In short: Good race and one that you can take at your own pace. In full: Late review but very good race (B race), first one for me after 3 years off - started at the back and hoped thare was always somebody in sight to save looking for the signs. Apparently there was less mud than in 2004 but still soft enough under foot for my fragile legs1 Date of review: November 30, 2005
In short: Trail race with a friendly atmosphere In full: A nice route; a mixture of trails, some easy, some very rutted, challenging but not ridiculous, with a friendly 'small club race' atmosphere. I'll be back next year for more... Date of review: November 30, 2005
In short: Excelent for my First Half Marathon In full: I really enjoyed running this race. It was my first race full stop, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The hills are OK, but seem to go on for ever at places.... I would definately do this race again and might even consider trying the full marathon! Date of review: November 30, 2005
In short: We beginners LOVED it!!! In full: Well our first 10k race - and we probably did bring in the tail end - but we were encouraged all the way by the faster guys and the race organisers - and now - we have our own TROPHIES!! thanks so much - we will be back! (we went to monmouth and we were the 3 first timers who loved it!) Date of review: November 30, 2005
In short: Great race with a great atmosphere. Really well organised with friendly marshals. People have been known to have come from as far as Scotland to do this race. Gets bigger and better every year. Quality post-race FREE t-shirt. Date of review: November 30, 2005
In short: Oh I do like to be beside the seaside! In full: A good, fast course along the seafront. Not too many spectators, but great encouragement from the marshalls. Great PB potential. Date of review: November 30, 2005
In short: A real buzz In full: The crowds are fabulous; the atmosphere is superb. My second attempt at London, and I can't wait to do it again (despite the stomach cramp at mile 22!) Date of review: November 30, 2005
In short: A really dull course but a well-organised and friendly race. In full: The 11am start in 30 degrees of heat didn't help, but there was still a good crowd of runners at the start. Unfortunately the two-loop route is dull, run mostly on roads through the more industrial part of the town, and although flat, there are lots of twists and turns which limit the PB potential.
There is also very little shade on the course, so big thanks to the friendly local who turned his garden hose on the suffering runners! As it was my first 10M race it was a PB, but the heat affected my performance and I know I could do a lot better in less adverse circumstances. Overall, I might do it again as it's near to home and easy to get to. Date of review: November 30, 2005
In short: Great organisation and a potential PB course. In full: The race starts and finishes from Standalone Farm, which made getting out at the end a little difficult. The course isn't traffic-free, which meant some single-file running in places, but it was well-marshalled with drivers mostly quite patient.
The race is mostly on country roads and apart from an uphill start and some undulations between 7K and 9K, was relatively flat. Overall runners were friendly and the farm has lots of 'petting' animals for children so it's good if you're accompanied by family. Date of review: November 30, 2005
In short: Fast, flat always a PB In full: Using timing chips is great but having to sit down and unlace shoes as you cross the finish was a nightmare. Could also do with pace markers at start - I spent the whole race weaving round people. I will always go back to this race however - it being flat and fast and good for a PB. Just hope it keeps it's character. Date of review: November 29, 2005
In short: Great atmosphere, nice location and good mince pies. In full: Good fun thanks to festive spirit and fancy dress of fellow competitors. Would have been better not to have bottleneck so close to start but other than that a great course, enjoyed the challenge of the hill near the end. Mince pie was perfect end to a good race. Date of review: November 29, 2005