In short: Dense Fog, cold conditions, just got over a stinking cold and I still managed a PB!! Its got to be a fast course. In full: Found the course to be fast. I think the circuit of the airfield would be a bit tedious if I could have seen it! As it was I was more concerned about loosing sight of the runners in front in the fog. The airfield section did provide a surprise with a not so small deer running running over the path in front of me.
In short: What was otherwise very well organised was severely blighted by a very poorly organised start. What happened?????? Congratulations to all the other marshalls (apart from those at the start!!) for an otherwise well organised run. Date of review: December 12, 2005
In short: This was my first road run and I was disappointed. In full: As I live near the race, I was suprised that the route followed 3 major roads in the area. This made the first 4 miles of the run unpleasant as you had cars driving fast right behind you and often runners got honked at. The finish was also about a 15 minute walk from the start which was a little odd, especially as no marshalls were directing runners back. Date of review: December 12, 2005
In short: Challenging course through dull residential streets. Great goody bag though. In full: May do this one again. The course was challenging was a couple of small bumps to test the legs. Apart from a short leg the race was through boring residential streets and along main roads. Particularly on the housing estates if was dodgy with the cars. Good weather for the race, enjoyed the stadium part (felt like I was in the Olypmics!), well organised and marshalled and bizarre goody bag. Would consider doing it again but wouldn't be upset if I missed this one when there are so many other races. Date of review: December 12, 2005
In short: Tough In full: Always nice to have a start and finish at the stadium. Very undulating, with one part of the course verging into XC territory.
Well-organised though, and I have no big criticisms. Although the goody bag was perplexing (I'm happy with just a kit kat and an energy drink) and the finisher's t-shirt a bit ropey (anyone finishing a race that hard deserves a medal!)
But a good workout for me, and I'm glad I did it. Date of review: December 12, 2005
In short: Good, but too foggy to see the scenery! In full: Very enjoyable race, even though my face was so cold at the end that I couldn't speak! Unimpressive time, but my training has also been unimpressive. I'll be hopeful of a pb here next year! Only downside was that the km markers were a bit unevenly spaced around the airfield by my reckoning. Excellent organisation otherwise. I hope plenty of money was raised for the hospice charity. Date of review: December 12, 2005
In short: Well done GGAC on organising an excellent race! Fun course (despite the ice!) and very well organised. In full: First Hogs Back run and will defintely be back for more next year. Very nice of the organisers to add bonus 1/2 mile at the finish on top of the 8 miles advertised - a bit of a surprise! Organisation was excellent and the bag retrieval system was extremely efficient. 2006 first timers beware, its quite a long and chilly walk back to the car park from the finish - take plenty of clothing. Only thing that could be imporved would be to remind the marshalls to be a bit more vocal in their support. Did a great job, but much quiter than the Guildford G3 crowd who give runners a real lift. This aside, a great job and an excellent race. Thanks Date of review: December 12, 2005
In short: Good race! shame about the start though. In full: Very well organised race with an abundance of jolly marshalls. Yes the start was a bit muddled but it didn't detract from what is a good race. Nice T-shirt momento aswell
Well done Bedford Harriers Date of review: December 12, 2005
In short: A good race when the sun came out just after the start. Not as hilly as I remember from last year too! In full: I really enjoyed this race. I finally broke my half marathon 2 hour goal (after 5 attempts!) and took over 9 minutes off my personal best just three weeks ago at St Neots. I've not sure how but I just had a fantastic race. Really well marshalled. Well done Bedford Harriers. Date of review: December 12, 2005
In short: It's already been said, 'Fun, great atmos' In full: Everyone very friendly. Country sidey bits very nice. Hilly bits not so good with slight hangover. Nice to get xmas pud at the end. Date of review: December 12, 2005
In short: Enjoyed the race, but what happened at the start??? We didn't hear any starting countdown or gun, but suddenly we were off! Still, nice scenery, friendly marshalls and a good overall experience, despite the hills! Date of review: December 12, 2005
In short: Started with a slight cold and in foggy weather. Finished in sunshine and in under 2 hours, and feeling fine. Made my weekend. In full: This is a local race for me so will be on my regular race calendar. Also ran it last year but this year's experience wa much better. Mick & Phil the Marathon Lads finished ahead of me too! Date of review: December 12, 2005