In short: Dissapointing start and finish. In full: I echo the points raised in the previous rating. This was my first 10k and I found it very difficult to settle into a pace on the two-abreast path which meant we had to compromise the path with those who were out for their daily stroll.
The start to the race was a bit sudden and didn't give anyone enough time to organise themselves. At the end there was no rounding off by the organisers and no momento for the day. In addition, some of the water stations were unprepared for the runners causing some to stop to collect their drink.
I would also advise anyone with fair skin to take sun block as it is quite open by the shore and you may be prone to burning.
The map should definitely have been marked out better and be aware that you have to run through a tufty field which isn't kind to your ankles.
The views are nice on a good day and Sandwich itself is very scenic. Date of review: August 28, 2005
In short: The worst 10k in the world?? In full: The map provided with the race in insturctions was useless as it has no road names on and sandwich town centrwe is a rabbit warren of roads. Not one sign pointing to the start.The parking in Sandwich is rubbish. The race number was plastic. All 3 races started at the same time with no segragation. The first 1/2k was down a very narrow track. Two way running for much of the race, and worst of all no medal or certificate depsite saying so on the race write up. £10 for that what a rip off.
Also the race was really poorly supported considering it was part of the sandwich festival. On trying to leave there were hundreds of people out watchinh the mobility 'race' which had about 5 participants from what I could see and the police had closed the whole of Sandwich town centre.
In short: Great race and great and friendly organisation In full: Scenic, yet tough (especially on little training) course. Friendly marshalls and great support, especially as a was shattered and slow. Thank you. Date of review: August 28, 2005
In short: Tough hill at start, needed another marshall or signpost on way down In full: No marshalls on way down, I went wrong way as did others. Overall a good race, tough and enjoyable. Date of review: August 26, 2005
In short: Trying hard and improving, but doesn't warrant £39 entry fee In full: I probably wouldn't have run Edinburgh if I lived further away but the route is a decent mix and probably as flat as it could be in Edinburgh. The organisers seem to have pretensions beyond what the race deserves at the moment. Date of review: August 26, 2005
In short: This is a party weekend with a series of races and fun runs thrown in. In full: Absolutely fandabidozy. It's a pb, because there's only one race that's 14.5 miles X/c against a train. Did you? Didn't you? That's all that matters. The public have heard of the FLM. This is the race that runners talk about. This is run as a charity event, but the pricing is very competitive. You want to spend your money. eg beer £2 a pint. LZS £1 bottle. The countryside is just stunning. One missed footfall and you join it. The route goes virtually alongside the track for most of the country section. The organisers are clever too. The trains are timed so that approximately 10% will beat the train. Will you be one of...............us. This is proper cross country. Nothing invented here. The route is direct, and logical. A bit of mud, a bit of wet, a few climbs, some narrow tracks. A lot of sheep fields. You just know that you NEED to do this race at least once. Date of review: August 26, 2005
In short: Great race, even if it is a tough off-road course. Extremely well organised In full: Water stations were spot on even with the warm weather. Great atmosphere. Would have like to see the race results on the web a bit quicker but that'll hopefully be sorted next year with the introduction of timing chips. Date of review: August 25, 2005
In short: Well worth the journey from North Devon. In full: If you're not used to hills, they seemed tough. I think I finished in 64 mins and there weren't many behind me. brilliantly organised and very friendly, encouraging marshalls. Date of review: August 25, 2005