In short: Fast, flat but boring In full: Big thanks to all of the marshals who did a great job. Course a bit boring, mainly around housing estates. Huge queue for tee shirts - had to leave mine, not desperate enough to wait in the cold. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Good advert for Watford. In full: The very special Cassiobury park gave the start & finish a good sense of occasion and lots of space. The middle bit mostly comprised country lanes with lots of ponies and pubs you'd make a mental note to visit on a less arduous occasion. A few killer hills but some nice down ones to loosen up & prevent it getting too tortuous. I was cursing the 2 false finish lines several 100m before the real one though! Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Nice Scenery, Good Course In full: I travelled for 2 hours from North Essex for this one, and thoroughly enjoyed my day. I must admit I am not happy with the way online entries are handled as we are charged £2 more and did have to collect on the, and I was given a hand written number! (No.9). The course was fast, with all roads closed to traffic, and only one hill, but it was long and steepish. Was disappointed to see some cars being allowed to leave the car park before the last runner is back though. This is wrong, if people want to park their cars in the car park provided they chould wait until all competitors are finished. But I got a pb, and will be back next year. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: A must for a PB In full: Great race, great organisation and good atmosphere. Only slight critism, too many slower runners at the front at the start making the first half mile very congested. With chip timing, no need for it. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Hills are still there again. Great challenge. Great organisation. In full: Starts and finishes in the park so loads of spectators. Lovely scenic run in the countryside mainly taffic free. Plenty of gradients to keep you amused. Terrific marshalls. Make this one to do every year. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Excellant orginization,really injoyed it In full: I entered online and my whole morning went like clockwork. Whilst being a plodder i found myself towards the back of the pack and the encouragement from all the marshalls and also other runners was brills.it was a really nice touch that when coming over the finish line the end marshalls made an effort to say my name. Thanks A@D running club for giving up there sunday morning for a nice race. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Fell running in Wiltshire! In full: What hills? Mountains more like! First class organisation and good quality freebies at the finish. Those hills take the wind out of you second time around but there is a glorious 'sprint' to the finish. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Verty enjoyable morning out. In full: I can understand the two people (so far) who have posted about their confusion with respect to receiving their numbers in the post.
I pannicked on Friday night as I was looking at the previous version of the race information and could see nothing about online entries. However, a quick trawl through my e-mail inbox to the last e-mail sent out shows an inserted line about how online entrants would pick up their numbers from the desk on the day. As I had already printed out what looked like the same race instructions previously, upon receipt of the last e-mail, I had assumed we were being sent the same info again...
I have to say, that the e-mail to which this was attached made no reference to the fact this detail had been inserted, so in that respect, yes, a tad confusing. As the race organisers are dealing with online entrants for the first time, I am sure next year it will be "crystal" to everyone. :-)
Aside from that, very enjoyable and in friendly company.
Is Ashford known for it's slate mine? Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Fantastic organisation - excellent route - great fun - what more is there ? In full: From the start where we were able to line up against predicted time sign that were readily visible to the excellent number of good marshalls this race just got better and better. Fantastic scenery (past Goodwood race circuit and airfield) through some excellent countryside and back finally into a well organised and swift finish. Could it be any better ? I suppose only with the addition of Champion Chip timing but what would that do the the price ? My first time for this race will definitely apply again. Congrats to all involved ! Date of review: February 5, 2006