In short: With the route now well marshalled this event can only grow and grow. In full: Expect this event to become one of the challenges ! A great day out in the South Downs - only 4 significant climbs ! Date of review: May 2, 2006
In short: Mystery of the missing start line! In full: This is getting better each year as the organisation improves as (it seems) sponsorship increases, however this year there was one obvious problem. This is a fast, flat course with great PB potential, but at the beginning many of us were at a loss to locate the start line, which meant we all started our watches at different times! I know there was chip timing, but that doesn't help you know how you've done at the end. Next year make the start a bit more conspicuous and this one will be on its way to being a great, fast race. Date of review: May 2, 2006
In short: Good enough race, just not sure about the distance! In full: Don't get me wrong, this wasn't a bad run. It just wasn't particularly stunning. The support was pretty good, and the marshalls were all very encouraging. The course wasn't anything special, with a lot of the course on a main road. The mile marking was all wrong, I think I did a 5-minute mile (very unlikely), followed by a 9 minute mile (much more likely!). Luckily the weather had cheered up by the start of the race, which made the run itself quite enjoyable. Plenty of water stops... But WHY WHY WHY don't you get a bottle of water at the end? I couldn't find any, and I think you had to give an old lady 20p for a cup of squash! It is not just this race that I have had this problem, and I wonder how long it will be before somebody collapses because of lack of fluids post-race.
Anyhow, I seem to have given this run quite a bad rap, which is unfair, as it was very friendly, and very well managed (apart from the water!). I think I'll stop now! Date of review: May 2, 2006
In short: The scenic side of Watford! Nicely organised and friendly atmosphere. Couple of steep hills will make a PB hard but keep it interesting. In full: I love the family feel to this event. I can't wait until my kids are old enough to do the 1km fun run. Great race. Date of review: May 2, 2006
In short: One of the best runs I have ever done! In full: I love this race. Its got to be the best supported race I have ever done. From the brass band at the start to the jazz band half way round to the fantastic crowd, it's a really worthwhile run to do. The organisation is spot on and two water stations is an unusual and pleasant surprise on a 10k race. The start is a bit tough as it's all uphill but if you can dig in and get your head down for the beginning you're rewarded in the second half by easy downhill running. I love the sign "Last Hill!!" which motivated me no end and the long, downhill finish into the market place means even a slow runner like me can have an exciting and fast finishing sprint. Well done to Sarah and Malc for organising the race and the people of Kirkbymoorside for their support. Every runner was cheered into the finish with the same enthusiasm from the first to the last. Splendid! Date of review: May 2, 2006
In short: My first 1/2 off road and it was glorious! In full: Thanks to all those involved in organising this event and for making my first time over 13.1 miles off road so enjoyable. Loved the down hills and the ups weren't as bad as I was expecting; then again I was expecting the worst. I would have liked a clock at the finish line (yes I kow I should have worn a decent watch but I didn't...doh), but apart from that I couldn't fault the day. Will I be back? Certainly, although maybe next year I'll do the whole 26.2...gulp! Date of review: May 2, 2006
In short: Aptly subtitled 'The tough one', but you have to do it! In full: Good marshalling, thank you. Friendly people near the back of the field made the last 10 miles less painful! Date of review: May 2, 2006