck "stand". My pedometer read 3.5KM at the end. On the up-side - a worthy cause and some very supportive stewards. Date of review: June 6, 2005