In short: Excellent support from the Marshalls for the 1 mile fun-run In full: I only did the 1 mile run with my son & nephew but was really impressed with the organisation and the support given by the marshalls to the kids running. Wished I known the 10K was so much later than the mile so I could have made plans to enter that too. Date of review: August 1, 2005
In short: Nice fast course, great setting and friendly organisation In full: Possibly a bit under the advertised 5.99M but I ain't complaining! Perhaps the gravy boys could comment on that one. Date of review: August 1, 2005
In short: This race could well achieve cult status and join that select band of must-do off-road events like the Grizzly. In full: Terrifically tough terrain through tree-lined tracks and trails. This run had everything. It started with a coach ride to the start to allow you time to bond with your fellow competitors, requiring you to be stripped & changed ready to run a full 90 minutes before the off. A gentle introductory few miles along narrow ledges where the cliff fell away sharply several hunderd feet to the sea below. As the field thinned out, you still had the flies for company. At about half way you stumbled out of the trees on to the pebble beach at Porlock, which was mecifully short, and after crossing several fields you reached the foot of the mountain. My OS map said that the ascent was near enough 1000 feet and it felt every foot of it. Whatever reserves you had left going into the climb, they were gone by the top. After that it seemed an age before you started the descent into Minehead and the tricky prospect of navigating your way along the sea front to the finish with your brains now totally mashed. But everyone did and everyone smiled (grimaced?) as they crossed the line to be greeted by a banquet of sandwiches, cakes, sweets and tea - all included in the paltry fiver entry fee. No medal, no tee shirt, no prizes, but the ever-lasting memento of a memorable run. Date of review: August 1, 2005
In short: Well organised event, well marshalled with good local support. In full: Enjoyed the run, and seeing my kids along the route three times was just the lift needed when the legs and lungs began to hurt. Quite pleased with time, although no PB. I seem to need hills for that! Shame there was no medal, although it was in a good cause. Look forward to next year. Date of review: August 1, 2005
In short: Flat country 5k race, variety of runners, water half way, very flat surface... nice In full: This was my first organised race for about 20 years and was pleased I chose this one. Lovely course around north cheltenham, nothing but fields. Road was nice and flat, and was happy to see the water station about half way (I don't get those on training runs). Although not "traffic free" there were about 3 or 4 cars on the course, and it was well signed for runners on road. Being my first run made it a little special anyway, but hopefully this has set a standard for my other races to meet or exceed. Definatly will do this one again... Date of review: August 1, 2005
In short: Excellent Race took 6 Minutes off my PB In full: Amazingly fast and well organised 10k. Came in around 55:50 which after the British 10k (1:02.46) was a hell of an improvement. Sponges are genius as I have a real problem with overheating. Going through the first 3k in 14 and odd minutes is more down to the course. Excellent suppport and the announcer at the end was great. If I am in London this time next year this is on the Calendar. Date of review: August 1, 2005
In short: Well organised good race In full: Having trained hard on the hill managed to set a new PB by over a minute. As usual very well organised, good marshalling. Lots af things for the family to do whilst I was running the race. More public support would have been nice rather than looks of disbelief on the high street but you can't have everything. Will definitely be back next year. Date of review: August 1, 2005
In short: Very fast and well organised race, with a good atmosphere In full: A nice, friendly, well organised race over three laps of Victoria Park, which is alomst completely flat, so great potential for a PB (it worked for me anyway). The announcer at the finish line was very encouraging.
However, the start may have been improved by markers showing estimated finishing times, to make it easier to find a comfortable place to start. Date of review: August 1, 2005
In short: Exilerating . . Exciting . . Excellent company . . Wonderful views . . Tougher than anything similar I've done before . . and that was just the bus ride to the start :-) In full: In fact all those adjectives to apply to the race too . . much tougher than I anticipated but the course was much more spectacular than I'd anticipated also.
There were moments when I wondered what on earth I thought I was doing but they were few and far between and it was quite simply a marvellous experience.
Longer than advertised . . lots of flies in the woods . . a particularly tough climb and some dodgy descents knowing that the sea is just "down there".
Exceptionally friendly marshalls . . nothing was too much trouble and if I'd realised that the tea/coffee and sandwiches/cakes were free at the end I'd have pushed a bit harder!!
Drinks stations had plenty of water despite their remote locations . . the box of bananas in the middle of nowhere was a nice touch . . as were the extra at the drinks stations . . jelly babies . . more bananas . . and even home-made honey sandwiches at one!!!
Thank you Minehead Running Club Date of review: August 1, 2005
In short: 1 In full: no chance of a pb,as the 1st 3 miles totally uphill saw to that,this race is about getting to the end.well organised and great scenery through the testing purbeck countryside.not a race for the 1st timer at this distance,run on busy roads.if you finished im sure ,like me ,you will ache big time,but well worth the pain. Date of review: August 1, 2005
In short: OK, Running for a good cause justifies the tenner spent on the day. No medals though - come on guys! In full: A flat course as everyone has said. Laps make PB's a good prospect because you know what lies ahead from lap 1. Organisation was OK & friendly. Certificates at the end was a bit confusing - maybe just handing eveyone a medal at the funnel might have been easier - and I do love medals. Love 'em I do......so I was disappointed not to get one. Anti climax for me after my efforts. No PB - close, but no cigar. Plenty of sponges & water were very welcome as though relatively cool day the heat always does me in. Not a bad little jaunt into The Smoke.
In short: Excellent Race In full: Some tough hilly bits but the downhill sections help you make up time! Spot prizes are a nice touch but would be nice next year if there's a medal/memento for all. Date of review: July 31, 2005