In short: Fun & Muddy! In full: Lots of mud and hills! Friendly enough for beginners but not that slow at the back. We were spoilt at the end with a choccie bar, certificate and a lovely medal! I will be back next year! Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Tough conditions but still great! In full: Well what a difference a year makes. 2005 gave us glorious sunshine (and a biting cold wind) whereas 2006 brought both wind and rain! The difference between running along the seafront in sunshine and rain is immense. As I had ran the previous year I was aware of the grass section coming up from 10.5 miles, so was kind of expecting the mud well before I got to it. From the map sent out I had expected to run up that section rather than down it, but nevermind! Unlike some other reviewers, I managed to pick up a cup of water at the last drink station - an unknown fizzy drink is not what I wanted at that point. The advantage of the out-and-back style of this course is that you get to see the front-runners. The disadvantage is that you know they are so far ahead of you!! Summary: Very well organised again, great atmosphere (even in the rain) and challenging course. I still think PBs are achievable on this course especially after a dryer spell of weather. Hope to be back in 2007! Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Great run and great stew In full: At least the hills are all in the first half of the race. It would be nice if they ran another event in the summer so we could actually see the great views! Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Excellent well organised race In full: Great organisation with very cheerful friendly marshalls who were still as encouraging second time round in the pouring rain!! Minor gripe, programme said car park would close at 4.00 p.m. whereas notice at entrance said 2.30 p.m. I asked at the Information Desk but no-one could help so as a slow 20 miler I was concerned I would get my car locked in. It turned out that I made it back in time but it was a niggling worry I could have done without. Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Lovely scenery ... great race! In full: Got there early (8:30am) and had no trouble with queues or parking. Yes it was cold but hey, it's February! 1st half was challenging but after being watched by the lions I definitely had a spring in my step. 7km marker was a ~bit~ off and the last stretch of road before the finish was greasy, no traction made for difficult running. Still a PB - 7mins off my last 10K Will definitely do it again. Enjoyed a lovely afternoon in the Safari Park so missed the queues leaving the park aswell. Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Friendly, well-organised, great yellow hat, PB! In full: Thank you Reading! Excellent organisation and marshalling, and special thanks to the helper who unlaced my timing chip when I was slumped in a chair at the end. The massage was also a great idea - painful, but it definitely helped. And the amazing yellow hat! On top of that, I ran a PB. Now, can you bring the London marathon forward - I'm ready! Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: A tough but do-able course for me! In full: The second half hills showed me what I still need to develop, but a good experience overall even though I missed my target (2:10) by 3 mins. Still a PB (only one previous half though). Competitors and marshalls very friendly and encouraging. If I'd been faster I wouldn't have been out so long in the foul weather that seemed to strike just as I approached the killer hill at 8 miles. Very well organised and character building in my run up to the FLM - will definitely do again. Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: An enjoyable race ruined by traffic jams when _leaving_ the park. In full: The attraction of holding this race at Woburn is well documented by others, and I agree with them.
However this race was badly let down (to the point that I will NOT do it again) by the following:
- start delayed. this is inexcusable. if people are late, then that should be their problem, not mine! - toilets were miles from the start line, and ran out of toilet paper very early. - where were the marshalls? - 7km marker was a joke - i queued for approx 1.5 hours to leave the park when trying to drive home afterwards ... grrrrrr!!
yes, i should probably lighten up, but the traffic jam when leaving the park was one issue to many for me! Date of review: February 20, 2006