In short: great, tough race In full: My first ever race and what a tough choice it was. That hill really knocked the stuffing out of me (twice!) -but I'll be back. Never having done a race before I have nothing to compare it with but I must say the marshalling seemed suberb -Well done Crowborough Runners. Date of review: December 5, 2005
In short: Nice to get away from the urban 'sprawl'! In full: Apart from the GSK factory (although they do support the organising club which is good to see) the route leads through country lanes, through a small housing estate, the out into the scenic countryside before looping back. Well signed route, friendly marshalls and a good mix of runners, topped off with a Christmas pud to nice. I could have done with a bowl, spoon and some brandy sauce!! See you next year! Date of review: December 5, 2005
In short: What goes down comes back up (twice) In full: This was supposed to be my home town race, but that anther story! Even though I know the local area, I still got caught out by the steepness of the hill up Palesgate. To do it twice was a really killer. Despite the hills and the fact that I arrived late & didn’t have time for a warm up, I was still quite pleased was my finishing time.
A special mention for the organisation of the race, which was very well marshalled. I don’t think I’ve ever seen as many marshals before on a half marathon course before let alone a 10K.
In short: Quite a charming local race In full: Not really for total beginners. Would help to be better than 11 minutes a mile or else you will be left a bit stranded. Nice atmosphere overall. Date of review: December 5, 2005
In short: Well organised. Quite a quick track. Usual toilet inadequaciy. In full: I wish they wouldn't lump 60 year olds and 69 year olds into the same category. There is huge difference in ability due to the ageing process and it's NOT the same as 40 - 49. Date of review: December 5, 2005
In short: Despite the long downhill sections the big hill killed any chance of a PB In full: Enjoyable race, especially once its over. had read about the hill but was still hoping for a good time. Downhill sections are pretty good and long but that hill still messed up my time. Well organised by marshalls who have their work cut out with some of the car drivers. Strange layout with toilets and registration a 10 minute walk away from car park and start. Still a good enjoyable race and will be back to try and get up that hill abit faster. Date of review: December 5, 2005
In short: Again a good race, no t-shirt, a bit over priced without this! In full: Lot's of folks there, good atmosphere, a little slow in parts of the course where they channel everyone and having the big puddle right at the end if cruel. :-) Date of review: December 5, 2005
In short: Fantastic atmosphere - great fun - but no T- shirt!!! In full: This was the first off-road race I have done, but it was in fact the most fun race of all that I have done - I loved it and am now a convert. Agree with the other bloke though = nice medal, but a T-shirt would have been nice. Great event all in all. Date of review: December 5, 2005
In short: Good Fun - and possibly not as challenging as I thought it would be. NO T SHIRT tho! In full: With a major kit sponsor, there should have been a T-Shirt. Good medal though. will be back. Date of review: December 5, 2005
In short: Great Christmas Caper!!!! In full: The rain didn't dampen the spirits of the 300 or so Santas that did this race!!!!
The race is fairly good value with a santa suit water,medal and a mince pie for £10. Although my Santa trousers did fall down due to the string breaking, but it seemed to amuse the other runners so no harm done :)
Course was good, with some undulating a on big zig/zag up and down to the seafront.
Overall worth doing just for the surreal experience of all those Santa's!!!! Date of review: December 5, 2005