In short: Overall good day In full: Well marshalled, prompt results, hot showers (perhaps too hot!), scenic. Only downside was the unevenness of the tow path - nothing major but you did have to watch what you were doing pretty carefully which detracted from a scenic route. That, and a couple of tight turns on the course - especially the U-turn just before 8 miles - took some of the speed out of the course, but still a sub-59 PB so I'm happy. Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: An excellent race with definite PB potentual. In full: The water stations could have been manned all of the way around and the direction to the event were poor, but all-in-all and excellent coarse that was perfect as a final warm up for London. Thanks to all the marshalls for their great support Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: Organisation spoiled by shocking loo provision for ladies - 3 only and none worked. Had to fill buckets to flush. Course dull in part. Nice memento. In full: Disgraceful loo provision for ladies. Only 3 and none worked. Had to fill bucket at tap and flush manually. Unsanitary and took forever.
Towpath scenic but half of course is long stretches on very busy dull main roads with no spectators or marshalls. I felt I was running alone much of the time.
Nice memento and got a spot prize too. But where was the beer to go with the glasses? Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: really enjoyed this one In full: I would have given this race 100% overall except for two points; one major and one minor. The major point, when you organise a race it is vitally important that the distance markers are in the correct place, it is such a massive part of any runner's race. The minor point, it would be a big help in future if the marshalls at the drinks stations could break the plastic top off, it's a nightmare trying to run and get the top off at the same time. Overall- I thought the race was excellent,great crowds,great marshalls, great course,great finish and very well organised as far as I could tell. Will be back next year. Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: Good race if you like never ending winding country lanes In full: Toilet facilities could be improved at start. An enforced stop halfway to answer call of nature cost me a minute added on to my time. All in all though an excellent race, although flat doesnt necessarily mean easy. Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: Love this race, it's the first one I did in 2000, and I've been back every year apart from when I was on honehymoon. Fab friendly marshalls, lovely scenic course, brilliant atmosphere,would't miss it for the world. On on! Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: Really friendly runners and marshalls, thoroughly enjoyable. One hill I won't forget in a hurry, but nothing to really stress about. Parking worked like clockwork, toilet queues fine, and nice hot showers for afterwards. Brilliant. Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: So very hard, muddy, muddy, hilly and did I say muddy? Rewarding. In full: A cross-country virgin I found this incredibly difficult. However, the marshals and support were the best I have ever seen at any race. Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: Glorious weather made this just the perfect race In full: Not sure how much fun this would be in the stiff breeze and driving rain I usually come across in seafront races, but today with the blue skies it was just wonderful. Well over half the race is alongside the beach and the scenery was awesome. Made you feel good to be alive! Apart from a short sharp shock in the first mile, there are no hills to speak of (although the long gentle uphill grind around 3/4 of the way round is deceptively hard) which makes this definite PB potential. Water was (thankfully) plentiful this year in the hot conditions, and the wadge of malt loaf at the end was great - replaced more calories than I used up running! Great atmosphere at the start / finish, complete with brass band, and lots of encouragement on the way round. Marshalling & signposting & general organisation were flawless. Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: Great course, great organisation ... and a PB too In full: Great course, great organisation, well done to everyone involved. Only 2 very small gripes, no hooter/starting pistol at the start, for those of us in the middle of the pack the only reason we knew the run had started was when the people in front disappeared! Other one is 2nd water station had only 2 people manning it and when a bunch of us arrived at it together there wasn't enough of them to get us all water quickly - though they tried very hard. Both minor gripes that shouldn't detract from a very good race - once again well done and thank you to all involved. Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: Something different and good fun - would need to be cheaper for me to enter again though. In full: Race shortened due to excessive water on the beach. No complaints as I found it quite tough and another lap would have finished me off!
Obstacles made it quite different to any race I've run before and I thoroughly enjoyed it for the novelty value. Expensive at £10 for 3.25 miles though. £6 would be fairer and enough to make me come back next year. Pity about the lack of T-shirts but I like the medal.
The donkeys seemed to find us very entertaining! Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: Oragnisation first class, well surpoted. In full: Did 1/2 good route, only minus point really was cloack not working at end. Everyone, mentions the hill between 11 and 12 miles which is challenging, but no one mentions the plus side almost totally downhill for last 1.1 mile, good if you have any energy left. Date of review: April 3, 2005