In short: my first full marathon, so chuffed to break 3:30. 2nd half was a bit lonely though. too many runners starting way ahead of expected finish time though. probably be back next year to do it all again! Date of review: September 17, 2005
In short: Multi-terrain with mud!! In full: Small village run with about 100 runners of all abilities. Mostly farm roads and tracks. Storms the day before made these a little muddy - swimming almost an option for one puddle! Enjoyed the day and will run this again - chose to do this rather than Audley End which appears to have been the right decision. And I got another medal!! Date of review: September 17, 2005
In short: Hot and long? In full: Like last year, dry rutted grass tracks didn't make for comforatable running and the heat made it a real struggle. Nowhere near a PB. If it's on the same day as the (earlier start-time) O2O 10k in Reading again next year, I'll be doing that one in future.
Love the string quartet at 5 k though :o) Date of review: September 16, 2005
In short: Very hot and more than 10k In full: Did this event last year. The course has been changed, the loop was not there before. Distance was 10.4k according to my GPS device. A lot of rough field to run over, I turned my ankle at around 6k which slowed me right down as a precaution. Despite that it was fun and I will do it again. Date of review: September 16, 2005
In short: Excellent first half, lonely second half In full: Excellent race for the half-marathon but got a bit lonely after 13 miles. wouldnt do full marathon again but would do half next time. good event with PB potential, enjoyable. Date of review: September 16, 2005
In short: Apart from the last 2 miles dragging on & on I liked the bloke offering beer by the roadside after just 4 miles! In full: This was my first go at one of these and will definitely have another go. It was good to get encouragement from the marshalls and other runners, even if some were flying past! Date of review: September 16, 2005
In short: Nice, flattish course. In full: Seemed to me that this race was geared up for faster runners. The majority of the course was downhill. Could of done without the hill at the end! I would do it again. Date of review: September 16, 2005
In short: Very good for an inaugural event In full: All things considered this was a great race. Fantastic scenery, well organised, nice atmosphere. As with others I agree it should have been slightly earlier and distance markers would have been useful. Not sure what it would have been like if it was wet. Overall it was good and hopefully I will be following the flamingos next year! Date of review: September 16, 2005
In short: Cold and a bit slippery but still enjoyed it! In full: Lovely location although weather no good for wandering around the "grinds"!
Start was very poorly organised and everyone was getting grumpy with the inane and very low impact aerobics we were all expected to follow and which wouldn't have warmed anything up! Many opting for their own jogs around to keep the circulation going.
Overall I really enjoyed the race as the weather suited me once I was going and because I'm not fast the terrain didn't bother me either - I have time to watch where I'm going. The string quartet playing pomp and cicumstance was quite quaint as well half way round!
Very non competetive atmosphere made this a race I may consider doing again just for a day out. Date of review: September 15, 2005