In short: Marshalled with friendly encouragement....nice run even in the rain! In full: No idea where the start line was - but other than that, organisation was very good. Congratulations and thanks to the marshalls for keeping their good humour on a wet windy day! Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: Excellent despite a couple of minor points - where do they find such happy marshalls in the rain?!? In full: Directions: couldn't find the car park so parked on side of road. Start - long queue for loos and bag drop. Not sure where the actual start line was but it was a bottleneck. Staff/marshalls - best I've seen anywhere! They must just love the rain and wind! Course - lots of little downs and ups as we ran under main roads, and long gentle slope around mile 5-7 but thankfully the last couple of miles were mostly slightly downhill. Overall, despite the awful weather it was an excellent race! Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: The hills are hardcore, but I still managed a PB! In full: Wonderful race, very well organised, and the weather even cleared just as the race started. The 1 in 6 hill at the halfway point caught me out somewhat, but hasn't put me off returning next year. Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: Race OK but day ruined at finish by being manhandled by marshall. In full: Reasonable race, easier than expected (hills not as big as people suggest) parking diabolical, marshalling during race pretty good. However day ruined by being manhandled by steward when sprinting across the line at full tilt - to stop me passing someone in the line. Lucky not to be injured. Arrogant rude Chief steward seemed to think this was reasonable and I was in the wrong. Also thought this was an adult race- so why a chocolate medal? Pathetic, I won't be back. Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: Car park too far away, course quite good, marshalls good. In full: I felt the directions to the car park could have been a lot better. I ended up at the wrong car park (Fairlands Valley Park, near the lake, which is the only one that had any road signs as far as I could see) rather than Fairlands Valley Showground where I should have been, and had to jog a mile and a half to the start, finding my way by asking passers by, arriving just as the last starters were disappearing. Admittedly I arrived very late, which was my fault. I also got lost trying to find my way back to my car after the race. Why not start and end the race nearer the car park? Better directions and signs would be nice next time, and a map of the route and major car parks, which is standard at many bigger races. Overall though, this was a nice race. Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: Horrid weather dampened an otherwise straightforward 2-lap race In full: Rain is never good news for any race, and so too for the debut year of Stevenage's new 2-lap course. Race HQ was cramped and services were overwhelmed, especially at the bag drop-off as everyone braved the rain at exactly the same time. The starting-line gymnastics, combined with more than a handful of sharp, awkward turns throughout the course, were the only real negatives of an otherwise straightforward run. The 2005 weather conditions made this an incredibly difficult course for a PB, but I'd hazard that there would be more personal victories if the weather was more accomodating. This is not a terribly scenic race, and what you see the first time around makes a comeback on your second lap. There are some pretty patches, including a lake-side path which afforded a pretty panorama of the distant hills, compromised somewhat by an enormous factory with smokestacks in the foreground. Otherwise, the paths are good for running. The race organisers put in a great effort, and deserve high marks for their spirit and endurance through the gales and drenching rain. It's one thing to be running through the weather; it's quite another to stand and get soaked by it whilst maintaining a smiling face. Overall, not a particularly memorable run, but a fine way to spend a Sunday or get in some training.
In short: I never thought running in torrential rain could be such a laff!! In full: Great organisation, great support from the people who got soaked whilst cheering us on, fantastic Ron Hill T-shirt and altogether FUN, FUN, FUN!!!! Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: Excellent organisation in horrid conditions. Marshalls deserve a reward. In full: Couldn't fault organisaton, top notch, especailly to all the marshalls who stood in such conditions for over 2 hours.
Course was surprisingly pleasant for a town course along cycle paths with no roads to cross. Undulations not too bad, enough to keep you interested. Even the 2 miles directly into the wind and rain was bearable!
Overall an excellent event. Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: 'Autumnal' weather certainly didn't spoil a great race In full: A couple of niggles. I couldn't see precisely where the start line was, and why was the start just before the narrow exit to the race track ? Could we not have had a lap of the track to begin with, and then just a short bit of track at the end ? Or maybe start in the car park just outside the gate ? Also, the baggage storage and goody bag areas were very wet - the words have been washed off the ribbon on my medal. These are small niggles, though.
On the positive side, the route was great - surprisingly pleasant for a new town. The marshalls were *fantastic* - not a good day for marshalling, but they were brilliant and encouraging, so thank you to any marshalls reading this. And thanks to the PA announcer who mentioned me by name when I finished, along with the fact that I had beaten my time from last year !
Defintely back next year. Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: Terrible weather, I can't drink from a cup, underpasses are challenging and I was 5 mins off my pb pace, but I really enjoyed this race. Thanks to the fantastic marshalls who cheered us in in pooring rain. In full: I loved this race. It was my first race in the rain and wind but it didn't matter. The course in challenging but there are no killer hills. I thought the atmosphere was really good and having previously mainly run big races such as the Great South, Silverstone and the FLM before, I thought the club feel to this race was great. There was lots of enouragement on the course, especially from the cheerful marshalls.
A challenging but a highly enjoyable day from start to finish. Well done to everyone who finished and assisted on the course. Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: A classic multi-terrain to encourage entry to longer / harder events. In full: Maybe the best marshalled MT I run & I do a lot. Pity the river was not available this year for a wash. 10 miles would be perfect. Why do people overtake me on the flat bits? Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: Very well organised and a pleasant route In full: The car parking was verey easy and the buses wre great to the start, the weather was pants but hey its November, great route, havent done it before so dont know what the old route was like but I really liked this one, marshalls were spot on and a great bunch, very encouraging. Only critciszm was there was no where to shelter from the rain to get changed. But deffientley a great course and would like to do it again next year. Date of review: November 6, 2005