In short: They did not send me my number so I could not compete, very poor organisation In full: Despite numerous reminders they did not send me my number, so even though I had paid my entry fee, I am somewhat angry that all of that preparation was for nothing. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Surprised at the poor organisation - a mess except for the Elite front end that were well looked after - for the rest of us they could not even tell us how many laps we had done ! Date of review: February 4, 2006
In short: A bit pricey but very pleasant and well organised In full: Turned up with 30 min to go and there was still plenty of parking inside the school. Queues for the toilets but there were plenty of portaloos so even turning up late like me you still had a chance to use them. Joined the back of the pack at the start and though it was a bit congested that was fine for a 90 minute 10-miler like me. Couple of hills but overall fairly undulating. Very well marshalled. Some bits were a bit slippery but with freezing temperatures overnight that's to be expected. Date of review: February 4, 2006
In short: Very enjoyable In full: I really enjoyed it. Great marshalls and interesting course. Really disappointed about the goody bag though. Would have loved a t'shirt or a medal. Please bring it back for next year!!! Date of review: February 4, 2006
In short: If u like muddiness!! In full: I'm glad I've done the race, although it wasn't quite what I expected. What I didn't expect was miles and miles of muddy trail, about 12/15. My trainers were so heavy with mud. I had to walk alot because it was quite slippery. It was more like a x-country. Thankfully, the weather was quite nice. I was pleased to see the finish line. Would I do it again, certainly not but as I've said, I'm glad I've done it. Some people loves it, some don't; this is not my cup of tea! Date of review: February 3, 2006
In short: £13 for a medal bottle of.water and pen,plenty of pot holes which you can not see due to the narrow lane 1/2 mile after start, with black ice on most bends ,lack of marshalls for the last 1/2 mile cars heading towards you on narrow road Date of review: February 3, 2006
In short: Challenging in places, good marshalls, train for distance though. In full: Very cold day to start, quite muddy difficult in places especially on camber. Need more water stations,& jelly babies. Everyone friendly, missed the hot tea afterwards though due to showers/changing rooms at the school. Date of review: February 3, 2006
In short: Do not miss this late January run In full: Firstly, fantastic organisation. I feel this could be construed as a little biased, as Benfleet is my club, but why lie?
This was my first time at this event in nearly 10 years of running, and I'm hooked. The weather was kind this year (dry but cold), but the course was still sticky in places, particularly between miles 8 and 9. The good old Essex clay stuck to your shoes, like that well known blanket adhesive.
The start is flat and gentle, with the hills kicking in big time after 5 1/2 miles. By mile 10, you're back on the flat and cruising for home. Do not underestimate the effort required on the hills, the mud stuck to your feet alone requires huge effort to run, and it stays with you for the rest of the race - hence the lead legs at the end.
More water stops would have been nice personally, but other runners I spoke to were happy, so I guess it's a personal thing. I really liked the bag storage - the lady watches out for you, and as all the bags are marked with your race number, she hands it to you - a really nice touch.
I too felt a little disappointed with the lack of t-shirt. Yes, I have dozens of the things, but would have liked one, as you can advertise your success/misery. That said, the goody bag was ok, and I'll probably use the ID tag which was a thoughtful alternative to 'yet another t-shirt' (which is fine if you already have a Benfleet 15 t-shirt).
In short: Good half with lots of support but expensive In full: A relatively easy course. As others have said the start is a bit narrow in places and beginners starting to far forward and then walking after half a mile. Very expensive and no t-shirt but good medal. Goody bag hardly worth the effort to carry, more leaflets advertising products than anything useful. Will do it again as its my local run and there is always lots of vocal support all th way round (half anyway) Date of review: February 3, 2006
In short: A bracing Sunday morning on the downs In full: Nice scenic course. It was freezing cold and the ground was hard under-foot. Had it been warmer it would have degenerated in to a mud bath! Real mixed ability crowd, but everyone finished with a smile on their face. Undulating course, but no real killer hills. Definately coming back next year. Date of review: February 3, 2006
In short: Enjoyable race, shame about the facilities In full: Enjoyed the race (even if my Asics had gone past their best!)
However the let down was the facilities, changing rooms had more water in them than lake windermere. Toilets were few and far between, gathered large queues and were in seriously bad condition. Main hall was cramped & no chance of finding somebody after you had lost them. Date of review: February 3, 2006