In short: The wind took your breath away, the hills took your legs away and the the mud cost some their dignity! - But what Fun!! In full: Great race,I may be struggling with stairs today but im still smiling!! If you like cross country you should love this, buckets of mud, a knee deep river crossing (thigh deep when your only 5'1) and enough hills to keep things interesting. Good organisation and a pretty good medal at the end. Only complaint would be the runners who moaned that the course was too muddy to get a PB - wheres your sense of adventure!! (and humour in some cases!!) Going to be back next year for sure (if my trainers dry in time!!) Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Fast friendly blustery course In full: Very well marshalled - but didn't hear the start. The weather was something-else but still managed to smash a 4 year old PB! Excellent! Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: A good training run In full: The lack of atmosphere does make this more of a training run rather than an 'event'. I live nearby so may do it again but certainly wouldn't travel any distance to take part. I also agree that the organisers should be more concerned with predicted pace/finish time than gender when deciding the starting order. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: I enjoyed it, but it could have been so much better with better organisation behind it In full: having read everyone else's frustrations, I thought I would add my own. I did the 8 miler and was also frustrated by the narrowness of the first 3 miles and the fact that all comers set off together (it can't be that hard to try stagger the 8 mile start).
Was also annoyed that there was no clock at the finish and they actually charged money for the pitiful and unsecured baggage store and that not all junctions were marshalled.
if it were a small, poor club organising the race then I would feel more tolerant, but Human Race, frankly, can do better than this, bearing in mind the amount they charged for the race.
On the plus side, it is a relatively big event which has its own adrenalin rush and fun factor. And the river section is lovely (if only less people had run 3 abreast along it while I was trying to get past!)
probably would do it again, probably the 16 miler as it is a useful 'bit more than half marathon' distance. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: very well organised with encouraging marshalls, fairly undulating route In full: Will definitely do this one again, excellent marshalls, plenty of water stops plus the sponges were welcome. Certainly quite undulating so very happy with 3rd faster time, will be back next year Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Beautiful scenery and enjoyed the running on the flat In full: A bit crowded but it was good in the sense I could get a feel of what it is going to be like at the 2006 FLM. Enjoyed the almost traffic free route, only disappointment was the lack of security at the baggage counter. Will do it again. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Hilly, but i dont mind hills!! In full: Well done to the marshals, they did a great job without the jobsworth approach you sometimes get at these events. Nice shirt at the end too! Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Pretty route, shame about the narrow paths and where were the marshalls? In full: I've done this race a few times before so knew what to expect. What I hadn't expected however was for my bag to be missing from the baggage area at the end of the run! Whilst I understand about leaving bags at owners risk, if I am going to be charged a £1 I would expect some level of security and not a free for all. What would have been a good day for me was marred by spending an hour trying to track down my bag and half an hour in the police station reporting it! Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Thoroughly enjoyed it, but then did get a PB so would do :-) In full: Excellent race, slightly different course to previous years. The wind on the home bound section wasnt nice, especially in the last two miles each lap, but thats British weather for you. Will certainly return and run this again.
In short: Left on our own ! In full: Overcrowded, impossible to run for first 3 miles, no marshalls on the course, impossible to keep up a constant speed because of the corwd, finish organisation was really poor, had to stop before the end of the race cos of race congestion. For such a 'big event', the org was really poor. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Poor planning for 8 mile race to start before 16mile race which caused bottlenecks between 4 and 8 miles for the faster 16milers. Also poor planning for drinks station massive mudpatch and finally to add insult to injury - NO MEDALS! Date of review: April 3, 2006