In short: A good solid race with some nice variations in surface In full: Run along the sea front so always a potential to be very windy, going up over the cliff tops along the main road after 8 miles which is good. It's nice to be beside the sea, but the sea front of Brighton is hardly scenic. I prefer coming back is better as you can't really see the road and industry, and you can see where you've got to get to in the distance (downhill) which is a buzz - this surface is on grass - great but slippery if it rains, and because it's on an steep angle (sideways) difficult to overtake anyone. Considering the dreadful weather, there was great support at the start and finish too although little in-between. Overall a good race and excellent prep for London Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Beautiful Scenery - :) In full: No seriously - a well organised race that I'm doing for the second year in a row - Worth it just to run through the burnt out car section of the course :) Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Lovely course, adequate marshalling, poor parking In full: I'd consider doing it again for the views and the fast second half, but the parking needs to be better organised. How can it be so difficult to let 1,500 cars into what must be the biggest car park in Britain? It took me 30 minutes to get from the gate to being parked - and I wasn't even a latecomer. Did anyone else think that the 7kms marker was in the wrong place? Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Never enjoyed a cup of soup so much. Very well organised by very friendly people. I liked the markers every km, they really helped me as I was trying to run an even paced race. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Good setting & good organisation In full: Good traffic-free course to run round.... Organisation good - and an acceptible toilet situation (thats a novelty for most races!) Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: This was my 1st race in years, and its certainly put me back in the swing of things In full: This was a beautifully different race around the safari park, with great scenery. There was a great mix of abilities and ages which was fantastic to see. Ill definately be doing it again next year. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: A fun race in a Big Game setting In full: First time at this event. Start hampered by traffic congestion getting onto site and parking. The race itself was great - enough hills and changes of scenery (including lions!) to keep it interesting but not so tough that it felt like a slog. I agree it would be nice to hold it a little later in the year to show Woburn off to its full potential - the woodland section in spring would be lovely. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Well worth braving the cold for. Well done Tamworth In full: Fantastic value. To the Mayor and Mayoress of Tamworth - you have restored some of my faith in local goverment. Top marks for being so visable, so charming and so cheerful - excellent.
For such superb organisation and a quite brilliant start and finish area, its a shame that the route couldn't give a better impression of the Town (speaking as an ex-Tammie!)Thought the burnt out car said it all -how about converting it to a drinks station next year?!
Well done everyone involved in the organisation and for offering great support on a freezing Sunday. Looking forward to 2007! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Very well organised race. Although the 'big hill' towards the middle was challenging it did mean the rest of the course was flat or slightly downhill. Allowed me to knock 4 minutes off season's best. In full: Arrangements at leisure centre and fire station were excellent. Appreciated the big pile of safety pins for those who forgot their own! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: great race thanks to the organisers & marshalls In full: first half marathon for me and twig and we did good. thanks to the organisers and the marshalls they were really friendly. will def. do this again ! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Enjoyable, though a bit cold. In full: Fun enough, with great scenery and a good course through the park. Friendly crowd, but I didn't see many marshalls and the Woburn staff looked suicidal! Pity my PB didn't register on the chip: I wasn't there according to the results. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Choice of distances for PB's. Testing little run out In full: Missed out on the first two of the series of three. Nice idea to choose 5.4k, 10.4k or 15.4k so whippetts, distance runners, beginners or vets could all have a go in the company of kindred spirits. Cheeky little loop advertised as an incline on the first half-downhill on the second. By lap three I thought the inclines were getting steeper. Okay, not a fell race but enough to let you know you are alive. Adequate water, okay medal and good, supportive marshalls. Great trails through stunning forest. I wonder what this would be like late summer/early autumn. The unique distances mean that you'll get a PB/SB for the distance but your mins per mile are liable to be more than usual! Well done to the organisers. Great idea, well executed and thank you. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Very well organised and great fun In full: Fantastic day to experience my first 10K. Weather was miserable but irrelevant thanks to the excellent organisaton, wonderful encouragement from the Marshalls, Cadets, supporters and locals and friendly atmosphere. Course not too pretty (burnt-out car not the best feature in Tamworth) but so much fun it didn't matter. Great medal and lovely to see Mayor and Mayoress joining in the warm up and congratulating the finishers. Thanks everyone for a great time. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Not much you can do about the weather. I got more rain in my mouth than official drinks ! In full: This race had a great deal of potential, which was mostly hindered by the inclement weather. A chaotic start with faulty sound system and congestion, but a nice quick pace to begin. The detour round the lanes was interesting.
Once the rain had truly set in the course became difficult and dangerous on the cliff top due to running on the rabbit holed grass/mud. (I saw one athlete complete a full 360 in the air becuase of the mud, bouncing off the cliff fence!!!)
The water stations were amusing. The water in the cups managed to wet my chest before helping with hydration and as for the fizzy drinks at the 11 miles mark ?!?!?!?!?! The carbonated noise released as I opened the bottle made me wish that I had opted for water.
I guess my summary sounds all doom and gloom, but if the organisers could improve the water provision combined with an anti rain dance we could have something special !!! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: A challenging course, through a nice scenic route, with great organisation. In full: We drove up from mid essex for this race, and are really glad we did so. The weather was cold, windy and miserable, but dry. The race was extremely well organised, was marshalled very well, and supplied plenty of water stations and a sponge station. There was plenty of support, and the finish area was fantastic to run up, with all runners being cheered home. The course is challenging due to the hills, and the fact that you are exposed to a strong wind that seemed to be constantly in your face! Upon finishing, we were given a bottle of commemorative ale, a banana, a cup of squash or water, and then a hot cup of either vegetable or tomato soup! There were also showers available, and, if you could stomach food so soon after a race, you could purchase bacon rolls or sausage rolls, tea and coffee. All in all, this was a fantastic mornings running, and congratulations to the organisers, will be back next year! Date of review: February 19, 2006