In short: Good race if you like never ending winding country lanes In full: Toilet facilities could be improved at start. An enforced stop halfway to answer call of nature cost me a minute added on to my time. All in all though an excellent race, although flat doesnt necessarily mean easy. Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: Love this race, it's the first one I did in 2000, and I've been back every year apart from when I was on honehymoon. Fab friendly marshalls, lovely scenic course, brilliant atmosphere,would't miss it for the world. On on! Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: Really friendly runners and marshalls, thoroughly enjoyable. One hill I won't forget in a hurry, but nothing to really stress about. Parking worked like clockwork, toilet queues fine, and nice hot showers for afterwards. Brilliant. Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: So very hard, muddy, muddy, hilly and did I say muddy? Rewarding. In full: A cross-country virgin I found this incredibly difficult. However, the marshals and support were the best I have ever seen at any race. Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: Glorious weather made this just the perfect race In full: Not sure how much fun this would be in the stiff breeze and driving rain I usually come across in seafront races, but today with the blue skies it was just wonderful. Well over half the race is alongside the beach and the scenery was awesome. Made you feel good to be alive! Apart from a short sharp shock in the first mile, there are no hills to speak of (although the long gentle uphill grind around 3/4 of the way round is deceptively hard) which makes this definite PB potential. Water was (thankfully) plentiful this year in the hot conditions, and the wadge of malt loaf at the end was great - replaced more calories than I used up running! Great atmosphere at the start / finish, complete with brass band, and lots of encouragement on the way round. Marshalling & signposting & general organisation were flawless. Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: Great course, great organisation ... and a PB too In full: Great course, great organisation, well done to everyone involved. Only 2 very small gripes, no hooter/starting pistol at the start, for those of us in the middle of the pack the only reason we knew the run had started was when the people in front disappeared! Other one is 2nd water station had only 2 people manning it and when a bunch of us arrived at it together there wasn't enough of them to get us all water quickly - though they tried very hard. Both minor gripes that shouldn't detract from a very good race - once again well done and thank you to all involved. Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: Something different and good fun - would need to be cheaper for me to enter again though. In full: Race shortened due to excessive water on the beach. No complaints as I found it quite tough and another lap would have finished me off!
Obstacles made it quite different to any race I've run before and I thoroughly enjoyed it for the novelty value. Expensive at £10 for 3.25 miles though. £6 would be fairer and enough to make me come back next year. Pity about the lack of T-shirts but I like the medal.
The donkeys seemed to find us very entertaining! Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: Oragnisation first class, well surpoted. In full: Did 1/2 good route, only minus point really was cloack not working at end. Everyone, mentions the hill between 11 and 12 miles which is challenging, but no one mentions the plus side almost totally downhill for last 1.1 mile, good if you have any energy left. Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: I'd do it again purely as it's so local to me. It's a great atmosphere and gets people out racing that probably only turn out for this. Glad I parked at the castle this year and jogged to the start as I hear there were problems with the toilets. Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: Brilliant In full: my first half and this was just the place to do it. Weather was perfect for it and the sponges and drinks stations were well placed. I would definately recomend this race and will do it again. Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: Muddy, claustrophobic, agrophobic,hilly, in turn. Loved it! In full: Do it for the cakes. (Mind you, she ate the cakes, and made me do the run!)Surprising variety of running conditions, one minute inching up through clinging mud, the next belting down sloping grass fields, then forcing the pace up tarmac roads. Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: Not too bad but not worth the 2hr journey for me. I won't be back. In full: Things that were good: course is nice, start seemed pretty well organised, support around the course was fantastic, marshalls very friendly, nice to see the air ambulance at the start - a good reminder of the charity side of the event, commentators were very good and very clear.
Things that were bad: toilets - they were appalling - no water (yes thats right none of them flushed!) and no electricity, km markers - its just pure laziness to have markers out by that far, marshalling the start - why bother having 2 waves if you aren't going to marshal it - i started in the middle of the first wave and spent the first 2km dodging people with pink numbers walking in the middle of the road! Date of review: April 3, 2005