In short: Excellent race again, very friendly, great course with lots of challenges and lots to keep you interested. Bit muddier than last year and seemed busier. More runnable and more fun than the Terminator -love the hills Date of review: January 15, 2006
In short: Cracking race, photos on website don't do the hills justice though In full: Mud, mud glorious mud....I was a staunch road runner until recently but this, my third off-roader, has definitely converted me. Great fun, hard work but the stiles at the end were cruel !!
The cakes would have put the Womens Institute to shame, fabulous & the soup was welcome too.
Excellent race & friendly marshalls mean I'll be back next year.
In short: A really enjoyable run, and its not because i won it this year but the hills, i will never forget, must be the only race i have walked in. Will be back next year it was great. The cakes were something to look forward to fininshing too. Date of review: January 15, 2006
In short: Very Tough In full: This was my second attempt at this race and having woke up feeling paricularly under the weather but still hoping for a pb I really went for it. Did I suffer! The race is superby organised but I was extremely disappointed that there was no medal this year and the same goody bag! Date of review: January 15, 2006
In short: Fine views comprising tracks, trails, hills and more hills. Highly recommended! In full: Don't know why people says its not PB potential, it's an odd distance and only in it's 2nd year so there's every chance of a PB (for the course!). Date of review: January 15, 2006
In short: Absolutely tough as nails for a pure road runner, but so worth it!!! In full: This was the first time I had run properly off road and the first time I had raced off road on the bike...
The road section at the start was a breeze, but the mountain bike section was tough tough tough, it was sticky and deep in places, and had to get off and push numerous times. The of road run was one lap off road round the same MTB circuit, but with the added bonus off running through 5 or 6 water filled dykes at the end....
The race was seriously tough was me being a pure road runner, but I'm really glad I did it, and dug in and didn;t stop once. It's a real insight to how fit those tri-guys actually are, the leader lapped me running past me half way through my 2nd MTB lap, absolutely amazing fitness!!!!
All marshalls without fail had an encouraging word to say, and there were loads out on the course. Transitions were well managed.
Got a quality sweatshirt which says, 'Thanet Toughest race' , man you're not kidding, took me over and hour to clean my bike!!!!
Thanks Thanet for a great muddy Sunday morning!!!! Date of review: January 15, 2006
In short: Slip sliding away....on mud...downhill In full: A great race if you like mud and up hill pain. Race organisers need to sort out the queue for the parking ticket machine into the woods as it delayed the start and could have been avoided by placing a steward on the ticket machine advising people there were more machines in the wood....better still they could include the small carpark fee in the race entry,like the Wendover Hill Race. Date of review: January 15, 2006
In short: Fun but tough. You just know you are going to pay for that 1st mile downhill. I am going to ache in new places tomorrow but glad I've done a real XC rather than another road race. Probably be back next year Date of review: January 15, 2006
In short: Nice flat race, good turn-out In full: The race was well organised and was nice to start and finish on the track. Course was changed this year because of roadworks, to an out-and-back route, but it was marshalled well and pretty flat so good potential for a PB. Only downside is the scenery, as the run follow alongside the dual carriageway. Date of review: January 15, 2006
In short: Great race to kick off 2006 In full: This was my first nigel barge race, and a good one to start off the year! The course was changed from the usual route, a bit longer at 5.8K and it followed 2 loops with some nice hills, quite tough if you're not used to them or you're working off the xmas excess! Nice scenery, well organised, fab goody bag a really warm reception at the finish. In the diary for next year already. Date of review: January 15, 2006