In short: Well organised event, undulating course mainly on minor rloads through attractive countryside. In full: Good to get this last Half Marathon in before Christmas. Usual excellent organisation by Bedford Harriers, enthusiastic marshalling, glorious weather (once you warmed up), some testing hills (but some nice downhills aswell), and the course took you through attractive countryside which acted as a distraction from those hills. Will be back next yer! Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: A challenging mixture of steep hills which make your legs scream In full: Starting the race with 2 laps of the track was a nice touch, giving the event the atmos of a serious race. Equaly, finishing on the track had the same effect. I was particularly impressed with the organisation and impact that officials had upon the race. The speaker system was loud and very clear so that all could understand what was being said (unlike that of other races I have attended recently). The part that I was most impressed with was the use of the speaker system to single out individuals who were completing their final 200 meters. I heared my name and number (and the fact that I started the race after everyone else)announced over the speaker system. This was fantastic as it provided the race with a personal touch and drove me on to pick up my pace for an explosive finish which I wouldnt have been capable of without the verbal encouragement given over the speakers. For these reasons I was very impressed with the organisation and professionalism of the event. In terms of the race itself, it was very challenging. I would not recommend this race to any beginner runners due to the extremely painful and prolonged steep up hill stretches of the course. The uphill stretch around the 5/6 mile point was outrageously steep to the point that people were moving at little more than walking pace. Also, the equally steep downhill phases were not comfortable...at times they were so steep that instead of using the gradient to increase your speed people were far more concerned with stopping themselves from falling down it. I feel that this part of the course was disappointing. The long uphill stretch at 8/9 miles was equally painful although not as steep. This really tested the legs and resulted in many people having to stop for breathers and /or walk just to be able to finish the race. For these reasons I would not recommend this race to a beginner...a flater run would be much more suitable, and finishable without having to stop for rests of the legs. In terms of more experienced runners I feel that the steep hilly nature of the course is a good challenge and although I couldnt achieve my PB, it did provide me with a touch of variety from the flat races that i usually take part in. Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: The Stockport "goody bag" 10 In full: I think this should be renamed the Stockport 'goody bag' 10 - great day out for everyone, great weather, great organisation, great prizes, great hotpot, well done to everyone at Stockport Harriers !! Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: Well organised, gentle inclines, PB potential. All that and a christmas pud.... In full: Not run a 10 miler before but I ran this 4 minutes quicker (in 1hr 7' 40") that I ran a 9 miler last June. Good marshalling on busy roads and a pleasant atmosphere. Great goodie bag at end with medal, pudding, crisps and chocolate cake. Top stuff - will be back next year. Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: Hills, hills, hills... and cold! In full: Very good race - tough climb pretty much from the start all the way to the top of the Hogs Back. Very cold and a little dangerous down the other side becuase of the ice. I'll definitely do it again... Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: Excellent Race, only dowm side was the parking In full: What a lovely fast flat course, I equalled my PB so was very happy, nice marshalls encouraging everyone too, well done. Negative, the parking or lack of it, I arrived an hour before the race and was told the race car park was full, thank god I wasnt any later...the toilets were late (arriving ten minutes before that start), which wasnt good either, two things that spoiled an otherwise well organised race...I will be back next year tho, and thanks for the Xmas Pud! Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: Fantastic!!!! Superb Atmosphere!!! In full: I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this race. The atmosphere was superb. I made the effort and dressed as an angel as did my sister and Im glad we did. We really enjoyed the encouragement frm the marshalls along the way, it was just so enjoyable. Made my day!! Certainly will be there next year. Good organisation by the Swanley and District Runners. Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: Superb festive race!!!!! In full: Did the race in full Santa outfit. Plenty of fancy dress around, although about 80% of the field didn't make the effort which is disappointing.
Loved the course, went through the 4 mile mark in a PB by nearly a minute, which is weird considering my getup!!!!! All the mile markers were bang on as well accroding to my garmin...
The only slight niggle I would say is that it wassn't sign posted at all to get to the car park. 2 or 3 signs in Swanley town centre would have stopped me and many other driving around aimlessly trying to find the race. Well marshalled though, and good support around the start finish area. Plenty of kids around loving the mass of santas and festive surroundings. Date of review: December 11, 2005