In short: It always seems to be held on hottest days of the month ! In full: It's a tough race - 2 loops round the town with an extra bit through a housing estate in the second loop that sucks your will to live thats seems like it lasts forever !!
Cool goody bag at the end though and a nice medal. No banana's at the end this year !
If you want a t-shirt you have to buy one which keeps the cost down ! Date of review: January 13, 2006
In short: Great race, but fast field... In full: I am relatievly new to running and racing, so this was only my 5th race. I did enjoy it, well organised, but did feel rather slow, although I took 8 mind off my PB for 10 miles! Glad to read here that the field was rather fast! Loike the fact that there was no crappy t-shirt and proceeds went to charity and was made to feel very welcome. Date of review: January 13, 2006
In short: Excellent way to start the New Year In full: When you start to consider running a race on New Year's Day you know you've become slightly obsessed by running but there's much to enjoy in this really well organised race.
My performance was hampered by Christmas overindulgence but as long as you're not seeing in the New Year in a complete alcoholic stupor this is a great way to open your account for the next year.
Enthusiastic and supportive marshalls were particularly appreciated. Date of review: January 13, 2006
In short: Run this race several times it is one of the best for clearing the festives cobwebs and justifying the over indulgement over xmas and new year. In full: This race is a must to ensure that people commit to the "must get fit" new years resolution that is often broken by 2nd January". The exercise between xmas and new year is a sharp reminder to people just how much they have overdone it during the festive period. All standards, shapes and sizes compete. Didn't do it in 2004 and the only change I noticed from 2003 apart from the fact that they had returned to handing out short sleeved T shirts instead of long sleeved was the queuing at the end. For some bizarre reason they had people funnelled single file that snaked and led back into the sports hall that created an awful and unnecessary bottle neck. I couldn't see the point in this. It didn't spoil a well organised race and in true "Arnie" fashion "I'll be back", next year. Date of review: January 12, 2006
In short: A small but speedy field on a pleasant (but undulating) course In full: A great race that was well marshaled - shame it was so freezing cold! A relatively undulating race, so PB potential not great. A small field in 2006 (just over 200). Fast finishing times and a rather clubby atmosphere means I've rated it quite low for beginner-friendliness. No finishers mementos or prizes, but any profits went to charity and given the very reasonable price of the race I didn't mind at all. Date of review: January 12, 2006
In short: Good fun for good causes. In full: Up hill for the first 5k with scenery gradually opening up. Great down hill zig zag, with views over the Surrey Hills to a flat last 4k Date of review: January 12, 2006
In short: A GOOD HARD MULTITERAIN RACE In full: THIS WAS MY FIRST TIME AT THIS RACE WITH MY WIFE AND SIX OTHER RUNNERS FROM BEXLEY AC IT WAS WELL RUN GOOD HARD MULTITERAIN RACE AND WE WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR . Date of review: January 12, 2006
In short: A well organised race with clear parking arrangements (if you turn up early enough) or good bus links from train and bus station etc. Nice big field for first half - extremely well marshalled. Second half flat, fast but less supported by spectators. Date of review: January 12, 2006
In short: Awesome scenery and cool weather. A long, tough race though In full: 6 am start, 43 miles, 6000+ ft of climbing, some rough (but good) tracks. However the scenery is fantastic, the comaraderie is great and a nice trophy if you finish. Date of review: January 12, 2006
In short: Well organised and well attended cross country race in castle grounds In full: Lots of different races for different ages. Separate races for men and women. Lots of club (and school) runners, so plenty of competition. Finish line is up a steep muddy hill for everyone Date of review: January 12, 2006
In short: Great way to blow away the cobwebs! In full: I don't usually do races this early in the season but am glad I turned up for this one. It may have been cold and wet and I may not have been on top form but I certainly enjoyed it. I'm sure the scenery was terrific - I just couldn't see any of it. Date of review: January 12, 2006
In short: This was a special race for me: my first race abroad. It was a marvellous experience for me. In my opinion evreything was cool: the musicians, the scenery, the organisation, the T-shirt, etc. I love your country and your race. Date of review: January 12, 2006