In short: Good friendly race in lovely surroundings In full: (2006 race) Race run almost entirely on country lanes with a mile or two of canal at the end. Very well organised out in the field with good encouraging marshalls. A wide spread of abilities makes this an excellent race for the beginner.
Undulating course is a bit of a challenge - the first 3 miles are up a slight incline which can certainly take it out of you, but a fast second half.
An excellent start for this new race. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Great scenery and very undulating In full: I am pleased I entered this race - it was nice to have a run with some nice views to take your mind off the miles and miles ahead.
My only criticism is the last 1/2 mile. The area around the front of the school was chaotic - with spectators and others standing on the route. Also having to run through a housing estate with lots of turns is the last thing you need. Please make the finish a straight run. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Flat, fast -and friendly In full: Well organised with friendly marshalls and generous support on a long race with a less than spectaclar route. If only it could start half an hour later it would be much more accessible for people coming from Sussex by train.
Running alongside cars on narrower roads and a roundabouts made me a little nervy!
Great FLM build up and a confidence boost for the full 26.2 - still a bit of gas left at the end due to the flat course and the conditions were perfect. Good value for money. Thank you Worthing. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: It is what you make of it. In full: Flat course with good pb potential, however narrow streets at the start and no attempt to organise the runners so the slower runners were at the back detracts from this. A complete free for all at the baggage drop where some vacuous looking helpers had clearly given up, despite the extra charge they had extracted. I would only run again because I live near by. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: my 1st 10k so got PB of 51:20,great finish In full: PB potential, big race feel, always have company around you, spectators excellent,a definate do every year race and because of that this race will get "BIGGER" each year without a doubt, championchips are a great tool used in this so no hold up at the finish, anyone planning to do a 10k this is a must Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: better luck next year In full: Ok there were more runners than they expected but it's the first time I've had to queue to get over a finish line. Everybody else has already said it all, but I hope that doean't put the organisers off doing it all again next year. A flat half that I can get to by local bus has to be good. Seriously heavy medal! Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: poor in all ways apart from medal! In full: had to pick up number despite entering in february, parking at the info centre was a nightmare to get in and out of, start was delayed(no fault of organisers). slow runners at front of start made it frustrating for me and in the end give up overtaking, discarded oversized drinks bottles at stations provided steeplechase entertainment, the finish lacked any info or organisation, crowded finish, all in all a disappointing experience which I will not repeat. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Very well organised and marshalled. Something to eat in a goody bag would have been nice. Love to do it again but can the organisers arrange for a less windy day! Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Fast flat course but watch out for the weather! In full: Definate PB potential but the weather has a bearing on that! I was 1.15 up on my best time after 5 miles then turned into a very strong wind. PB gone. Well organised and friendly atmosphere and very good value for money. (£9 unaffiliated). A selection of cakes and tea at the end was a nice touch. I'll be back next year. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: We had wind, we had sun, we had rain, and did I mention the wind? In full: Well organised event and an absolute bargain for £7. Marshalls were very helpful and the atmosphere was good. Only real down side was that the changing and loo facilities at race HQ were on the limited side. The weather definitely affected my time, but was pleased with the result. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: A cracking race, the muddy hills were a killer, mind. In full: I really enjoyed the course, my trainers were really heavy after the river crossing, combined with the muddy hills at the end made it hard work for the last two miles or so. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: nice course can't say too many bad things as got a PB In full: I think that the organisers need to look at the toilet situation at the start i don't come from the area so had no idea where to go. Bit choatic at the end and no clear signs where to go to get medal and water or give in champion chip and saw plenty of people going home with them on. Also i thought that you may get a goody bag or T shirt or perhaps that is being greedy anyway achieved a PB so that was nice but perhaps more signs to say that you are coming to the end Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: It was a very well organised race, thanks! In full: Good race, course was more challenging than I anticipated it would be though! Organisation was extremely good - would definitely do it again. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Was it really 10k? In full: Great location but the course was a little too muddy for my liking - especially as I don't want to risk any injuries in preparation for the London Marathon. I'm not convinced it was 10K either - I'm sure I never saw a 5k marker and even with a foot injury I got 10 minutes off my previous PB - I would love to shout about it but I feel like a fraud if I do! ;) Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: A chance to see a nice part of the countryside In full: I was curious to see whether anybody else thought the distance was off. I too got a fast time (in fact 2secs better than my PB). On a slippery, hilly course, and not feeling on top form, that was not what I would have expected. My Garmin recorded the distance as 8.64km, and I had the 7km marker as almost spot on 6km. I can't in good conscience call it a PB.
Criticisms of the course distance aside, the organisation was splendid, and would make a great first 10k for some. There is however a substantial hill climb early on that, all other things being equal, could put paid to a PB attempt. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Very flat and very windy In full: Good course, and the fact that I got into the prizes made my day. That said one of the prizes was a bit strange - a garmin forerunner 201 without lithium ion battery or GPS receiver (i.e. a plastic box)??? Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Excellent early season marathon through the attractive Norfolk/Suffolk countryside. In full: Returned after enjoying last year's event. The event remains one of the best organised - good sign-posting to location, efficient number collection, modern and clean changing rooms/showers, accurate mile markers, excellent marshaling - even calling out the names of runners as we went by!, efficient water/sponge stations, and big enough field to always have someone in sight. The course is demanding with a few hills on the early part of each lap, and the wind gave me a good battering in the last few miles to really test your mettle. Just a couple of areas for improvement - the baggage area was unsupervised and you had to climb over the piles of bages to locate yours in some inaccessible place - one or two people organising this in a larger room would solve this. Also, to receive just a towel for completing the marathon rather than a medal was disheartening. Anyway - mainly excellent - thanks to everyone involved Date of review: April 2, 2006