In short: Wet, windy, very cold and muddy In full: Good start to the run but once you get to the 10 mile marker you could see the problem that were head of you. The mud grass was very dangerous as I did see a few runners slipping or falling in the mud. It would be good if the road could be be used for that part of the race, as it would stop runners for slipping and falling Date of review: February 22, 2006
In short: Cold, wet, windy and mud In full: A great run, despite the weather. Thank you to the gentleman who picked me up out of the mud and let me wipe my hands on his fleece - his kindness was a real help over the last mile, when I was feeling wet, cold and covered in mud. Date of review: February 22, 2006
In short: Great run to set the tone for the rest of the year In full: Well organised race over a diverse scenery (nice burnt out car!)with one or two challenging inclines. Pre and post race free massage tent; what more can a runner aske for? Got a PB, so will be back next year Date of review: February 22, 2006
In short: Great people, great day, will do next year! In full: Started with rain, but turned out to be a fair day, great people and marshalls and organisers were fantastic! Fantastic Medal and great touch with names on T-Shirt, look forward to next year! Date of review: February 22, 2006
In short: Watch out for the hill and smoking car! In full: Really enjoyed the race despite an average time, just don't target it for a PB. The half-way hill seemed to end any hopes of a that after a good first half, but it added to the race. Maybe I should have read last year's posts:-) All in all, very well organised and friendly, would definitely do it again. Shame about the scenery but the start/finish was good and the Mayoress was lovely bless her. Date of review: February 22, 2006
In short: Great! In full: Third year (and still no PB) but well worth it. Not as cold as previous years, but still 'bracing'! Really enjoyed going to see the animals afterwards - makes a real day of the event. Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: Enjoyable and pretty well organised in lovely surroundings In full: This time last year i'd only ever run 5Ks but i've now started branching out after biting the bullet and doing the GNR last year -havn't run at Woburn before but thought it a fantastic setting and it was good to make a family day out of it with hubbie and children. By getting there in good time and staying for a few hours afterwards we didn't have any traffic problems - apart from the amount of time it took to get round the safari park circuit, because so many people stopped for so long to look at the lions before moving on ! I really enjoyed the day and ran a bit quicker than I was expecting - I will definitely be back again, and would recommend it to any fairly new runner. Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: My first race. Very impressed with the organisation and friendlyness. In full: Arrived early with my running buddy. Early start from the Isle of Wight but well worth the effort. An excellent course, learnt a lot from the day like making sure laces were done and usde the loo before you go, cost me 4 minutes. With nothing else to compare the event too I wil be impressed if other events better this day. Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: Many slippery stones, but flat. In full: The race was suited to those at the front as you could see the slipery stones ahead and could pick a better line. There was a huge gap btween the front 10 and the rest which meant the person leading the rest could not always see the runner a head was therefore worried about turning the wrong way. However a PB was achieved and so it was worth the coldness and lenth of time to reach the venue. Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: Did we all do the same run? In full: Great organisation or bad organisation. Hilly or flat. Great medal or bad. I'm confused.
Yes the traffic was a problem especially on the way out but I don't really see what the organisers can do to make it better. It's a popular run and most people are going to finish around the same time which means everyone leaving the estate at the same time on single track roads. I took the advice given and got their early and had no problems getting in. Perhaps that was some peoples fault in not leaving enough time.
I really enjoyed it thought there was a good friendly atmosphere. The course is great though I failed to see the reported Lions, Bears!!!!! and Antelopes let alone the 'spooked' Girafes. There were a few bemused looking camels at the start though which was nice. There was a bit of congestion at the start and the dreaded 'stop' 'starting, but this may have be down to everyone trying to get away quickly before the commentator repeated the same old joke about late arrivers and post 60 min runners getting re-directed through the Lions enclosure. Amusing once but by the 3rd-4th time I wanted to run away fast. Date of review: February 21, 2006