In short: PB potential...when the weather is dry!! In full: This is a local race for me as I work on Cranwell. I was a little disappointed with the facilities at the start and finish considering the amenities that are available on the station. The start lacked shelter and somewhere for the early birds to congregate which wasn't amusing considering the bloody cold weather. The finish was a similar affair although the hot drink was most welcome. The marshalling was excellent and very enthusiastic!! The race had a good batch of slower runners, but I always find it heartbreaking when the organisers start packing the finish away before everyone is home. If you aren't prepared to wait for everyone then limit your entry to racing snakes! Date of review: March 1, 2006
In short: A bit like the curate's steak...tough in places! In full: This race had a good feel and was a really good workout. Forget the PB's though, there are some pretty tough inclines!. Nice area to run but this was marred slightly by the traffic noise through some areas. They apologised for a detour through a park (due to roadworks) but this actually was a very pleasant diversion. The staff hung on in the cold, keeping the finish intact for the slow runners, an excellent practice which some organisers fail to do. Definitely worth the trip. Date of review: March 1, 2006
In short: enjoyable race In full: . . . made slightly more challenging by the rather windy conditions along the lower sea wall - by the second lap you're looking for groups of runners to hide behind! Friendly atmosphere, encouraging marshalls and jelly babies on lap 2!! Date of review: March 1, 2006
In short: Hills over hyped! In full: Missed the start by 8 mins due to the queues out of the sports hall and down the narrow path to the start. However, given the cold weather was grateful to have been able to wait in the warm hall at all! Compared to previous races there was more interaction with traffic than I would like. However, marshalls were great and some good support.
Overall I didn't find the hills that much worse than Watford - it was all in the one 'killer' hill, which I had to finish at walking pace, but the well-timed down hill sections made up for it (the last 2 miles were almost all at a pleasant down hill gradient!) Date of review: March 1, 2006
In short: Excellent race and very well organized In full: A very well organized race. I must say I liked the classical music in the toilets!! The only thing I would say is that the facilites were a bit basic. After 20 miles of freezing cold wind it would be nice to go into a warm building and not a cold tent. Date of review: March 1, 2006
In short: Must buy shoes with some grip In full: Could have done without the horses and i think they could have done without the runners - one of two of the geegees got a bit nervous & we wouldn't any rider to be thrown or hurt. Not sure to sove this problem as the trails are open to all. Enjoyed the race very much, a good work out and a good distance, very encouraging marshals too. Date of review: March 1, 2006
In short: Cold, Windy, big hill@2-3mile, good race In full: Good organisation. Mile markers were missing I assume blown away. A good race with possible PB potential without the wind. Date of review: March 1, 2006
In short: Good run for beginners and experienced alike In full: Probably the most accurate decription of "undulating" that I've come across. First run this year and only 2 mins of PB. Turn up early to avoid parking problems. Recommended. Date of review: March 1, 2006
In short: Excellent organisation and great stewarding! In full: This race was really well organised, the marshalling was excellent with smiley encouraging faces and local Cadets helping out. The course is pretty easy going with just a few inclines, nothing too bad. The wife stayed at the start and was impressed by the events planned for the fans. A very enjoyable race and I would return. The only issue is the poor views on offer once we had left the start. This is all housing estates and the organisors were unlucky there was a burnt out car on the route! Still good value for money and a very nicely done medal as well!
In short: A thoroughly enjoyable day out - despite the conditions In full: OK I own up! as one of the organisers, I thought it a good idea to get a runner's view. The Marshalls were fantastic and in the right place; the water stations were not as good as could be (but better than last time); mile markers had been blown away - I spotted only 3, but then I knew where I was going. And as for the hill....... the web site does say "towards Beachy Head" which every one should know is a BIG cliff, so don't complain about the hill! Could have done with more atmosphere at the Start/Finish, but as everyone was frozen solid, I thought it still felt good. Date of review: March 1, 2006
In short: Very good organisation, a nice race all round. In full: A few minor niggles:- - results - as a vet I'd like to see where I came relative to the other old farts - but there was no age indication on the results - mile markers - I didn't see many past 5 miles - blown away? - marshalls - generally excellent - but maybe a few more round the tight turns in the marina - I nearly went the wrong way twice - water stations - need to be a bit more prominant, with more people to hand out cups. Date of review: March 1, 2006