In short: More Toilets (or bushes!) - Get rid of the corner 20 yards afte rthe start! - Last year spent more time in Clumber park, long road at start was a bit dull In full: There must be a way to move the corner and therefore allow for a more speedy start. Dont understand the difference between Chip time and "Official time" some cases this was 60 + seconds appart.... BUT IT IS A FINE EVENT! Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: The worst organised race I've ever run In full: At most this was 9.5k, which is pretty disappointing. Why couldn't they have just extended the finish further round the field? The worst part of the race was the fact that turning back on yourself on the loop meant you were running straight into slower runners. I was faced with a wall of slower runners at one point and couldn't help but accidently run straight into one poor lady. It was just plain dangerous. When I put these points to the race organiser at the end all he could say was 'well it was just a fun run'. Not good enough for a race that cots £10 to enter I'm afraid! Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Well-run by friendly marshals who remained uplifting for us runners despite the pouring rain! Personalised t-shirt was a very nice touch; agree with other runners that the main improvement will be getting additional toilet facilities for such a run. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Excellent if you like a challenge! In full: Having not run that far...ever I really struggled with the hills and the wind. Some of the views helped take my mind off the pain for a while, but over all I found this the hardest race I have ever done to date. Could be good as a marker of fitness for next year though...or I may wimp out and go for the shorter race. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: I loved every minute In full: Fantastic race - the hills give you a bit of guilt-free walking time and the scenery takes your mind off things. Brilliantly organised and more in line with walking events in the way that you get lots of food on the way round! I'm definitely coming back next year!! Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Good value race on a picturesque course. In full: Well orgainsed race and although there weren't many marshalls it was cleary marked out. A bit of a struggle to go so close to the end and still have another 1/2 mile or so to go. Nice large medal.
In short: Scenic and well-organised. A great addition to the local race scene In full: Very well organised in the 10.9 although there was a problem in the shorter race apparently. Small numbers due to first race. This is a very scenic race on the outskirts of Luton and all off-road (apart from 500M down a very quiet country lane cul-de sac.
Only two suggestions for improvement. Advertise it a bit more Get the council to open the gate near the end (must haev keys in the sports centre. It is slippery to climb over the round metal bars with muddy shoes and the person behind me ended up flat on the floor. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: OK overall though the start needs better organisation In full: Weather good for running, bad for spectators (thanks to those who turned out). Course hillier than I'd expected and first 4 miles on road a bit of a drag. I was stuck in toilet queues so joined start at the very, very back. The first couple of miles were too narrow for the number of runners and I was well behind target pace by the time I could run freely. PB potential good if you start at the front, no chance if you start at the back. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Just to say you've done it is enough. Fantastic!! In full: If you've done road marathons, then you have to do this off-road one just to prove that you can. It's tough, it hurts, you want to die but there are views that astound and when you finish you can bask in the glory of finishing one of the UK's toughest marathons. Not for wimps or PB hunters. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Enjoyable race on closed roads - well worth the trip In full: Good overall but could have done better in certain areas eg more toilets, more water at the end, some kind of food to hand out at the end eg bananas, energy bars etc. The first water station was also a bit of a free-for-all and could have done with a few more helpers. The race itself was great - I really appreciated the closed roads and the scenery was lovely. Good mix of runners too. Special race. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: When the aches have gone, the memories will remain. Brilliant! In full: One of the toughest events I can conceive, finishing with a real brute of a hill and a treacherous off road descent, but I loved it. Superb scenery, memorable (!!!) weather, friendly runners, marshals bearing gifts (mars bars and sweet, hot tea!). The wife tells me the atmosphere amongst the spectators was brilliant too. Well done to all the organisers. See you next year. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: already booked time off work for 2006! In full: You will not find a better race of any distance in this country, or probably anywhere else come to mention it. The only 'must-do' race in my calendar, and the often poor weather just adds to the experience!
In short: So very wet! Friendly race but more toilets definitely needed! In full: Shame about the weather though nobody's fault obviously! Thought was going to miss the start with the huge toilet queues, really need more facilities with that many competitors! Managed to take 10 mins off PB despite weather. There was lots of support throughout the race from the crowd and marshals, overall a friendly race. Oh, and nice t-shirt! Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Tough for complete novices In full: Well organised, plenty of marshalls. But beginners should be aware how much of this circular course is up-hill: a lot of it! Wish the marshalss wouldn't say "it's all down hill from here" at the 5, 6 and 7K stages when it quite clearly isn't! Date of review: October 31, 2005