In short: The boggy slippy hill was bloomin' 'ard! In full: Enjoyably hard..nice when it stopped. The scenery was beautiful, we even had a friendly hare that wanted to run with us.The hills were tough especially the last one that was just a mud slide. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Well organised 20 miles race over a nice (but windy!) 4 lap course In full: POSITIVES First class organisation - the marshalls did a great job and were very friendly. For £10 entry fee, this standard of organisation puts many "big" events to shame. Results were being posted next to the finish line via a laptop. Fantastic course - completely flat with a lovely breeze behind you down the sea front which seemed to turn into an in-the-face gale down the back of the course !
NEGATIVES Measurement - There were no miles markers from lap 2 onwards and the ones on lap one were inaccurate. Traffic - there were a lot of cars on the route (altough the drivers were generally patient). Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Expensive parking, no atmosphere, poor marshalling, not again. In full: Too few car parks open and too expensive £6 is too much for a race. Too few toilets for 4000 runners. No atmosphere or support anywhere round the course exccept at the very end. The course is too narrow along the path for the first 4 miles. The mug in a tasteful shade of black - ugh. There was insufficient masrshalling along the second half of the race. The risk assessment must have been fudged. Dangerous junctions were not marshalled at all. Never again. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: brilliant but hot for me on the day In full: Really enjoyed myself but a bit disappointed that there was a discrepancy of 2 1/2 min between chip time and stopwatch I was wearing???!! Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: I think the word is "windswept" In full: This was a well-organised, friendly race. Marshalls were helpful and encouraging. I had no major hickups - a very, very minor detour at one point, but nothing that affected my time any. This was my first trail race. Definitely won't be my last! Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Wicked, Windy and Wonderful! In full: The sun was shining, everyone was happy particularly when the wind was behind them..the return journey was a little bit more challenging. The sponge stall was good but the water stations were poor - the first one didn't have any water ready, and the last had too much in hard pint glasses which were hard to drink from on the run. Otherwise the scenery was splendid! Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Good race, good specatators, but seems to have outgrown the organisation In full: Couldn't get anywhere near the right place at the start so was slowed down considerably by having to get past slower runners for 2km. Cost me about 1 min. Failed to send out my race info, and couldn't get thorugh on th phone after 20+ tries over two days. Now the good news - loads of spectators, well marshalled, fast course, nice medal Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Nice Race!! In full: Finished in 3hr 28 so well done me! Was a bit windy but enjoyed it. It wasn't as hilly as people made it out to be. Could of signposted the car park a bit better I thought and directions from the motorway. Marshalls on the second lap could of done a bit more pointing. I had to ask one if I needed to keep running or turn as he ate his sarnie! Other than that they did a very good job and the organisation at the start and in general was excellent. Nice t-shirt too! Well done to the support on the second lap from the cadets. Brilliant & showers too. Did not realise they had all those stands and sales near the start until I was about to set off as I had spent my time near the changing - Silly me!!! Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Wow - definitely challenging In full: Lovely scenery, fantastic marshalling, waterstations were excellent and the organisation superb!!!! Just wish it was flat! :) Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: good race,hills not as bad as I was lead to believe. In full: I feel that bedford harriers should have made it clearer to those runners who might take over 4 hours, that they would have to come off the course.It was upsetting to hear people at the finish saying they were at 17 or 18 miles and were made to stop.It spoiled some runners day. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Organisational mess...but I had a great time! In full: My first half and I really enjoyed it. Everyone knows about the mess at start and finish...nuff said. I LIKED the doglegs..good chance to see others and everyone seemed to be cheering on friends as they passed each other. Scenery along the water was nice enough. It's Forthside guys..what do you expect? Venice??!! Goody bag was pants...but who cares! I thought the medal was great and I'd much rather have that than a T-shirt I'd never wear again. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Well organised, good course (some hills) which was very well marshalled by friendly encouraging marshals. Tough battle agaist the wind today, but well worth it. A great pre-FLM benchmark race in my humble opinion. Thanks! Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Just how race's should be ! In full: Very well organised, hilly in places and one or two of the roads can be exposed to the elements. Probably only downside is parking is a little scattered but nothing that can't be worked around Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Good marathon build up race...4 laps are boring though In full: 2nd time round this course. Course is fairly boring, but I only do this race as it fits nicely into the FLM build up schedule and is pretty much all flat.
Drinks stations were very well managed this year with all staff calling out the drinks they were offering. Water, blackcurrant, orange and maxim energy drink..
Some of the marshalling though was very lacklustre. I was running fairly near the back and from lap 3 onwards some of the marshalls were being very lazy and not controlling busy junctions at all. Someone in their wisdom had stationed a young child at the first large roundabout and they and the other marshall there did nothing to manage the flow of the traffic from lap 3 onwards. that said a lot of the other marshalls were good, although there were other marshalls at big junctions who were making the race more dangerous than it had to be by being lazy. I appreicate the race is long and the job of marshalling boring, but 75% of the marshall were let down by the ineffectual other 25%. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Pretty run, but ugly finish In full: The start/finish location in an industrial estate littered with broken pallets was appalling. The programmes cost a £1, but had no information or articles - just advertising and finishing times for last year. That was very poor. The local support was indifferent - some shop-keepers were not even aware a race was on, and few people came out to cheer on the runners. But once out into the country the route is very attractive; and, being flat, a good chance for a personal best. Marshalling was good, though communication between marshalls either end of roads open to cars could be better as there were times when cars were allowed to travel in opposite directions and then got stuck and had to merge with the runners - a potentially dangerous situation, especially when some drivers get impatient. Plenty of parking space, a friendly, informal atmosphere, plenty of fruit at the finish, and a large, comfortable changing area. So, overall, plenty of good points, but - for me - the lack of support on the run, and the ugly finish were off-putting. Date of review: April 2, 2006