In short: Great fun - apart from the heat. In full: A brilliant race. Well organised, lots of water stations, sponges and hoses and an ice cream van at the finish! Brilliant crowd, made lots of friends running round and got a massive cheer when I finished ( I was one of the later finishers!!) Course is pretty and quite flat although midday heat made it a slow one for me. Date of review: July 10, 2005
In short: Very well organised - but very hot! In full: Excellent race again, very well organised and a really nice atmosphere. Weather was a real problem, far too hot. Please please please consider starting it at 10am next year instead of 11am - I'm sure it would make an excellent July race almost faultless. Date of review: July 10, 2005
In short: Really lovely run if you are not after a PB In full: Great day out, fantastic organisation, cheerful & encouraging marshalls. Not as flat and downhill at the start as I thought and the hill from about 7k was an absolute killer. Will definately be back to do it again though. Date of review: July 10, 2005
In short: Challenging, but a good mix of runners In full: Good day out and my first 10K! The stadium finish added a bit of drama, but the poor lad on the 1st of the two water stops could have done with some help. Was that him again at the second one?
A little surprised at how undulating the middle section was, given that the country side is pancake-like for miles, but startrs and fineshes easily. Date of review: July 10, 2005
In short: Well organised, plenty of running room In full: Great to have the races for the kids. Good to see Daley Thompson at the start. Couple of short "up's" compensated by some long downhill stretches. Nice wide path so no queuing. The only thing I'd suggest is water instead of those bottles of gatorade as we were going round. Date of review: July 10, 2005
In short: traffic free, two lapper - but not a PB course imho In full: Great race - but too many corners and one very steep hill that mean it's not for the flyers. Well organised, with predicted time pens at the start, and the two lap format means you never go too far without support. Good day out for the family too, with a 5k and a fun run, plus bouncy castles and plentiful free parking. Thanks Ron!! Date of review: July 10, 2005
In short: Big well done to the orginisers, very well presented event, on a hot summers day, very pleased with the numerous drinks stations given the heat , and very pleased of the finishers marble plaque, made a nice change from the usual medal or t-shirt . Date of review: July 10, 2005
In short: a really enjoyable race, in a lovely part of essex, i found the 3rd quarter quite tough after a quick start, as it was long gradual hill, but it was hot, i still managed a PB, so it could`nt of been that bad, its well worth a go. Date of review: July 10, 2005
In short: Hard as coffin nails In full: Ah, the pleasure of waking on a misty morning in the Yorkshire moors, making your way to the start when most (normal) people are still snoozing softly, and meeting up with other like-minded masochists for a run across 42 miles of relentless moors, bogs and suicidally steep ravines and climbs...It can only be the Lyke Wake Run!
The organisation was good, and all the check points staffed with lovely cheerful people, ready to feed and water the runners (the last checkpoint even had jelly babies!)
However... this race really, really tough, mentally and physically. I'm used to some off road running, but apart from doing the moors themselves, nothing can really prepare you for this one.
In short: Excellently organised 10k In full: 2nd time I have run this, and it was just as well organised this year. Really have to hand it to them as it's not a running club organising it. Loads of water at the start round the course and at the finish. 3 or 4 sponge stations also. They even have a lead car with a race clock on, which is rare for local races....Overall another superb morning at Cliffe Woods! Date of review: July 10, 2005
In short: Different to what I was expecting In full: On the whole a very pleasant race, varied scenery and running conditions, wasnt expecting the cross country, but thats probably because I didnt read the info properly! Atmosphere was good, dissapointed with only 2 water stations on such a hot day, but then you can never predict the weather. The KM markers were very random, thats my biggest gripe especially when trying to pace yourself...all in all tho a good race that I would do again. Date of review: July 10, 2005
In short: Mediocre In full: Good points: start and end at a running track with stands and a reasonable crowd on hand to watch the start and end. Otherwise, this does not seem to be an event run by runners. Casual organization from the start: no effort to line up the 800 runners by forecasted time. Kilometer markings were way off – a cardinal sin against any runner trying to pace their race, which has to be most. Although the temp was above 26 degs there were only two water stops. The course itself is varied, but mostly suburban and dull. Hills ensure there will be few PBs here. Date of review: July 10, 2005