In short: Good race spoilt by farcical finish. In full: Never had to queue to get over the finish line before. GOT to be sorted out. Water stop also insufficiently manned. (At least they still had Water ... Manchester) Good marshalls. Towel is an original idea and worth the trip alone (220 mile round trip). BUT GET THE FINISH SORTED. Date of review: August 22, 2005
In short: as one of the helpers on the day i would like to compliment all the runners for their grace and excellent conduct making the whole thing worth while thank you!! Date of review: August 22, 2005
In short: Good course, sun shinning maybe a little too warm, a few port-a-loo's would have been a big help. Good quality t-shirt and medal. Chip timing was a good idea and even better when personnal best was seen on the website the following day. Date of review: August 22, 2005
In short: This race is crazy !! VERY ENJOYABLE, a great day out for the whole family !!!! In full: Apart from the one mile between 7 & 8 which could be classed as being complete madness ( I would love to see the risk assesment for that mile LOL), the course is fab, the views are amazing (thats if your not looking at your feet) and the marshalls friendly. The hard training obviously worked as I ran loads quicker than I hoped and so get a PB. The beer tent at the end was a great welcome and it was so nice not to be robbed blind by the organizers. Cant wait to try again next year to try and beat at least the 2nd train. Date of review: August 22, 2005
In short: Easier in a Ferrari! In full: First time at Brands Hatch there's a lot to be said for "Ignorance is Bliss", I can confirm it is steep! Pleased with time but knowing what to expect next time round, i'll be practising up Princes Rd. Thanks for those who offered advice on the way round. Date of review: August 22, 2005
In short: OUCH!!! In full: The most incredible and painful experience of my life. An absolutely amazing atmosphere with the friendliest crowds watching and egging you on. Horrid being forced onto Horse guards parade at the end though when all you wanted to do was sit on some grass, which sort of spoiled the experience a bit. Would I do it again!? Maybe..! Date of review: August 22, 2005
In short: Not a 10k pb... In full: Good fun and nothing really bad to say. My only changes would be: Organisation and information a bit sketchy. Pre-race didn't know whether I had to order a train ticket etc. baggage deposit, parking and other small things all a bit obvious but still uncertain.
Apart from this is was still great... would have liked more mud ;-) Date of review: August 22, 2005
In short: Lots of parking, towel makes a nice change to another t-shirt! In full: The large field made life difficult, crossing the finish line and straight into a queue to get out the finish area or to a drink station. However, good to have distance markers at 200/400m to the finish line. Plenty of encouragement from marshalls on the course and overall a well organised event. Date of review: August 22, 2005
In short: Very friendly, well organised race. In full: The event organisers were exceptionally friendly; I got a great goody bag with healthy food after the race, a medal and certificate. Would highly recommend this to anyone.
I like the fact that the times of all the runners are published on the website too. Date of review: August 22, 2005