In short: Top bannana ! In full: Nice T-shirt, a Christmas Pud (Sainsbury's..) as big as the dipper itself for 2005, Soup & Roll, great athomosphere, excellent marshalling, organised by runners for runners, special (albeit basic..) facilities to wash the sand out of your toes towards the end of the course, one of the most enjoyable races you'll ever do - all for £7 !! Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: Excellent race In full: Good bits: The course, the organisation, the digital clock at the half way stage, the medal Bad bits: The course was very narrow but not too much of a problem given the numbers running.
Overall: I really really enjoyed this race. It was no-nonsense and it went so smoothly. I think, irrespective, of getting a PB this has to be one of the best races for the year for me. All being well I will run this next year. Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: cold, bunched up too much at begining, but ok In full: quite hard today, found it a bit too cold for me, took 5km to get warm, seemed to be alot of not fast runners at front which didn't help, well marshalled, scenic, saw police getting an ear bashing from stopped motorist, long sleeve tshirt very good at this time of year, may do it again Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: Well Organised and very hilly In full: I really enjoyed this race. 5 stars to the organisers for starting on time - it was just below freezing and so many races leave you standing around for 5 minutes waiting for late people. 5 stars also go to the marshals - they were very encouraging to me (very near the back of the pack) and they must have been freezing. Good parking & loos (although as usual in races the flushing mechanism can't quite keep up with demand) Brilliant countryside & views, distinct paths well marked, quite a sandy place so not too much mud to worry about. I've never been to shattered after a 10K but I'll be back for more in Jan. (Note to organisers - how about an optional t-shirt? I feel the need to boast about actually finishing this race, but don't want to put the entry cost up) Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: See below In full: Personally disastrous -- took me nearly as long for the 8 as when it was an 11-miler twenty years ago -- but it's a great race with great traditions. Used to be one of the premier road races in the country, and it would be nice to see it get back to that position. There was hot tea, by the way, in the single-storey building to the right of the finish -- but they were Losely House prices rather than athletic club ones. Date of review: December 17, 2005
In short: A race that makes you dig deep within yourself for motivation. In full: Organisers taken note of last time and provided water as well. Course directions improved this time round. Not cheap at a tenner, some very good runners and parking adjacent to the race, for everyone. Excellent encouragement from marshalls and competitors alike.
If the average run bores you, come a burn a little rubber here instead and set your quads and everything else on fire just like Johnny Storm. Ouch. Date of review: December 17, 2005
In short: Excellent, encouraging stewards and an interesting hilly course. Will do again next year. In full: The stewards were all excellent and offered really good encouragement. I enjoyed the hilly course. One let down was the poor start - where exactly was the start line?! And it would have been nice to have had a medal rather than a t-shirt. But I really enjoyed it and will definitely do it again next year. Date of review: December 17, 2005
In short: Good challenge, fun, very wet and cold! In full: A great challenge but the two miles along gravel a bit boring compared with the rest! Expensive for the medal - in the past apparently there have been t-shirts and goody bags.