In short: This had a major sponsor, realy? In full: The grumbles out wieghted the success for me. It was a real fast race, but it failed in a few areas.
One: Sponsored by Nike. So the poor demarkation of start, and lack of shoe chip is pretty inexcusable.
Two: When I enter a race, I don't expect to have cars driving at me.
Three: Running near a highway with exhaust, sort of rough.
Four: The way they had the finish, is just soul destroying. Especially for a run that comes for so many as a stop on the training schedule. Some of the most important stuff for training is to get a proper warm down and recovery right after an intense work out. Standing in a queue in 4 degrees is not a proper warm down.
Personal best are nice, but really are small if it is along the way to something bigger, like a marathon. And this was definately sold as a warm up to the London. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: The cold weather conditions did not help the runners this year. Full marks to teh marshalls who braved the artic conditions and provided a cheer to all runners. Multi lap courses are tough and this was no exception. In full: Their were two water stations on each lap however to provide only cold water on an endurance race of 20 miles i feel personally was very poor. This is am important thing for teh organisers to take on board for future events. Also their was only cold water at the finish. Surely an energy drink or orange juice would hav benefited the runners more. Not a race i will be ruhing to compete in again in future years. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: very friendly... well organised..more fruit cake...less wind... In full: really friendly and encouraging race..cheering you on in the middle of nowhere...wind was vicious but at least it wasn't raining! Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: 15 miles hard slog In full: I really enjoyed the first 10k - but when we lost the 10k runners we seemed to lose a lot of the water too as they seemed to have run out! Despite the conditions which were nasty, I enjoyed the race and arrived well within my anticipated finish time. My biggest complaint was that there was nowhere warm to go after the race - and I had to buy an expensive coffee in an attempt to warm up. It would be helpful if there was a water bottle in the goody bag, or some refreshments given to runners at the end. Thanks to the people of Naseby - and some very friendly runners for keeping me going up those monster hills!! Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: good fast course, plenty of support In full: nice race, bit crowded at the start but ok. could have done without the boy racers driving too fast too close to runners! more downhills than uphills by starting at top of hill and finishing at bottom was a nice touch (not that essex has proper hills of course). plenty of supporters-mostly tiny kids in fancy dress with jelly beans, made me smile even at 12miles! nice following the marching band up to the start line. surprised how high i placed in the results, definitely a good one for first time runners i'd say. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Really nice, friendly course. In full: Really enjoyed the flatish course and got a pb. Great support on route. Two way traffic scarey in places! Some beautiful scenery. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Challenging and scenic In full: Pity the weather was only a few degrees better than last year when it was snowed off. It was difficult to get to the start due to a war games convention at the school next door and cars for this event. However I left about 15 mins before the start and was there 3-5 mins before the horn went. On the course everything was fine, even that hill, except a squeeze through the village at the top where too many parked cars plus an ambulance on course made the runners cut to single file. It was a shame to come back to rural Tunbridge Wells after the Kent countryside. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Pleasant race, though the steep hills of the first 6k rule out PBs; departing the parking area was nightmarish In full: Do it for charity, not PBs. And don't schedule anything for the lunchtime following the race, ass it will take you an age to get out of the car park. Having said that, the parking was well-marshalled and arriving was very convenient. But it is a big event, and has the problems of big events. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Monty the Duck says thanks to everyone for your kind donations £210.00 only downside bucket weighed 32 lb slowed me down considerably. Thankyou hastings. Ian Fleming ( Monty the Duck ) Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Mentally tough but well organised race In full: This was my first 20 miler, in preparation for my first marathon. Quite a challenge. The laps were appealing the first three times (i.e. knowing what was to come), but by the fourth I was really wanting to finish, especially as what seemed to be well over a third of the field had finished already as I went through the checkpoint! Everyone was very welcoming and friendly and the marshalls and police were very encouraging. (as were the old ladies waiting at the bus stop) Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Great Marathon Training Run In full: What a cold day! Race Headquaters was in a pleasant University building - and the T shirts were there!!! Marshalls were magnificent considering the cold conditions. At that entry price, how could anyone not give a maximum score on the value section? Date of review: March 13, 2006