In short: Scenic two-lap race mainly on quiet country roads with glorious wintry sunshine. In full: Returned after 2005 and enjoyed this year's event even more. To me, the course is reasonably flat, the norfolk countryside is very attractive and peaceful (apart from an irate driver who seemed upset with the race causing him to wait!, and hearing a full-blown argument reverbriating from a farmhouse that seemed to get loader as I got further away!!);friendly competitors (I ran the whole race next to a complete stranger and forgot to even introduce ourselves), and the marshalls (like Bury last week) were wonderfully encouraging in the cold. The weather was glorious but the wind had an arctic feel to it when it got going.
This is the quintessence of a friendly/low-key/village event that welcomes everyone and you're made to feel special as you cross that finish-line. Thanks to Wymondham AC - will be back in 2007 Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: A great start to a sunday morning In full: Well organised race along beautiful country lanes. A fast race and a friendly, enthusuastic crowd. My first race after having a baby!! Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Beautiful day and a scenic course. Very well marshalled. some brutal little climbs, but otherwise fast. Knowing the area well, not sure why we had quite so many 360 loops and twists and turns. Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Brilliant organised and marshalled. A typical TRAC event! In full: Overall a fairly tough course with some hard hills. However there were some fast stretches and great encouragement from the marshalls at the hills.Great feeling of relief at finshing. Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: The course deserves a better event In full: This is a tough half - on a par with watford and windsor. The hills in the first half are really hard climbs and after the first 2 miles there don't seem to be many downhill sections until the last gloriously fast mile. The scenery is terrific though, especially in the wonderful sunshine we had this year, and for those who like a tough challenge this is a perfect course.
The only downside is that the civilised start time (11.30) means there are a lot of cars out on the roads and this led to one or two close scrapes with some impatient drivers. Crossing a busy road at one point was especially hairy. Starting 15 minutes after the fun runners is a good idea though - great to catch up with several people in fancy dress after a few miles and wish them good luck.
Have to agree with the other comments about the organisation. Pre-race pack was hopeless, just a number with no race information at all. I know people always complain about the toilet facilities - there are NEVER going to be enough to keep everyone happy - but this time they really were shambolic. Water stations are poorly organised, and the first one is too late in the race. Signposting is excellent but marshalling is no more than adequate.
In sum, great fun while running but obvious limitations when not. Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Beautiful (with sun) and fun running amonst the confused public! In full: Well marshalled, good weather, good views and fun running amongst the confused old biddies! Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Very poor organisation - the only saving grace was that it is for a good cause. In full: Very long queue to register. No Km markers. Very poor direction stewards - made do with white arrows where there were none. No timer display at the end of the race. No distinction b/w 3k and 8k runners so they had to ask you. Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Nice flat course - very cold biting wind but I did a PB so I'm happy! In full: Friendly, well organised and nice scenery. Wind was cold but the sun was glorious. Would do it again. Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Cracking little run In full: A lovely little course aided by great spring-like weather. One gripe - the on-the-day entry fee was a pound more than advertised in the entry form I'd earlier picked up - as I'd jogged over from Lewisham with only what I thought was the exact money on me (unsure about the left baggage facilities), this led to a bit of embarrassment at the registration table! Still, the medal was the best yet, marshalling friendly, and a great atmos. Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: As 2005, a fantastic race, very well organised In full: A new PB for me, so even on this tough course, it is possible. Thanks alot to all those who made it such a great morning at the origin of space and time on the planet.... Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Fantastic weather (apart from the strong wind in places) made this an enjoyable route. First race I have enjoyed in ages. In full: Well organised friendly race. Supporters along the route were a welcome boost too. Only downside was the shortage of toilets, but apart from that, no complaints and will be back next year to try and take another few minutes off my time from this year! Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Challenging training run; let down by poor organisation In full: No directions to the start. Long wait for the loos. Clubhouse too small for ~1000 starters in the cold. Lovely route Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: A tough off road challenge for longer distance runners In full: 21 miles around Cannock Chase following a sawdust trail. There are usually only around 150 brave souls so the gaps do open up. After a bumpy and hilly first 800 metres it all seems pretty easy for the next few miles along flat well made tracks. It gradually gets more off road until you hit the dreaded 'switchbacks' at around halfway (short steep muddy climbs followed by perilous descents). Most runners are reduced to walking. The surface gets easier after this, but the damage has been done. A final sting in the tail is another climb in the last mile. Not for beginners, but great fun if you are up for a challenge. Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Well organised, challenging, scenic and good value In full: Really an echo of what has already been written, but was a beautiful sunny day and the wind managed to behave itself for most of the time. The Marshalling was excellent – plentiful, cheerful and supportive. The facilities at the sports club were good and not over burdened. I hadn’t done the Thanet 20 before, and so wasn’t familiar with the Cabbage field course people fondly re-call. Only ran through the one cabbage field, and found the course to be scenic and interesting enough to keep my mind off my aching legs! You did share the boardwalk with the public, but it was plenty wide enough – and it was a nice day after all. You got a bottle of water, medal, mars bar, and random silver effect plate at the end. All for a tenner! For me, it makes it one of the better races I’ve done, and race directors for other similar smaller field races could learn lessons from the way this was run. Date of review: March 5, 2006