In short: Big well done to the orginisers, very well presented event, on a hot summers day, very pleased with the numerous drinks stations given the heat , and very pleased of the finishers marble plaque, made a nice change from the usual medal or t-shirt . Date of review: July 10, 2005
In short: a really enjoyable race, in a lovely part of essex, i found the 3rd quarter quite tough after a quick start, as it was long gradual hill, but it was hot, i still managed a PB, so it could`nt of been that bad, its well worth a go. Date of review: July 10, 2005
In short: Hard as coffin nails In full: Ah, the pleasure of waking on a misty morning in the Yorkshire moors, making your way to the start when most (normal) people are still snoozing softly, and meeting up with other like-minded masochists for a run across 42 miles of relentless moors, bogs and suicidally steep ravines and climbs...It can only be the Lyke Wake Run!
The organisation was good, and all the check points staffed with lovely cheerful people, ready to feed and water the runners (the last checkpoint even had jelly babies!)
However... this race really, really tough, mentally and physically. I'm used to some off road running, but apart from doing the moors themselves, nothing can really prepare you for this one.
In short: Excellently organised 10k In full: 2nd time I have run this, and it was just as well organised this year. Really have to hand it to them as it's not a running club organising it. Loads of water at the start round the course and at the finish. 3 or 4 sponge stations also. They even have a lead car with a race clock on, which is rare for local races....Overall another superb morning at Cliffe Woods! Date of review: July 10, 2005
In short: Different to what I was expecting In full: On the whole a very pleasant race, varied scenery and running conditions, wasnt expecting the cross country, but thats probably because I didnt read the info properly! Atmosphere was good, dissapointed with only 2 water stations on such a hot day, but then you can never predict the weather. The KM markers were very random, thats my biggest gripe especially when trying to pace yourself...all in all tho a good race that I would do again. Date of review: July 10, 2005
In short: Mediocre In full: Good points: start and end at a running track with stands and a reasonable crowd on hand to watch the start and end. Otherwise, this does not seem to be an event run by runners. Casual organization from the start: no effort to line up the 800 runners by forecasted time. Kilometer markings were way off – a cardinal sin against any runner trying to pace their race, which has to be most. Although the temp was above 26 degs there were only two water stops. The course itself is varied, but mostly suburban and dull. Hills ensure there will be few PBs here. Date of review: July 10, 2005
In short: What a contrast with the British 10k last Sunday, this was very well organised, very well priced and a joy to participate in plus it's all for a good cause. Well done to all involved. Date of review: July 10, 2005
In short: Offerton 10K - Excellent race - highly recommended In full: Threat of a downpour just before the race started were nonsense - this is typiclke Stockport weather - if you can see to the other end of the park its going to rain, if you cant then it is raining.
Great race, excellent marshalling, great turnout and really good to start and finish on the track.
One suggestion - have the childrens race so it is before the main event so everyone can watch/cheer etc Date of review: July 9, 2005
In short: Nice Meeting In full: Well organised. Very friendly people and locals and event officials. I really laboured this year but managed to console myself shortly afterwards with a couple of London Prides which made up for the poor run I put in. I was one of the lucky ones seeing as I got back toward the end and they ran out of shot glasses - I managed to get a medal which I prefer. For sure I’ll play sweeper next year! Date of review: July 9, 2005