In short: A large wind break would have helped! Support was excellent. Water stations are not adequately prepared and the finish clashing with the 5K was less than ideal. Good medal/Tshirt Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: As good as ever In full: Third time I've run this event and the high standard was maintained. Not much the organisers could do about the delayed start due to traffic/baggage problems. Marshalling and organisation as good as ever. Fast,flat, scenic course. Very windy this year, but still managed to set a new pb. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Challenging In full: Well what an experience! Muddy, wet and windy, wow I felt like a kid again. The course was breathtaking and very challenging. The event was a great success and I'd like to thank the event organiser's for a well organised race. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: great run, great scenery, great organisation In full: For a first time event, this was very good. A fairly flat course with great views, especially along the canal. This is certainly a potential for a pb. Look forward to doing it again next year. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: The hills and the wind were a killer! In full: Tried a bit too hard on the hills - did a great time in the first half, but then paid for it later on. Finish time wasn't that great, the wind on the last 2 miles was terrible. Great organisation though. Thanks to everyone who gave up their Sunday to stand in the cold wind for several hours - particularly all the smiley marshalls who helped spur me on. Might be back again... Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Nice course, if a little congested In full: I think some aspects of this race have been a little maligned. It is true that the slower runners clogging the start were a nuisance, but I certainly heard repeated instructions to congregate in the appropriate marked area. If people don't listen, the organisers can hardly force them to start from the right place. Its always a problem at big events and is caused by irresponsible and selfish competitors. That said, the organisers might want to consider whether 40 minutes for men and 45 for women really makes you an "elite" runner. Also, a woman running 45 minutes can still get in my way if I run 41. If you're sorting by time, great, but being a universal constant it is not gender dependent. 45 minutes is identical regardless of your demographic situation. But, that said, I had no other problems with the organisation or the course. I liked the medal, which is vastly preferable to a cheap cotton t-shirt which I'll never wear. At least it looks nice hung on my bookcase in my living room! I didn't get the time I wanted, for reasons I can't quite put my finger on, but not connected to the course or organisation, but I will definitely be back next year for another go. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Chocolate Box Villages and Daffodills In full: Really lovely run, nice scenery made better by the sunny April weather, the fact that the rain held off and Spring was in the air. Lots of spring flowers, blossom and lambs. Wind was a problem, though it was the same for everyone, plesantly undulating. Well organised, the water stations were particulary good, 3 mile intervals. Baggage storage was effecient. An enjoyable last 20 before London. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: A great course, packed with runners rather than traffic! In full: Excellent organisation - plenty of water stations, time markers, fruit at the end. Great to find a course with so little traffic. Fairly flat, unexpected hot weather and strong winds this year. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: A good training run for spring marathons, bit crowded at the start, but this always helps me to keep my pace down for the 1st 3 miles. In full: I've done this 16 miler twice a year for the last 3 years, so you get used to the organisation and route. It's very flat and after the 1st 3 to 4 miles you can pick up the pace if you want to. Lucozade stations at 3 points on the 2 laps + water. I find it a good marathon training run for pacing, keeps me slow at the start and then allows me to find a comfortable pace for the rest of the run. I then usually run from the finish out to the 2 mile marker and back to get a 20 miler in total, in. They give you a mug at the finish, with date and event on it. Lucozade again in abundance at finish. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Cheery marshalls saved otherwise dull day! In full: Okay as FLM warm up, but would have preferred to stick to my home 20 mile circuit. Loo provisions were crazy - 2 mens loos at the start meant that a long wait after long drive to Worthing...not fun! Course pretty uninspiring and agree with comments about the traffic. However (most) marshalls did an excellent job at controlling traffic and encouraging runners. Also water stations were well manned (great job by all the willing kids!) although paper cups are always a nightmare. Bag drop did not seem to work that well but fortunately plenty of parking nearby to store bags in car.
Organisers were very friendly but whole thing did not bear up to comparison with other recent races (eg Fleet HM, Guildford G3). Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: In full: Long walk to car park, especially after running 20 miles, could do with a bit more atmosphere, felt like a training run at times, cold showers, well marshalled Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: great In full: One of the better races over my 5 years of running. Excellant control and thanks to everyone.If only the mad cars would slow down it would have been even better Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Challenging course, not enough parking or loos. In full: We arrived an hour before the start but couldn't park in the car park had to park in a side street, not enough loos, apart from that it was well organised and a challenging course, ideal preparartion for a marathon. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Great training for FLM. Atmosphere good, parking for venue great, plenty of water stations and energy drink. Good running past 8 milers makes you run faster! Just meant the 2nd part of the 16 mile was quite quiet! Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Generally a pretty good race – better than last year, anyway (April 2005). In full: As pointed out in most of the posts, the course was seriously crowded in places, but overall the event was well organised and a great way to spend a Sunday morning. I was a bit concerned about the lack of security at the baggage section, though. £1 to have my bag trampled on and left in the wrong pile. Not ideal!!!