In short: If u like muddiness!! In full: I'm glad I've done the race, although it wasn't quite what I expected. What I didn't expect was miles and miles of muddy trail, about 12/15. My trainers were so heavy with mud. I had to walk alot because it was quite slippery. It was more like a x-country. Thankfully, the weather was quite nice. I was pleased to see the finish line. Would I do it again, certainly not but as I've said, I'm glad I've done it. Some people loves it, some don't; this is not my cup of tea! Date of review: February 3, 2006
In short: £13 for a medal bottle of.water and pen,plenty of pot holes which you can not see due to the narrow lane 1/2 mile after start, with black ice on most bends ,lack of marshalls for the last 1/2 mile cars heading towards you on narrow road Date of review: February 3, 2006
In short: Challenging in places, good marshalls, train for distance though. In full: Very cold day to start, quite muddy difficult in places especially on camber. Need more water stations,& jelly babies. Everyone friendly, missed the hot tea afterwards though due to showers/changing rooms at the school. Date of review: February 3, 2006
In short: Do not miss this late January run In full: Firstly, fantastic organisation. I feel this could be construed as a little biased, as Benfleet is my club, but why lie?
This was my first time at this event in nearly 10 years of running, and I'm hooked. The weather was kind this year (dry but cold), but the course was still sticky in places, particularly between miles 8 and 9. The good old Essex clay stuck to your shoes, like that well known blanket adhesive.
The start is flat and gentle, with the hills kicking in big time after 5 1/2 miles. By mile 10, you're back on the flat and cruising for home. Do not underestimate the effort required on the hills, the mud stuck to your feet alone requires huge effort to run, and it stays with you for the rest of the race - hence the lead legs at the end.
More water stops would have been nice personally, but other runners I spoke to were happy, so I guess it's a personal thing. I really liked the bag storage - the lady watches out for you, and as all the bags are marked with your race number, she hands it to you - a really nice touch.
I too felt a little disappointed with the lack of t-shirt. Yes, I have dozens of the things, but would have liked one, as you can advertise your success/misery. That said, the goody bag was ok, and I'll probably use the ID tag which was a thoughtful alternative to 'yet another t-shirt' (which is fine if you already have a Benfleet 15 t-shirt).
In short: Good half with lots of support but expensive In full: A relatively easy course. As others have said the start is a bit narrow in places and beginners starting to far forward and then walking after half a mile. Very expensive and no t-shirt but good medal. Goody bag hardly worth the effort to carry, more leaflets advertising products than anything useful. Will do it again as its my local run and there is always lots of vocal support all th way round (half anyway) Date of review: February 3, 2006
In short: A bracing Sunday morning on the downs In full: Nice scenic course. It was freezing cold and the ground was hard under-foot. Had it been warmer it would have degenerated in to a mud bath! Real mixed ability crowd, but everyone finished with a smile on their face. Undulating course, but no real killer hills. Definately coming back next year. Date of review: February 3, 2006
In short: Enjoyable race, shame about the facilities In full: Enjoyed the race (even if my Asics had gone past their best!)
However the let down was the facilities, changing rooms had more water in them than lake windermere. Toilets were few and far between, gathered large queues and were in seriously bad condition. Main hall was cramped & no chance of finding somebody after you had lost them. Date of review: February 3, 2006
In short: Well organized and nice touches especially 5 Mile split times In full: Will definately do again and will try and get better place in the 1st 2 mile or so pack as you have no choice in the pace you run really but other than that, beautiful scenery and a Monster Hill after a lovely downhill into Bridge. It's kept my quadriceps humming all week Date of review: February 2, 2006
In short: Very friendly ; informal, no messing - just as it said on the tin. Perhaps soft underfoot but then it was January. Good motivation as part of a training plan. Glad I went. Date of review: February 2, 2006
In short: Lovely sunshine, beautiful rural surroundings ... and 2 very tough hills! In full: Very well organised by the North Devon Road Runners with extremely friendly marshalls! Not a course for a PB, but the hills are certainly challenging. Nice refreshments and cakes afterwards A big thank you to the organisers and helpers, who made this race such a success! Date of review: February 2, 2006
In short: better luck next time baby. not that ill be there. yippee In full: no mention of the 2pound parking fee til its too late.started my very accurate watch at the same time as the starter, finished in 39.56 but officials think it was 40.04 tut tut.oh and i felt sorry for all the runners in the last half who had to run head on into a stream. of traffic Date of review: February 1, 2006