In short: The Late Start, 11am, made this race VERY Hot and Very Hard Work In full: On a very hot day the 11am start was the only small issue with this race.
Very Nice touches with the music out on the course at 5 miles, great organisation, parking, drinks, etc.
This is not a PB course , apart from the heat, there were very uneven sections of grass track across the fields in which there are hidden potholes and ruts. Care needed to be taken to avoid twisting ankles which slowed times. Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: Someone needs to measure what 10k actually is! In full: According to my Garmin and those of 3 others in my group, this was 8.8k at best. Would have been nice to know about the hike from the station for those of us on trains - Hampton Court means Hampton Court to me, not a mile down the road! Loved the sudden unexpected string quartet at 4k! Lovely day! Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: Great organisation, pleasant setting, loads of friendly marshals In full: No traffic problems, an nicely early start (9am), plus great organisation means this is definitely on next year's to-do list. Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: Another great Shorne 5...I'll be back yet again!!! In full: All my comments from last year apply. The organisation is superb and the race has a real friendly air to it. Every single marhsall around the course offered encouragement without exception. The course it challenging, but very scenic. Makes a change to have no road sections whatsoever in a race!!! Medal bigger, better AND engraved this year! Well done to the organisers! Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: Great day out In full: Not designed for runners wanting a PB, hard to compete for space with 22,000 others. But, great goody bag and medal and all for a good cause. Would definately do this again Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: Scenic but demanding. In full: Great scenery, but makes you work hard. The 1st half is hilly, and I took most of the 2nd half to recover! Lots of stiles to negotiate - these give you a breather, but can also break your stride. I hear that the front runners took a wrong turn, thus I've marked the organisation down slightly. Also, I measured the distance on my GPS and mapping software - 6.03 miles, thus somewhat short of 10k! Very enjoyable, none the less. Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: Cracking little race with lots of very friendly local support and well organised start and finish with much to do for waiting family. Route itself is challenging with some fairly ardous hills. Freindly marshalling and 10 private water stops. HOT !!! Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: A fantastic introduction to racing! In full: Gently tilting myself towards the London Marathon next year, I went cross country for my first 'race' and couldn't have chosen better. Shorne is well-run by friendly people and offers amazing surroundings and value for money. You won't beat a PB in a million years, but when you're crossing stiles and streams, does that really matter? You don't expect to.
The time was hardly important, but the experience and the atmosphere were great. My legs ache in new and interesting places, but I'm thrilled I did it. There's plenty of road-based races to run in, so there's no doubt that I'll do this one again. It was great, and even if I get round London next April, I'll still look back fondly on my first time out at Shorne. Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: Hard struggle in hot temp. In full: Another very hot year. Not a lot of shade. Too few water stations for the temperature, although I think they added a 4th one this year. Sponges were very welcome. Some of the marshalls encouraging, quite a few of them said nothing. All in all still a good race and would be even better in cooler temperatures. My other half liked the beer I got. Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: Change of scenery meant a more hilly course than expected but magnificently organised. Plenty of toilets (mixed race organisers take note!), loads of water available and great finishers' bags. Expensive but great fun. Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: Appallingly poor time, but mostly due to the extremely hot conditions In full: No complaints about organisation, marshalling, scenery etc. Unfortunately the extremely hot conditions put paid to any sensible running time for me (and another few other runners I saw pulling up/falling down). Good goody bag, great organisation etc, just needed it cooler! Might do again next year if the forecast is a little more "running friendly"! Date of review: September 4, 2005