In short: Great course, Let down by the end sadly In full: The run itself was great, nice flat course,get to run over the barrage and round the bay. It was very warm and humid, could have done with a water station becuase of the conditions. The end was shambolic, several of the volunteers were really rude to runners enquiring where to get water and their medal, nobody seemed to know where to direct people( ended up wandering from place to place and being told sorry, no medals here, try over there etc) medals ran out, thankfully water seemed to be being organised a little better. 'Goodies' in the goody bag non existent. Sorry to say, very poor value for money and some of the mashalls manners really let the whole thing down for me
In short: really enjoyed it... In full: despite the lack of signs it was heaps of fun. If you were there to run 'fast' or get a placing then you'd have been p**sed about the lack of signs. But as i was just there to run a tough event i just looked at the "not knowing if i was going the right way" as part of the toughness.
Recommended if you really want to cause yourself some pain and suffering :-) Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: A well balanced course with narrow scenic country lanes and enthusiastic on lookers at their garden gates. In full: Glorious weather probably surprised most, sunburn anyone!?! I took a first timer and he's now hooked. Combine that with a pb for me, despite an unexpected hill, and a great day is what you have. If there'd been showers I'd probably stayed for the large-ish fair as well. Looked fun. Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: With some decent signposting it could be great. In full: 26 miles of mud, hills and more hills with no shade on a hot, sticky day is tough enough without adding the extra complication of an almost completely unmarked course. Even the helpers at the drinks stations didn't seem to know which way to go. It's just too demanding a route to have runners going 3 or 4 miles overdistance.
Sort out the route and it could be great race. Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: Great race; scenic, friendly and challenging In full: There are 3 separate runs during the day; Team Challenge, 2.5k junior and the 10k race. Very scenic run in the palace grounds on closed roads, mixture of tarmac (start and finish) and forest roads. Steep hill approx 1k long starting at about 3.5k mark with a more gradual descent. Challenging but makes the race. Another minor blip about 7k mark but otherwise downhill thereafter. Great atmosphere, well organised and all abilities welcome. Food, running equipment and, sponsors stalls, static birds-of-pray display, ferret assault course! Great day out for all. Recommended. Date of review: May 2, 2005