In short: Great Series In full: The beauty of this event is the location... fabulous - no hang on its the fact there are three events and you can tale your pick ....no it's really the organisation - very slick - it could be the reception when you get in or just all of these things coming together to make a great event - Well Done Just Racing. Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Lovely run let down by poor organisation In full: Beautiful run and a challenging course which I welcomed.
However - toilet facilities were useless. There was a massive bottleneck at the start which meant I walked over the start line. The drinks were really poorly organised - there was a queue at the first one (which was too late anyway). There was no half way marker that I could see. The village around the half way point with a single width road was dangerous - with all the runners, and cars coming both ways - I saw people nearly hit, others being forced up the steep banks of the roads and everyone having their pace interrupted.
The pre-race information was non-existant - no course/route information, no directions (although being fairly local that was not a major problem for me), no information on number of water stations or when they were. Absolutely nothing to help you prepare for the race.
Struck me that it was an event organised by non-runners. Date of review: March 5, 2006
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