In short: Starting to suffer from its popularity sadly! In full: A lovely if somewhat challenging course with good organisation BUT - there were loads too many people mid-pack leading to some of us having to queue for over FOUR minutes to get over a stile!! AND it was a pity to have to stop at some of the road crossings. These two set-backs lead me to think that if I do ever run this again, I will only do it as a training run. Good training run though!! Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Very friendly with nice scenery and a great downhill finish. In full: Very crowded start into a narrow lane coupled with a hill at 7km scuppered my PB ambitions. But very friendly with lots of opportunity to chat on the run and pretty fields all around. I liked the slate coaster memento, but didn't see the point of the powdered soup packet... Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Weather great, ran a PB & everyone friendly In full: Excellent course, well marshalled, pretty quick(partly because finish is well downhill from the start) so excellent PB potential. Everyone friendly & had my name & number called as I crossed the line (nice touch). Entered on line & confirmation email said about collecting race number on the day, and the Ashford Runners website had all the information. Only my 3rd race & I,ll be back next year Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: I need more hill training!!!! In full: The organisation was really first class, from parking, changing, toliets and the start. First 3 miles or so is a little 'busy' for my liking - but that is personal to me rather than a relfection on the race.
The hills are a challenge - but then I went hard at every single one. My legs called time just short of 12 miles forcing me to walk for a minute, but managed to remainder okay. The run through the park is deceiving, because the finish seems close at hand and it's not!
this was a PB for me by 8 1/2 minutes, so I'm well pleased. Definately run this in 2007 it's a good fitness test.
Personally I would prefer a medal to a t-shirt, but that is me.
Would I recommend Watford - absolutely enter NOW. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Nice morning out In full: Another great Chichester 10k. Very good race, nice course with a mix of town and rural. Very well marshalled. PB for me again so will definitely return next year to see if I can get another Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Great race, well orgainsed as usual In full: Fantastic organisation as always along with perfect running conditions made a great event. Some of the best marshalls around and the organisers had thought of everything.
Am amazed at some of the comments though: Some races give T-shirts, some medals. This one is T-shirts as stated on event details. Water was as per event details if not slightly better. Refreshments were available in the college canteen. Finish line was obvious to me - just beyond start line with clock and "FINISH" banner. Timing chips cost money - most people have perfectly good watches to do their own.
Finally, tip for you next year - there are so many different toilets in the college, there is always one set that very few people find even though they are signposted. Both M & F had no queues at 10 a.m.... Date of review: February 6, 2006