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
In short: Muddier than 2005, excellent fun.Really well organised:free tea for runners and spectators very welcome.Great atmosphere again,v.friendly.Managed top 200 this year so I'm happy! Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Well organised, friendly marshalls and challenging course. In full: Great race which challenged the mind as well as the body, the hills seemed to go on forever. Great medal and stuff, wasn't expecting such a good pack for a charity race, especially loved the piece of chocolate at the finish line, delicious. Well done to the organisers and a big thank you to the marshals for their words of encouragement and traffic control. Having access to the school hall was a big plus point. Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Good race, will do next year. In full: Enjoyed the race- some hard hills but that adds to the achievement!! Well organised, good medal and Tshirt. Thanks. just ask Mother Nature to make it a little warmer next year! Joe Carr Date of review: February 20, 2006