In short: With most miles downhill this is an excellent first half. In full: Trees, the lake, waterfalls and shade most of the way made this a great run and one I will definately be coming back to next year.
My only gripe is with runners who discard plastic waer bottles down the slopes to the lake - they weigh virtually nothing empty so carry them with you and leave them at the next water station. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Great race, but to capacity I think In full: Nice course, first half a little undulating, second half flat which gives PB opportunities if you take the first half steady.
Marshals were great, very efficient and helpful.
Water bottles handed out on the course were of a more economical size, much better than the usual size of which most is usually wasted.
The support around the course was fantastic.
Now the negatives... some parts of the course were a bit narrow, forcing you to slow right down almost to walking. I don't think this race could take any more runners, it would just be too crowded.
You had the option of paying £1 extra for a framed lace panel, which I did and am very pleased with because I have so many medals and it was something different. But it was supposed to be either panel or medal I believe and some runners were taking both, which meant that they'd run out of both for the later marathoners (and half marathoners I believe too). Going home without something to show for your achievement is not nice.
I enjoyed the race immensly though and took 10 minutes off my marathon PB :) Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: not your normal 10k In full: a little bit of everthing - forest trail, beach, tarmac, grass and sand dunes. well organised and marshalled. for £8 (pre register and no sae) you get a marie curies race vest and medal - great bargain Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Fantastic Organisation, Great Scenery and a PB In full: This is a great event. The organistaion was terrific running like clockwork, without forgetting that we are all there to have fun. The Marshalls were friendly, helpful and supportive, and kind to my wife and daughter (who wern't running). The scenery was wonderful through woodland for almost the entire course, underfoot was excellent cindertracks throughout apart from a few hundred metres of tarmac. I will return to this race every year from now on, and my wife suggested she will start running again after experiencing the feeling around this event. I also took 4 minutes off of my PB!!! Well Done Farnham Runners you show many "Bigger" events how it should be done. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: _ In full: Nice run, but running over dunes and along the beach may tire you out quickly, if this is your first 10k. The organisation, considering this is a small event, was good, and race results were available 20 minutes after the race. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Difficult running surface In full: The Canvey sea wall is mainly stoney/gravel so it does interfere with your rhythm. There was a bit of a cock-up where the 5k and 10k runners split. Otherwise, good event. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Good choice for a first time marathon In full: Excellent facilities for the runners and supporters, loads of loo's (which makes a big difference when you don't have to queue for half an hour before the start, plenty of water stations and loads of friendly marshalls. Had to dodge the many motorbikes along the course - especially around the watersports area. Overall, a well organised event with loads of info before and at the event. Brilliant :-) Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Would have been better as a walk. In full: A great cause with a lot of goodwill, but the run itself was a shambles. Late start, plently of plugs for Tesco over the pa but runners/marshalls not informed of revised start time. Some runners fed up with waiting in the drizzle making their own starts. A large proportion of the course was along single file tracks, the first of which came within 400 yards of the start. The scenery may have been interesting, but the conditions underfoot were so treacherous with uneven long wet grass and a multitude of rabbit holes that you dare not look around. No comparison to other country hose events this year at Hatfield and Woburn. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Good race for PB In full: My local race, so bound to be biased, but good course for setting PB. Weather was pretty much perfect. Only quibbles were missing loop round local park on way out, which meant km markers were meaningless, and no attendants at water station at 5km marker. Only 2nd year of running so bound to improve. Will defintely be back. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Overall good race. WIll do again. Sort out the water station though. It was useless. In full: Good race with PB potential. Couple of bumps at 7 and 8k on the bridges crossing the motorway below. Bottleneck at the finish was a problem but I was told it was because somebody had collapsed in the line. Can't blame the organisers for that!! It was blooming hot though. Could a cooler day be arranged next year please!! An earlier start than 10.30 for a race in August might not be a bad idea. Biggest problem was the water station. Wouldn't normally bother with water for a 10k but it was very hot. Picked up a cup off the table and it was empty. Found they were all like that and was then told to hold on while they pour me one! Complete farce!! That needs sorting for next year. Other people were complaining of the same afterwards. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Very Enjoyable In full: My 5th 10k and one of the best, not for PB potential, just the overall good feel of the race. The facilities, organisation, encouragement from the public, the well marshalled water stations were all excellent. The long sleeve t-shirt with the entrants names on the back was a nice touch. It seemed to me to be Hilly from 1.5 to 7k not the 4-7 that was advertised. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Great atmosphere & enjoyable race through a there and back flat course. Lots of people at all levels. Great finish line! In full: Calling out your name over the loud speaker was great and the two girls who put the medal around your neck were very supportive and encouraging! Friends of mine ran the relay and the lack of transport to the change over point was a problem. They had to walk back 4.5 miles and nearly missed out on the food. But other than that it was a great race. Date of review: September 12, 2005