In short: toughest race so far for me. first time i have ever stopped running in any race - in order to get up that hill and still get a good time. enjoyed it big time though! Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Ouch!! In full: One of my favourites. It is soul destroying to know that once you have done first lap, you have to do it all over agin. Thankls SLH. Nice Race!! Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: I have never run up a hill like that! In full: I am well aware that you can't have a race in Crowborough without some ups and downs but that HILL is exceptional. I am sure it is near vertical at one point! I have run many races, from 10M to marathon, but never seen a hill like that. As this was my first 10K, I got a PB but I am confident I can beat it on any other course! Very well organised , thanks! Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Nice flat, fast course In full: Despite having got lost in Portsmouth and arriving with only 8 minutes to spare, this race was really enjoyable and I got a PB which makes it even better ! Excellent organisation, marshalling and mile marking. Even the weather was good ! Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: That is one serious hill! In full: Despite it being cold and damp (what would one expect in December, anyway!) this was a seriously challenging race for a newcomer to 10K like me. The course has the right blend of challenging hills and downhills to help a little recovery for the second lap. Chose to avoid the ford (did'nt want to get wet feet - wimp!)The defining characteristic of the course is the hill and that is enough to make me return next year in an effort to improve my time. Well worth the trip from sunny Essex. Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: I thought the Sodbury Slog was hard!!! In full: When I was told it was hilly, I thought a few gentle inclines. Next year it will be walking boots and poles!! My poor knees, I feel a lot of hill training is needed to give it my best. A personal waorst for the distance but a great day out! Well don Crewkerne Runners. Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Glorious mud lots of it - excellent fun - a must do! In full: Fab race - great organisation and good local support.Lots of deep muddy puddles and strength sapping muddy inclines but lots of great down hills too - great down hill sprint to the finish - which is particularly welcoe - nice momentos as well - the engraved champagne glass was an interesting contrast to the mud caked recipients ! Great showers and hot choc an cakes afterwards - what a fun way to spend a winter sunday - would recommend 100% Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Really good 5k and mini dash but a dissapointed 2yr old with no balloon/goodybag In full: A really friendly and fun race that i would definatly recomend to anyone, with a couple of small negative points.
I did the 5k, then the mini dash with my 2year old niece who really enjoyed it but was a bit dissapointed at the end because after being promised a balloon and goody bag after crossing the finish, there were none left!
was also a bit annoyed about the PA man announcing that all the childern from the mini dash had finished when there were still quite a few running, causing my sisters and parents to panic that my niece had got injured!
A very friendly policewoman also helped make it special for my niece by holding her hand and swinging her to the finish line!
Other than that, it was a really good day and will definatly do it again. Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Excellent 3 lap event with the usual like-clockwork organisation. In full: The three lap format does make this race mentally tough. Although the hills are not major, the regularity of them presents a more difficult change than usual. Efficie nt organisation, supportive marshalling, and race full to limit. The relay runners spice things up, and its great if you can latch on to on in the final lap to pull you through (as I did). Lovely medal, t-shirt and goody-bag - so good value. Thanks to Stopsley Striders and Dunstable RAoad Runners - I'll be back in 2006! Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Please get the route and distance right next time In full: Last year it was supposed to be 3.5m and ended up 5K, this year it was supposed to be 5K and turned out to be 3.5m. I know its a fun run, but it would be nice to know how long the race is before you get to 3 miles. All of the other 15 races I have done this year have been the distance they were supposed to be, how hard can it be? Also telling people that the route has changed before they start would be a nice touch. The goody bags were excellent, and it was generally good fun and well organised, but the minor niggles spoiled a fun day. Date of review: December 4, 2005