In short: Cold weather but warm welcome In full: I have done this race, on and off for about five years. It is a great way to finish the year and always has friendly competitors. Long sleeved t shirt was nice but prefered last years clock! Full marks to the marshalls and the police who, whilst getting grief from a lot of motorists kept their cool. Will be back next year. Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: A little gem of a race - everyone should do it In full: Superb organisation and marshalling this year. I have done it in all weathers over the years and it never fails to please. Bring the kids to cheer you on and play on the sand for a great family trip. The high spot of my running year. Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: Brilliant challenge - esp. the sand dunes In full: That the race begins with the highest sand dunes in Europe makes this quite special. Followed soon after by another (not quite so challenging!) climb means this is a race well worth turning up for! Soup at the end very welcome as the air was cold and hard on the lungs. Only down side is lack of toilets and NO changing facilities. Otherwise superb. Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: Very very cold!!!! In full: Clear skies and no wind which good, but made for a very chilly run which was tough on the lungs. The first few kilometers seemed hard but soon warmed up and got into my running.
The course was undulating with a couple of longish hills, but nothing too tough. The marshalls were friendly, and the facilities are the school were great (first time i've not had to queue for the toilet!). The long sleeve t-shirt is a nice touch in December.
All in all a very good race, and shall certainly be back next year. Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: Great run, great scenery In full: Home territory, so extra enjoyable. Great organisation - great cakes at the end! Good support, especially the two young lads at the end 'Go on! You can do it in under 27!' - just the encouragement needed! Thanks to RPAC Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: Just don't expect an easy ride.........a really good challenge! In full: Warm family feel with the added bonus of mince pies afterwards. One drawback was the cold showers but I understand this is a difficult one as bigger races struggle just the same. Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: One Massive Sand Dune, One Long Slow Hill and a River In full: A great race with 2 challenging climbs. Superb atmosphere, well marshaled and pudding + t-shirt as prizes. Excellent, would recommend. Start needs to be in the car park to prevent bottle neck at top of big dipper (cost me 3 minutes), also there were plenty of toilets but no-one knew about the 20 cubicle block 200 yards from the car park and everyone was in a queue for a single toilet in the car park. One sign would have sorted that. Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: Top bannana ! In full: Nice T-shirt, a Christmas Pud (Sainsbury's..) as big as the dipper itself for 2005, Soup & Roll, great athomosphere, excellent marshalling, organised by runners for runners, special (albeit basic..) facilities to wash the sand out of your toes towards the end of the course, one of the most enjoyable races you'll ever do - all for £7 !! Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: Excellent race In full: Good bits: The course, the organisation, the digital clock at the half way stage, the medal Bad bits: The course was very narrow but not too much of a problem given the numbers running.
Overall: I really really enjoyed this race. It was no-nonsense and it went so smoothly. I think, irrespective, of getting a PB this has to be one of the best races for the year for me. All being well I will run this next year. Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: cold, bunched up too much at begining, but ok In full: quite hard today, found it a bit too cold for me, took 5km to get warm, seemed to be alot of not fast runners at front which didn't help, well marshalled, scenic, saw police getting an ear bashing from stopped motorist, long sleeve tshirt very good at this time of year, may do it again Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: Well Organised and very hilly In full: I really enjoyed this race. 5 stars to the organisers for starting on time - it was just below freezing and so many races leave you standing around for 5 minutes waiting for late people. 5 stars also go to the marshals - they were very encouraging to me (very near the back of the pack) and they must have been freezing. Good parking & loos (although as usual in races the flushing mechanism can't quite keep up with demand) Brilliant countryside & views, distinct paths well marked, quite a sandy place so not too much mud to worry about. I've never been to shattered after a 10K but I'll be back for more in Jan. (Note to organisers - how about an optional t-shirt? I feel the need to boast about actually finishing this race, but don't want to put the entry cost up) Date of review: December 18, 2005