In short: Only 2nd 10M other being Guy Fawkes 10. Enjoyable not too demanding but course would benefit from a better start to ease congestion. Nice touch having 400m and 200m left to finish Date of review: January 30, 2006
In short: A great first race of the year but forget any chance of a PB In full: A tough challenge but really enjoyable. Run primarily over Epsom Downs the course is vert hilly but is all off-road and is a great test of New Year fitness levels !! Date of review: January 30, 2006
In short: Cold, windy, and challenging...... In full: I almost stopped after 4 miles, but thought that as I'd done the training, the pain would be worth boasting the 2006 T-Shirt.........but was mistaken. Thanks to all the happy marshalls! Date of review: January 30, 2006
In short: The start is always a problem for this race. Istarted of very slow and found I avoided the crowd and had space to run comfotably and made up the time latter on. Okay race, there are better ones around. Date of review: January 30, 2006
In short: Not a bad first 10 miler In full: This was my first 10 miler, and I live within 5 miles of the course so I wasn't that bothered about the slow start. However, I can see how irritating it would be if I wanted to beat a certain time, or had come a long way to take part; for the first two miles road is very narrow and you have to go along at the pace of everyone else. The hills are challenging but good, and the marshalls did well encouraging everyone. The bloke at 5 miles on his own shouting out times did a good job. The coruse was icy is places but not too bad. A bit annoying were the people with the push chair walking with on the course near the end, but a nice medal and fruit afterwards. Date of review: January 30, 2006
In short: Gorgeous weather, great route, fantastic atmosphere. Happy days! In full: Really good fun, icy patches a little precarious, but can't be helped! Beautiful morning for a race, and THE HILL was no way near as bad as I thought it would be! Date of review: January 30, 2006
In short: Great scenery, friendly marshalls, lovely day! In full: Well done for arranging such beautiful weather. Start was a bit congested but otherwise fine. Marshalls friendly - especially on THE hill! Really enjoyed the countryside. Brilliant race! Date of review: January 30, 2006
In short: great route, lovely scenery. In full: Great route. Bit congested at the start but still managed a pb despite a few grinding hills. Bit icy in places and shame there wasn't bottled water at stations (I can't drink from a cup on the run to save my life. Overall great mornings entertainment Date of review: January 30, 2006
In short: Totally off the wall event, you just have to do it, if only once In full: First time I have competed. Found the organistation in the muster area and start line completely disorganised, took me 15 minutes to find the pegs to hand your bag on for afterwards the so called 'marshalls' had no idea.
Ok so it's a midly dangerous event, but I really must say it's made even more so by the ineptitude of St. Johns on site. I saw numerous occasions where they just weren't quick enough reacting to injuries, I pointed out loads of cases where people needed attention to St. Johns guys who were just stanjding there enjoying the event. I noticed one guy about 15 minutes from the end who was totally delerious who obviously had hypothermia (when I asked him his name and if he had any support he didn't know) and took him to the neareast St. Johns. Some macho competitor appeared and said c'mon mate I'll get you round, and when I looked back St. Johns had let the hypothermic guy go with this other guy. Very,very dangerous...Those guys really need to understand the gravtriy of decision they make.
In short: Not so much a race as a assault course to test your metal toughness In full: Toughguy isn't so much a pure race as a cross country run of a few miles followed by an assault course. The race was pretty well run although the start felt a bit disorganised and the marshalling on the later parts of the course was a bit off with some friends going via different routes and missing parts. There were some early bottlenecks on the early obstacles which resulted in standing around for 20 or 30 minutes which was not good - people started to get cold very quickly.
I am glad I have done TG but don't think I'll be rushing back to do it again - I see it more as a novelty event and wouldn't really see the point of doing it again. Unless you were towards the front it would be hard to get a clear run and time. I think the entry fee was pretty steep added to the additional donation that was required. Date of review: January 30, 2006
In short: Will be back again & again In full: I love this race, well organised & great challenging course. I knocked 10 mins off last years time & 4mins of my previous PB can't get much better then that. Date of review: January 30, 2006