In short: My first race. Very impressed with the organisation and friendlyness. In full: Arrived early with my running buddy. Early start from the Isle of Wight but well worth the effort. An excellent course, learnt a lot from the day like making sure laces were done and usde the loo before you go, cost me 4 minutes. With nothing else to compare the event too I wil be impressed if other events better this day. Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: Many slippery stones, but flat. In full: The race was suited to those at the front as you could see the slipery stones ahead and could pick a better line. There was a huge gap btween the front 10 and the rest which meant the person leading the rest could not always see the runner a head was therefore worried about turning the wrong way. However a PB was achieved and so it was worth the coldness and lenth of time to reach the venue. Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: Did we all do the same run? In full: Great organisation or bad organisation. Hilly or flat. Great medal or bad. I'm confused.
Yes the traffic was a problem especially on the way out but I don't really see what the organisers can do to make it better. It's a popular run and most people are going to finish around the same time which means everyone leaving the estate at the same time on single track roads. I took the advice given and got their early and had no problems getting in. Perhaps that was some peoples fault in not leaving enough time.
I really enjoyed it thought there was a good friendly atmosphere. The course is great though I failed to see the reported Lions, Bears!!!!! and Antelopes let alone the 'spooked' Girafes. There were a few bemused looking camels at the start though which was nice. There was a bit of congestion at the start and the dreaded 'stop' 'starting, but this may have be down to everyone trying to get away quickly before the commentator repeated the same old joke about late arrivers and post 60 min runners getting re-directed through the Lions enclosure. Amusing once but by the 3rd-4th time I wanted to run away fast. Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: Thanks Rob Carr and team from Kenilworth Runners. Even better than 2005. See you in 2007! In full: A really good race, well organised, perfect first, second or any time ultra. Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: Good event, ideal pre London or any marathon warm up. In full: A well organised event, the marshalls were excellent and the scenery was great. Very original momento. Well done, Reading road runners! Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: excellent organisation, friendly atmosphere In full: A fast yet surprisingly challenging course with all the small uphill sections, gave the legs a good work out, could of been taken through some of the more scenic areas of the town although i understand that this must be hard to achieve and keep it traffic free (safety first). On the whole loved the race , very well organised, great marshalling and loads of nice goodies thrown in (loved the Mars Bar and energy gel in the bag at the end, much appreciated), best medal i've ever received A+, see you next year! Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: A lovely run along flat scenic country lanes In full: it was great to see such a well organised race and there was very little about it to fault.
The course was scenic and interesting with only a couple of slight undulations, the mile markers were clearly noticeable and abundance of drink stations with water and also energy drinks.
maybe as it was my first 20 mile race, but, I found there to be such a friendly atmosphere in this race that I have not noticed in any race previous, not just from the marshals but among the runners, I have not had as many conservations among other runners during a race as I have had here, it is also amazing that nearly all the marshals were congratulating every runner, offering support and clapping even on a cold and wet day.
The only problems I observed were a little queue for the toilets and the baggage tent before the start and I am sure that it would be a better idea to have the baggage store inside the school instead of in the field (maybe).
role on next year. Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: Great setting and great value with free admission to the safari park In full: Great setting and very good race- very much enjoyed it. Organisation could have been a bit better. No toilets anywhere near start and no bins to deposit drink bottles etc. Very good value with admission to see all the animal- GREAT!! If being very picky, I would say that getting in and out of the carpark took ages and the medal looked the same as last year. Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: Good run and well organised. In full: This was an excellent event and well worth braving the cold for! Nice quality medal, and goody bag which made it even more worthwhile. Bottle neck for first 2k made pb difficult, but still a good course, and the undulations weren't too bad... Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: Best delayed-start reason I've heard: "The giraffes are spooked!" In full: Beware the congestion trying to get into the car park before the race (widely reported in comments on this site); Racers were still driving in at the official start time. I was at Woburn village 1 hour before the start and it still took 16 minutes to get to the car park in the Safari Park. Other than that, a really pleasant race: lots of car parking and toilets, well organised, well marked, many marshalls, many African antelope, a pride of lions and a very large brown bear. Quite exposed (i.e. cold) at start, across the open deer park, but less so at middle and end. Very excitable monkeys next to the finish line - maybe they wanted to be given medals too! Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: Long, hard but ultimately satisfying In full: Impeccable and friendly organisers and staff, superb scenery, brilliant cameraderie and a space on the floor to sleep at the end. Overall recommended, I'll be back! Date of review: February 21, 2006
In short: Good race for a PB and great to have decent toilets and facilities available. In full: The race was all done in good fun and aimed at the hospitality industry, as we are mostly fun natured people they complimented one another. A good turnout for a 1st event. Pre race info could have been better (maps, directions etc.). Great for club runners to show off what they can do (I took 5mins off my PB)and also for 1st time runners and beginners - evenly spaced. Didn't enjoy running on the cobble stones though, especially 2nd time round with aching legs. Was great to have somewhere so close to keep warm and dry and use proper toilet facilities as opposed to portaloo's. Bacon and sausage butties a real treat after too. Date of review: February 21, 2006