In short: need a big tree to wee behind In full: Is this one of your all-time favourite races? only done one other 'race' I dont race I like to talk to anyone and look at the views :-) Date of review: December 20, 2005
In short: PB Who cares! In full: After scrambling to the top of the dune the bottle neck for me was welcome! Just a great day out. Sorry to those i splashed as I came charging thorugh to finsh! T-shirt, pud and soup. Bargin!
In short: Perfect pre-Christmas race In full: My first time for this race. I found its to be one of the most relaxed and friendly races I have done. Must admit I secretly enjoyed the "bottleneck breather" at the start of the course as it was more than possible to make up for it in the later stages.
Good organisation, soup, rolls, T shirt and Xmas pudding (choice of soup & pud). Probably one of the best value races around. Well done Brackla! Date of review: December 20, 2005
In short: Quite outstanding - join me and do it next year! In full: Yes, it was a cold morning, yes the Roaches is a tough climb, but who cares! This race is a real gem - tough enough to test the competitive runners and fun enough for all standards of runner to enjoy. The atmosphere at the start and finish is great and the organisation spot-on. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: Fantastic race, excellent organisation, See you next year!! In full: A really good way of blowing the cobwebs from your hair on a cold December morning. I did find it a bit hilly and will put more training in before I run again next year. Christmas songs were great at the beginning though!! The T Shirt is well worth the entry money. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: nice flat course but half of it is on an airfield with no scenery and you can just see everyone beating you which could be disheartening for a beginner. Take a friend and chat your way round as a training run. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: big sand dune, big puddles, loads of fun In full: A fab race!!! Great atmosphere, loads of support, great marshalls and organisation. Couldn't run all the way up the sand dune and then got stuck at the top, which was frustrating!! Loved the puddles at the end (sorry to the girl who was trying to tiptoe through - I splashed her a bit!!!). Definately back again next year. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: Excellent Well Organised Race! In full: This is an excellent race that it well organised and has a good atmosphere. The facilities at the school are excellent and its great to keep warm until the last minute before the start. Yesterdays conditions were cold but you would expect this at this time of year. It is a great week to get those legs out before the Christmas food and drink! Overall it is great value for a well organised race. Thanks to the marshalls for standing out in the cold! It is much harder job than running round!
In short: I will definitely be back for more. It is brilliant. In full: I am probably old enough to be everyone's mother, here, but it is a superb atmosphere, marshals really encouraging, even in freezing conditions, and even I did not get lost!How about an O55 award then?, or a something for us who are mad enough to tackle all 3 in the series? Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: Two tough hills, three water splashes - but the rewards are worth it! In full: Think I'll review/explain my scores for this one:
Scenery - top marks for the terrifying view from the start line! PB Potential - is it physically possible to run all the way to the top of the dune? I got about 3/4 of the way before succumbing as my 'running' involved being passed by those sensible enough to walk! Atmosphere - I knew Santa is magic, but quite how he got round the course so quickly to marshall the route, I'll never know! Lots of (much needed) encouragement, and even some Christmas tunes at one point. Organisation - no real problems. Maybe the only comment could be that it was difficult to get through the crowds hanging around the finish line in order to get water (I think as the crowds grew, people started to miss the water table completely). I would suggest some attempt should be made to move finishers away from the line/water? Value - top notch! A very decent Christmas pud, T-shirt and choice of soup. I was happy just to take home some sand in my shoes (and the blisters that caused). Beginner-friendliness - great camaraderie on the course and good support from the sidelines. A tough race, but definitely leaves a feeling of achievement! There's even a chance to rest at the bottleneck. Overall - top top race. My first attempt and I'll definitely be back (even if generally I hate off-road races and I had a bad race personally, fading dramatically in the last mile such that half my team mates overtook).