In short: Very Tough In full: This was my second attempt at this race and having woke up feeling paricularly under the weather but still hoping for a pb I really went for it. Did I suffer! The race is superby organised but I was extremely disappointed that there was no medal this year and the same goody bag! Date of review: January 15, 2006
In short: Fine views comprising tracks, trails, hills and more hills. Highly recommended! In full: Don't know why people says its not PB potential, it's an odd distance and only in it's 2nd year so there's every chance of a PB (for the course!). Date of review: January 15, 2006
In short: Absolutely tough as nails for a pure road runner, but so worth it!!! In full: This was the first time I had run properly off road and the first time I had raced off road on the bike...
The road section at the start was a breeze, but the mountain bike section was tough tough tough, it was sticky and deep in places, and had to get off and push numerous times. The of road run was one lap off road round the same MTB circuit, but with the added bonus off running through 5 or 6 water filled dykes at the end....
The race was seriously tough was me being a pure road runner, but I'm really glad I did it, and dug in and didn;t stop once. It's a real insight to how fit those tri-guys actually are, the leader lapped me running past me half way through my 2nd MTB lap, absolutely amazing fitness!!!!
All marshalls without fail had an encouraging word to say, and there were loads out on the course. Transitions were well managed.
Got a quality sweatshirt which says, 'Thanet Toughest race' , man you're not kidding, took me over and hour to clean my bike!!!!
Thanks Thanet for a great muddy Sunday morning!!!! Date of review: January 15, 2006
In short: Slip sliding away....on mud...downhill In full: A great race if you like mud and up hill pain. Race organisers need to sort out the queue for the parking ticket machine into the woods as it delayed the start and could have been avoided by placing a steward on the ticket machine advising people there were more machines in the wood....better still they could include the small carpark fee in the race entry,like the Wendover Hill Race. Date of review: January 15, 2006
In short: Fun but tough. You just know you are going to pay for that 1st mile downhill. I am going to ache in new places tomorrow but glad I've done a real XC rather than another road race. Probably be back next year Date of review: January 15, 2006
In short: Nice flat race, good turn-out In full: The race was well organised and was nice to start and finish on the track. Course was changed this year because of roadworks, to an out-and-back route, but it was marshalled well and pretty flat so good potential for a PB. Only downside is the scenery, as the run follow alongside the dual carriageway. Date of review: January 15, 2006
In short: Great race to kick off 2006 In full: This was my first nigel barge race, and a good one to start off the year! The course was changed from the usual route, a bit longer at 5.8K and it followed 2 loops with some nice hills, quite tough if you're not used to them or you're working off the xmas excess! Nice scenery, well organised, fab goody bag a really warm reception at the finish. In the diary for next year already. Date of review: January 15, 2006
In short: Good introduction to off road running. In full: Didn't know what to expect as i've only done road races before, but it was really good fun. The first half of the race is relatively flat, however the second half is much more challenging with hills appearing just when you don't want them!
Good atmosphere with a good range of abilities, and the marshalling/organisation was bang on. Only minor gripe is the lack of a memento. There were 'spot prizes' not sure what that means, but some people cames away with water botlles, towels etc...
Overall though a very good race, and would definitely consider doing it again next year Date of review: January 15, 2006
In short: My first ever 5k fun run, Two of us from shetland (18m and 16f) came to Ed for it In full: Well for my first fun run I thought it was truly superb. I wasn't feeling on great form as I had been bouldering the night before and my tummy was rumbling afore the run, but wow! Me and Rosie were singing all the way up the hill and down. Just wish some more people would smile :) Definatly up for it next year and im putting my entry in for the 10k in may! Better do some training i suppose.
In short: No real problems and lovely scenery, good taste of off road running In full: Well organised and well marshalled but could do with one or 2 extra's just to bring it up to other race standards. Appreciate a water station would be hard as it's all off road but some water at the end would be nice, also for the price i think some sort of momento would be nice, other than that weel done to all Date of review: January 15, 2006
In short: Enjoyed the run In full: I enjoyed doing the run but I think the shirt and no medal very disappointing. The goody bag was full of processed rubbish so I didn't get anything out of that either. Date of review: January 15, 2006
In short: New 2 lap course dictated by the police for health and safety reasons due to road works In full: Friendly atmosphere and good tea after the finish. Contents of the goody bags from Achilles Heel excellent and it was the luck of the draw which one you got as they were all mixed up. Spot prizes of Asics Towels for the very lucky folk. This is the second time I've run it and would do so again. Date of review: January 15, 2006
In short: fine race for the start of the year In full: this was my first time running the jack crawford and it was a great day altogether. Well marshalled, a nice flat and scenic route along the canal and good facilities. only gripe is that the first few k and the last followed a very narrow route which made it difficult for over-taking. Otherwise all good, and will definitely do it next year. Date of review: January 14, 2006
In short: Excellent Organization and Free!! Run every saturday! In full: Well organized, nice web-site full of statistics (PBs, winners, athletes) and pictures...updated at the speed of light after the event. Nice track, no traffic. Friendly people, anything more? Ah...it's free!! Date of review: January 14, 2006
In short: great race In full: strange distance markers but I'm sure everyone realised they were a bit out. Great race atmosphere and well organised with good support from the few marshals on course. Great support elsewhere too. Quite a short area after the finish line but the time recorders were spot on. Thanks to the springburn harriers for a super race at only a fiver a skull....nice one! Date of review: January 14, 2006
In short: Nice race, good organisation, convenience of leisure centre start and finish. In full: Can get crowded at the start as the first bit is along single track canal towpath as is the last mile so very difficult to overtake which could affect you PB potential but as flat as a pancake so if you have the room to move great. Markers were a bit awry - according to the Km markers I went through 2km in 6 mins!!! Unheard of and some of the others were a bit out too. That said its a great race with a great atmosphere - plenty of support and very friendly. I would highly recommend it to anyone. Mnay thanks to the organisers if you are reading this. Date of review: January 14, 2006