In short: A good race for all levels of runner or walker. In full: GOOD POINTS: 6k and 10k runs, and 3k walk Nice course (especially with the off road running) Excellent medal (one of the best this year) Excellent goodie bag (banana, pop, water, orange, mars, choccie biscuit bar, pen, flyers and more) Good PA (not irritating and actually rather helpful) Good for all levels of runner and walker
BAD POINTS: Traffic on roads (with the occasional driver advertising their cretinous idiocy with their horn) Few toilets Parking was pram unfriendly But the worst issue for me was having to stop right at the finish line after sprinting half a mile so that my number could be taken down (please improve on this as stopping so suddenly after running so hard is quite dangerous especially if someone behind you is sprints right into the back of you).
OVERALL: Excellent race, would do it again. Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: There cannot be a more beautiful trail to run, and the long rolling down is well worth the initial climb. In full: The medal I could manage without - bring back the stew! - but the race was great. You can't beat that scenery, and the course was very well chosen, with a sustained but runnable climb at the start followed by a long rolling descent to the lakeside and a flat final third. Highly recommended. Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: An enjoyabale and well organised run. Nice touch that Bradley Walsh started the race. In full: Given that this was the first running of the event, I thought it was a very enjoyable race. There were some minor problems, but not showstoppers. The race numbers were unusually large and, if it had rained, the fact that they were made of stiff paper meant that they would've disintegrated before the end. It's a shame that the land is private and it can't be used for training runs; I'd love to go back. All in all, it was well organized and marshalled by the local Rotary Club. I do hope they run it again next year. Nice T-shirt too. And when did you last get a drinks station on a 5 miler? Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: Tough race in hot weather In full: This was a difficult race under any conditions. However, there are some elements that need to be sorted out. While there were plenty of drinks stations, two of these were undermanned meaning that runners had to queue up. Secondly, this is not a traffic-free course and cars weaving through runners made some sections very dangerous. Also, lots of people crossing the course near the finish meant that it was necessary to take avoiding action. Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: Crowded, pricey and no chance of a PB - but still a very special race In full: Once again Sept rolls around and off I go again to the GNR. Really enjoyed myself this year, as I ran with no thought a PB, just to run a decent run and have a good time - I'd almost forgotten how much of a do they put on. No moans about poor transport from the finish, the crowds or over-ambitious first timers putting themselves right at the front. Expected those and got them in spades. Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: good for spectators In full: I struggled desperately with the heat. Really disappointed that I resorted to walking. No problems with water supply, I think I drank too much because of the heat. Should be a really fast course - but without any downhill stretches my messed up mind told me I was going uphill?! Poor excuses from the organisers but plent of potential and plenty of good intentions. Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: great pb potential In full: This also is my local as I'm very biased and very keen for it to prosper. I thought overall it was a good improvement on 2005.
The warm-up lady from the local Leisure Centre, Active Leisure, was great, although I was worried she was going to completely going to knacker me out!
The big disappointment was missing the loop around Mewsbrook Park at the beginning. People who hadn't done the race before though they were doing amazing PB's until they got marshalled around Mewsbrook at the end and it bacame a bit of a killer. The mile markers were also all over the place. I came accross a 9km marker swiflty followed by an 8Km marker!
It was good to see more Clubs supporting the race this year and I'm a firm beliver that given time and a bit more organisation this can become just as popular as Bognor. Date of review: September 18, 2005