In short: Great race, good time despite the hills! In full: Cold start to the day didn't stop the enjoyment of the race. We all huddled tight together for the start and for the first couple of km so kept warm that way! I don't know what you are all moaning about the car for, I rose up over the A5 bridge and thought I was in Narnia! Snow everywhere! Yippee! Oh no, it was just the foam...
Anyway very much enjoyed the race, thanks. One thing though, I found the stop at the end very sudden and waiting around in the queue to get out meant I cooled off really quick and got very cold waiting. Took me ages to warm up again! Please let us out to warm down and get a jumper next time! Will be back next year. Well done Tamworth. Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: Views clouded due to running the race with a sprained ankle. don't mind me. In full: Nice, flat easy course. Not so good that the paths weren't closed off for the race or anything - there were people walking around with dogs and buggies and other obstacles, which wasn't so great. Nice day for it. They could have done with some water at the end, and it wouldn't have hurt to have got some portaloos in either. Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: They can't help the weather but... In full: Obviously the hideous weather is not up to any of us, however I have a few other comments: milemarkers were out and sometimes skipped. The route was too narrow in places. I am one who thrives on hills and mud and started to pick up going uphill, however could not run my own pace due to people bunching up and the path being too narrow! I did not mind the mud as I wear shoes for roadrunning that are hybrids so can cope with it, but it was lethal for those in racing flats and less grippy shoes! I carry my own water, as I generally cannot cope with water stations, but these could be better placed! Had several run ins with marshalls, people stopping for drinks and loads of cups blowing all over the place! The fizzy drink should have been in the goodybag! And I prefer to use my own chip so I dont have to take it off at the end. I like to keep jogging after I finish to cool down, which was impossible, as I was harrassed by people with medals standing ON THE CHIPMATS! Then obstructed by a very narrow exit of the start area and by someone who wanted my chip... which I dropped off later, once cooled down and stretched. Am I the only one who cannot stop dead and be happy immediately after a sprint finish of a tough and cold half marathon? Lack of changing facilities and showers was an issue, especially in this weather!
Having said all that, I did run a pb regardless of the weather and an old injury playing up and reckon it can be a fast course, especially in better weather! I loved running downhill on the grass! Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: Good race(oohh me legs)...weather arrrgghh In full: First 1/2.and it has't put me off.Organisation was excellent,especially with the weather making things tough.Mud portion took a bit of getting used to,but I'll learn for maybe next time and be a bit fitter myself,still I did finish it with limbs intact. Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: Friendly, well-organised race and enthusiastic marshalls despite the awful weather. In full: Was running rather than racing this as a pre-London long Sunday race, but was so enthused by the support of the marshalls and friendliness of fellow runners that I ended up running it a lot faster than planned. Part of that was also the desire to get out of the driving cold rain which really picked up in the second half.
Good facilities - first race I've ever been to where there was no queue for the ladies' - and the transition from the 10 to 20 mile race was handled well. I thought a two-loop course would be demoralising in the second half but it wasn't a problem at all. The course was nice and flat - a couple of minor inclines - without too many twists and turns so a definite PB course for those racing.
I too would have preferred a medal - the hats were a great idea but did not take account of the smallest amongst us: mine looks like a tea cosy and slips down over my eyes, so sadly I won't be able to wear it out running. Runners treasure their medals, even if they do end up at the back of a drawer, so a longer-lasting memento would have been a bonus.
All in all, an excellent race and I would definitely do it again. Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: You need to improve the weather! In full: Took a long time to find my bag after the race. Bags should really be stored in race number order. Otherwise a very well-organised race. Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: Challenging weather conditions make for an interesting race! In full: All credit to the marshalls for being relentlessly cheerful and supportive in foul weather. I found this a tough course, running into the wind and rain, but strip out the weather and it was a good course, with enough undulation to test your resolve. Lovely to run through the Lanes. Well done, Sussex Beacon. Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: Tough but enjoyable In full: Was anyone running up the steeper hills? I was a bit slower than I thought I would be but it was my first time. If you get caught towards the back then the first mile or so is slow because of the density of runners, however that may not be such a bad thing as there is more to come. Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: Fairly steep hill near beginning sorts the men from the boys In full: I think 2005 was first year of run. This was also my first race. Flat start fooled me into running too fast so short steep hill put me in my place; glad to see water station at top. Tape marking part of course had been removed by some young lads so I missed out the undulating section around the nine springs and recorded a very respectable time (for me). Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: The mud was welcome under my feet as it meant no more cold wind in my face! In full: So it wasn't a perfect day but I admired the people who came out to cheer us, the runners, on. I agree with other runners, the guy cheering you on near the lagoon was very enthusiastic and much appreciated.
As for PB potential, I took nearly 20 minutes of my GNR time. Give me mud, wind and rain as opposed to people any time.
The organisers deserve special thanks as the amount of effort they put in to raise the heights of bollards with cardboard, roping off dangerous areas etc was exceptional. Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: The weather made it a challenging event. In full: The double wave start was a good idea, but there did not appear to be a finish time guide for people to start by. Also the start area width was a bit too narrow. The 1st half of the course was good and the 2nd half a quite undulating & made harder by the wind and rain. The grassy/muddy track on the return was 'interesting'. All this said it was a well organised day with plenty of shelter from the wind & rain and a traffic free warm up area. Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: I like to run beside the seaside In full: A staggered start made it easy to get away, and meant that the first few hundred yards thinned the crowds nicely. A really flat and fast out section along the top of the sea wall with the wind at everyone's backs was good fun, but a long return leg into the wind and up a few hills was a bit of a slog. Enjoyed the whole event and lovely views, but a couple of minor things: the drinks tables could be longer as there isn't much space (even the same number of drinks marshalls, but more spread out would be good), and, as someone else has mentioned its a bit narrow in places, especially the muddy ones! Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: looking for a long run at threshold pace with 15minute of steep hills , look on further !! , acurate course description on website , a challenging race esp with two big hill climbs within the first 2 miles , used a HR monitor to control my pace Date of review: February 21, 2006