In short: First one this year - loved it! Glorious weather with snow on the mountains probably helped In full: Advertised, on the club website as 'not a race for the faint hearted'. The undulating route, the length of the Haweswater valley and back, is sufficient to make that a fair comment but the overall feel of the race should allow anybody to enter and feel welcome. Superbly well organised and marshalled throughout (only slight gripe was that the first water station appered to misjudge the rate at which runners would go through and struggled to keep up with demand). Finishing momento is a mug - filled on demand with a hot fresh brew.
Well done to everybody involved with the race organisation - looking forward to meeting folks again next year. Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: Beautiful course though I wasn't expecting all those hills! In full: I enjoyed this race though there is definitely room for improvement on the part of the organisers...4 loos between 1,000 runners is not enough! Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: Not the easiest course for a first timer at 10K In full: I only entered this race as it was close to my dad's. I was disappointed that it was hilly. It was advertised as flat. There did seem to be a few first timers at the distance which made me feel more comfortable. In a couple of places there some snow/ice patches which made it slightly awkward (they were at inclines/declines). Even though I haven't rated the race as great, I would do it again, although the way I was feeling last night and this morning, I feel like never running again. Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: Excellent ....but oh that wind!! In full: Wasn't sure what to expect for this, but was pleasantly surprised. Easy to find, easy to park, no loo queues, and a reasonably easy run, except for the wind! I thought the 2km marker was a little misplaced, but overall a great morning. Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: Quite a pleasant race. No showers available afterwards a bit disappointing In full: I had been a bit apprehensive about this race after the snow we had last week, and was in two minds whether to run right up until I arrived in sunny Farndon, since I drove through rain and snow showers en route.
I only entered as part of my preparation for the Liverpool half-marathon in a fortnight, and was therefore a bit wary of the few remaining patches of snow and ice along the course.
Glad I made the effort though as my time of about 58 and a half minutes was a PB and my first sub-60 time in 4 attempts at the distance (I came in at 1:00:01 in my last 10k a fortnight ago). I can therefore recommend this one for anybody looking for a PB - if I can do it...
The only real disappointment was that there were no showers or changing facilities available as advertised - a bit of a pain with an hour's drive home. The medal wasn't the nicest in the world, but then again, I'm sure very few of us compete for the momentoes - the PB was more than enough for me!!! Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: Great organisation from the Thanet folk as ever In full: Good venue and good organisation and support from marshalls and drink stations etc - an enjoyable day out Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: Very good cause but lack of organisation. In full: It was obviously the first time this run had been organised, and although it was for a great charity, and there was a good and friendly crowd there, the lack of planning or firm organisation meant that it started late and the course was not clear. There were also no distance markets and no proper start or finish. However, all the organisers were very friendly and helpful and did the best they could, and it was a beautiful course right round hyde park and the serpentine. Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: Well organised fast race through scenic countryside In full: Excellent race. Very fast flat course, shaved 4 mins off my previous PB, through stunning countryside. Well organised and marshalled. Water out of bottles rather than plastic cups which you can't drink out of. Distance markers now provided unlike before but agree with comments about suspect accuracy at the end - especially having run the 8th K in 2 mins (if only!!). Will be back in September. Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: Great course, a definate PB'er if conditions allow ! In full: Unfortunately it was a very very cold day, which I think probably spoiled the atmosphere somewhat as people weren't hanging around after the race. I felt a few more marshalls shouting encouragment would have helped.
Overall though, a good enough run, and flat enough to allow for a PB for sure. Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: Muddy, wet, a great day out In full: It was a glorious day which made this race great fun. It was well marshalled by friendly people and everything seemed well organised. The run itself was around farmers fields, over hay bales, across piles of tyres and through very cold streams (the 50-100m in the stream near the end is VERY cold!). You will get wet up to your waist at least ;-)
I didn't see the bouncey castles and other kids activities that where promised on the publicity - not sure what happened to these? Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: Another first class event, a superb addition to the SiS/2:09 events listing. Mike Gratton and his team have done another excellent job. Well done and thankyou. In full: A very flat, gentle easy paced course. Ideal setting. Easy to get to. Plenty of parking, traffic free. No delays on leaving. A bit on the chilly side but then you can't have everything! Brilliantly organised as usual. A perfect way to kick of a Sunday morning. I will be back next year for more. Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: Plenty of big guys (like me) getting around in a respectable sub 60. See you at the XTT triathlon ...If I manage to stay off the beer and curry until September ! Date of review: March 6, 2006