In short: A fantastic though hard trail run, the cakes and sandwiches at the end were brilliant. In full: A very well organised run through fantastic scenery. One of the hills just after a shingle beach was a killer, but the views back over Porlock were magnificent. Very friendly water stops with jelly babies and honey sandwiches, tricky navigation in some places, but overall a brilliant race, and one for my calendar next year.
Plus, the sandwiches and cakes at the finish were great, particularly liked the home made ones! Date of review: July 31, 2005
In short: Glorious Gloucestershire In full: Lovely village atmosphere and good scenery. A free glass of cider cant be sniffed at, but cant be drunk if driving. (Bring a friend, who can tell you how good it tasted!)
Not 100% flat course. Though not far off my PB.
Bit of a drive for me, but will be back some time in the future.
In short: Great race. In full: Very well organised; turned up an hour before to register on the day and no problems.
The course is tough in that the first 2 and a bit miles are largely uphill - a bit relentless and then a very stiff section that lasts for about a quarter of a mile. The rest of the first circuit is a very welcome downhill, but then you face the trudge up again for the second circuit.
Despite the hills, still a good race for beginners, and plenty of finishers around the 80 minute mark.
Then lashings of tea and scones to follow in one of Harrogate's thousands of tea rooms.
In short: You have got to work hard but the rewards are there. In full: A good race with a couple of ups and a few more downs. Very well organised and marshalled. Certainly not flat but fron a lad fron the pennines not hilly either. Thanks, I'll be back. Date of review: July 31, 2005
In short: This race is not for PB's but its one of the best orgainsed races I've done. In full: I was surpised how many marchals were out for the race - fantasic. Some key points.
> Unless your a v.top runner dont expect to run all the way - the hills are too steep. (in some respects that makes the race easier as you dont feel you have to - i started walking earlier). > The scenery is fantasic, the course brings you through woods, up hills then a 1-2 mile or so(well thats what it felt) down hill towards the end.
In short: Good course and facilities (ie leisure centre.) its got 1 hard climb out of the town which the fitter people can easily manage to stay runing. Senic in the wood lands. Its not an cross country type race with streams/ but there are a few styles. In full: Generally a good course usefull for a good sunday workout. I think local rugby clubs use this as a start of season get fit race which keeps it a good atmosphere.
The only - ve point is t-shirts only for the first 50. At £10 entry, i would have minded an extra 2 pound for a shirt. Thats a bit mean for us slower runners. Would not put me of running again but it gets a few -ves points for that. Date of review: July 31, 2005
In short: I ran this race in 2005 but cannot select that year on the ratings form...This race had a number of very negative ratings which have all disappeared. Is it a computer glitch or is there something to hide In full: The marshalls went walkabout and ruined what might have been quite a pleasant race. It's the simple things that make or break a race and when you let the lead runners go for an extra couple of K you do ruin the race. Date of review: July 31, 2005
In short: Fairly well organised 10k, needs some tweaking In full: 3 laps around Victoria park, with around 1000 runnners. Pancake flat. Parking was difficult but then it is Central London, but the directions to the car park on the instructions took you to space that accomodated about 30 cars....you do the math for 1000 runners!
Could do with a lead bike as the fast front runners were hampered by back markers from as early as the start of lap 2.
Lots of water and sponges and free bag storage, although had to wait in a queue for 20 minutes to get my bag back.
All in all I don't think I'll make this one of my regulars..... Date of review: July 31, 2005
In short: A pleasant, flat, traffic-free course with a wide range of abilities taking part In full: Being down the road from me and pretty much flat this appealed as someone trying to get down from 53 minutes to a sub-50 10k. I managed it just. Very friendly atmosphere. Cool weather made it even better. Date of review: July 31, 2005