In short: Amazing race, perfectly organised. My 1st AR race, organisers v helpful. Well worth it In full: This was my first AR race, certainly not my last. Great value for what u get, superb organisation. Helpers to aid you in plotting, route planning etc. Mandatory kit checks to ensure u have the essentials shud anything happen. Superb scenery, will certainly test ur endurance but well worth it Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: just watch out for those BIG puddles (hehehe) In full: this was yet again a super race thou those puddles (LAKES) are absolutly cccoold & fun too. I would like to express my thanks to the RED CROSS for their help to me after the race as i suffer from kidney Stones, and yes i will be back next year to break this years personal best (according to my Garmin i did it in 1hr.13m.37 compared to last years of 1hr.19m.37s Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: A no-nonsense PB course In full: A great race to enter for a PB attempt. Cool weather, flat and fast course, nice organisation, well-marshalled, good facilities and......a P.B. 38m 35s in my case but the first time I've achieved under 40 m in 20 attempts! (Mind you, I lost nearly a stone to get my time down so it wasn't just the course!!!) Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Oh I do like to be beside the seaside! In full: Lived up to expectations (which is lucky, because this was the race that kept me training these last few months).
A friendly but not-too-big field. Certainly not crowded.
Course is pretty flat with just a few twists and turns so no worries about the race plan - just charge off and stick to the pace. My first time at 10 miles, so PB of course, but I did even better than my most optimistic target time.
Sea air was fresh, rather than bracing. I think we were lucky with the weather.
Views out to sea are pleasant, else it's the rather relentless concrete of the prom and the somewhat tacky seaside frontage. But musn't grumble - this is the great British seaside in its raw glory.
Organisation was fine. Usual queues for toilets - tihs seem the case at almost every race.
Contrary to another reviewer I saw every mile marker, although I concede that the 9 mile mark was a bit edge-on. Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: SANTA DASH U CAN HAVE A LAUGH ! In full: Excellent event well organised and really friendly atmosphere. Got a real buzz from the parade of all the santas to the start a real good laugh cant wait to do it again. See everyone next year I hope plus a couple more thousand would be great.
In short: A well established and good end of year road marathon In full: As ever a well organised and marshalled event. Nice medal and goody bag. Excellent changing and shower facilities. One small critisism - for slower runners the last two drinks stations had packed up. When youare tired this is always disappointing Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: well well this really is so much fun (but not when you fall head first into the ice cold water pits).a change from the norm you cant help run with a smile on your face.a most for all. Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: A race you can make as easy or as hard as you choose / feel, great marshalling and adequate water stations. Please MORE TOILETS & water bottles not cups would be nice making drinking easier. Overall very good organisation definately do it again In full: Very well organised, Thank you it makes a big difference BUT more toilets please!!! A course you can make as easy or as hard as you choose / feel, great marshalling and water stations although it would be better if the water came in small bottles making drinking easier. Disappointingly not a PB for me today as awake with 2 young children on & off during the night but still enjoyed the fresh sea air. THANK YOU Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: LOVED IT! Got a PB and the hills weren't so bad! In full: Did this last year and came back for more.. shaved 28 minutes off my PB so am well happy! The hills were a bit nasty but didn't really hit the wall this year and made it to 22 miles before I slowed. Organisation fantastic.. yes Luton isn't the prettiest of places and local support was ok - the kids through the housing estate were the best but I really enjoyed it and the relay adds that little bit extra. Will be back! Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Running as Santa - great fun In full: Good race but early start. Great goody bag and medal. Santa suits are very hot to run in so I didn't - walked it and got some great photos. Will do this every year. Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Beautiful day in a beautiful part of the world. In full: A couple of stewards not overly encouraging but a beautiful day in scenic surroundings made up for this. Prior to race our 14yr old son asked to use the toilets in the Mountbatten Centre and was refused entry, staff not helpful. Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Good race. In full: Lots of parking, good changing facilities, friendly bunch, fast route, marshalls urging you on, xmas pud as you cross the line, excellent refreshments for runners and supporters, and the town itself is well worth a look (good pub grub) Date of review: December 4, 2005