In short: Ok 5 miler In full: 5 mile run ok, lots of water stations and well marshalled. however 3 mile fun run wasn't clearly marked out and there was no 'carnival' atmosphere. i was expecting more happening around the start/finish line. just turned out to be a fairly nice 5 mile run then go home again. Date of review: August 8, 2005
In short: Great race, well worth the travel In full: This is one of the best value for money runs I have been to. Very friendly and well marshalled, not really difficult to get lost. The capacity of the event could cater for the 750 runners limit and I would welcome introducing a 10k as well as I still had my running legs at the end. Date of review: August 8, 2005
In short: Very welcoming In full: As I was the first fancy dress in the 8 years of this race, I was made to feel very welcome, even by the die hard runners. Great organisation, friendly people and great marshalls made it a wonderful day. Date of review: August 8, 2005
In short: Hardest half marathon ?? Certainly one of the best In full: Excellent organisation (encouraging marshalls, well marked routes, 5 water stations) Fantastic course (stunningly picturesque, incredible hills, mainly off road)
I found it a hard, hard race. There was a seemingly endless series of energy sapping uphill climbs and two very steep & very tricky downhill slopes.
The queue for the staircase at 3K was a welcome breather rather than an annoyance and just added to the character of the race.
Although there is no chance of a PB, it was well worth our 200 mile round trip.
It will go down as one of my favourite races ever. Date of review: August 8, 2005
In short: Very friendly and welcoming In full: Great day - good facilities for changing; very friendly and encouraging marshalls; ace t shirt; well worth the trip, see you next year! Date of review: August 8, 2005
In short: well organised and scenic run, was suprised how easy the first 5 miles were. I held back for the "steep hill" on mile 8, but needn't have as it wasn't that bad and it was all downhill after that. Will not hold back next year !! Date of review: August 8, 2005
In short: Lovely surroundings. Excellent organisation apart from the marshall that sent me the wrong way costing me a PB and 5/6th place In full: Well worth the trip for this picturesque race. Date of review: August 8, 2005
In short: This was my 3rd ever event, so I dont have much to compare it to, but I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and the scenery. the hill at the start and end was really tough. Date of review: August 8, 2005
In short: I did not see a distance marker until completing 3 miles - real pain! In full: Excellent facilities. Encouraging Marshalls. Mile markers were hidden or non existant - big negative for me. Date of review: August 8, 2005
In short: Excellent 10 mile race with very nice weather conditions (nice bit of shade along the way)! In full: A really enjoyable day. Organisation was excellent, started spot on time after a brief by a marshall that cleared up the small bit of confusion that I had from looking at the route map. Nice course, apart from running in the gutters for small parts of it (which always upsets my feet). Excellent water facilities (after I had run the Blackpool half) and very flat, ?only 20 metres climbed over the entire course. Best bit was the marshalls and public that cheered runners on. Some where really nice and made it that bit easier to 'sprint' past them. Date of review: August 8, 2005
In short: Good fast course with excellent friendly marshalling In full: The last time I ran the Harlow 10 was six years ago and it was baking hot in a concrete jungle! This year's race was extremely pleasant. A lot of other organisers could learn from the smooth organisation - registration, baggage handling, start, marshalling and the finish. In addition, all the people involved were really friendly and very helpful. Many thanks to Harlow Running Club and all their volunteers. Date of review: August 8, 2005
In short: Average at best In full: The marshalling was very good - everything else poor. No water after 2k on what turned out to be a warm run. No water at the end. Even the pens ran out. I think more turned up than expected Date of review: August 8, 2005