In short: Superb festive race!!!!! In full: Did the race in full Santa outfit. Plenty of fancy dress around, although about 80% of the field didn't make the effort which is disappointing.
Loved the course, went through the 4 mile mark in a PB by nearly a minute, which is weird considering my getup!!!!! All the mile markers were bang on as well accroding to my garmin...
The only slight niggle I would say is that it wassn't sign posted at all to get to the car park. 2 or 3 signs in Swanley town centre would have stopped me and many other driving around aimlessly trying to find the race. Well marshalled though, and good support around the start finish area. Plenty of kids around loving the mass of santas and festive surroundings. Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: Starts the festive season off with a bang In full: Was it just my impression but are less and less people making the effort to do this in fancy dress each year. Even so some of those that did made the whole thing worth while, gorillas chickens and the usual festive costumes all made an appearance Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: Not a big city marathon, but a well organised event on a challenging course In full: Well worth the entry fee, no frills, but a well organised race. A 3 lap course, so you know what to expect after the first lap, although "that" hill at 5.5, 13.5 and 21.5 is a killer the last time round. Recommend for first timers but make sure you do some inclines in your training plan. Date of review: December 10, 2005
In short: Using Grim 8 was my first off road race (jumping in at the deep end) but great fun! In full: Not as bad as I 'feared'. Managed to get runner's knee from it though, most likely due to the fact that I hadn't included any hill training what so ever in my road only running. Didn't see the medals being handed out - so got to come back to do it one more time :-) Date of review: December 9, 2005
In short: A great intro to off road racing In full: My second Grim and yes, no T shirt was a shame given the price, but this is a great race for those who are too scared to race XC - I convinced 26 'non runners' from work to go and they all loved it. Will be back next year. Date of review: December 9, 2005
In short: Possibly the best organised event I've run in. Course was mentally and physically challenging. In full: Event passed off like clockwork. Very well done to organisers. Protracted climb between miles 3-6. (Worse than shorter, steeper climbs.)Mentally very hard to cross the finish line (after 17 miles)to start the last lap. Date of review: December 9, 2005
In short: If I got a t-shirt In full: Compared to Races such as the London 1/2 Marathon, which gives you a t-shirt, a medal and other goodies, this race really let me down. Date of review: December 9, 2005
In short: So flat you'd think you were in Holland... In full: ... if it wasn't for the smell of turnips (as someone described it on the message board).
Well organised apart from the finish line. My kids really enjoyed the creche and my wife enjoyed the tea and bacon sarnies afterwards - how do I tell them that not all races are that well organised and I don't always finish with a PB?
Well done to Devizes Running club. Well organised and well marshalled.
And did I mention that its really flat! Date of review: December 8, 2005
In short: Hard race a real chalenge In full: A tough race with a kiler hill twice! Forget a PB but a good race to increase your personal strength. Will definately go again. Date of review: December 8, 2005