In short: Excellent route along the embankment. Marshalls great! In full: Missed this race last year and was pleased to see the route had changed as the previous 2-lap course used to be a bit disheartening!! Brilliant atmosphere and excellent marshalls (well done Bedford Hariers). Another special "Race for Life"!! Date of review: July 18, 2005
In short: Fabulous marshalls In full: Excellent race for people of all abilities, I was lapped by the faster runners and they were really encouraging. The marshalls were really supportive. The course really is as flat as a pancake. Date of review: July 18, 2005
In short: Great fun for my first 1/2 In full: This was great fun - good organisation, plenty of water on a hot day, some shade, tough hill at 9 miles and a good time for my first 1/2 - 1.56 Date of review: July 18, 2005
In short: Without the heat definite PB But with the sun we had on sunday no chance! In full: Great organisation and friendly people. Great value at only £7 (£6 if organisaed and registered earlier) However many struggled in the sun and because it is a race track there is no chance of shade at all. However thanks to the organisers for what turned out to be a very challenging day. Date of review: July 18, 2005
In short: Friendly small race, nice country lanes, only one hill! In full: Enjoyed this friendly race yesterday along pretty country lanes. Grateful for the 2nd unexpected water stop about 3/4 of the way round as the weather was so hot. Good marshalling and nice to get a t-shirt at the end.
In short: Great day damaged by 20 minutes delay in the scorching sunshine. In full: 2004 witnessed a very hot day for the race. The mass of late entries were blamed for the 20 minute delay that sapped contestants strength and sense of humour! Let's hope the organisers learn from the mistakes of 2004 that overshadowed what should have been a glorious day. Date of review: July 18, 2005
In short: Very hot, 2 hills, enjoyable though. In full: It was hot already at the welcome 9.00am start. The middle miles were very scenic, whereas running in & out of Dartford was pretty dull. Well organised & enjoyable. The generous local support was particularly welcome. Date of review: July 18, 2005
In short: If you've only got one ultra in you then this should be the one In full: Splendid backup, food, water and general organisation make this race about as painless as it could possibly be to run a double marathon.
In the scorching heat the guys manning the drink stations had to work as hard as the runners. Date of review: July 18, 2005
In short: As Ultra go this is one of the best IMHO In full: This was a great event...everything was thought of from well stocked and frequent drink stations, very helpful marshals, good back-up support at the lap start/finish area with plenty of free food as well as drink, plus a back-up car constantly cruising the course with cups of ice!
8 x 6.5(ish) mile laps meant we were never far from base and there was the option of pulling out after 30 or 40 miles and still receive a medal.
The full distance of 52.4 miles was as tough as it sounds but having completed it, the sense of achievement and recognition from the organisers was well worth the blood, sweat and tears! Date of review: July 18, 2005
In short: THANK YOU, Spartans. In full: MY first trail run ... and it won't be my last. Only thing is that I think I am unlikely to find another event as enjoyable as this. The route, instructions, organisation and atmosphere were all marvellous. Date of review: July 18, 2005
In short: Excellent organisation on a very hot day! A good challenging course. In full: My only upset for this race was at then end when i noticed the drinks station at the end was running low on cups so i collected a few empty ones for them and when i took them back to the table i got accused of drinking too much and had the cups snatched out of my hands!! All in al though a very good race, well organised just a very temperamental woman at the drinks station at then end but i blamed this on the heat. Date of review: July 18, 2005
In short: Mad dogs and Englishmen? In full: No water in the 1st 5 miles on a day well over 30 degrees,saw people just collapse from heat at least one taken away by ambulance I wont do this race again Date of review: July 18, 2005