In short: I will not be back, awful organisation, delayed start in sub zero temps, poor value for money, dull course and unfriendly atmosphere, overall an experience I do not wish to repeat Date of review: March 6, 2005
In short: Poor organisation but enjoyable race In full: Delays at start and cold weather didn't help - but good toilets at the start were a pleasant surprise. Crowd was a little quiet in places and non-existent between miles 9 and 12.8. Organisation after the finish was appalling and goody bags were nothing special. However, I thought it was a fast course, with well organised kit lorries and best of all is the finish in the football stadium. Date of review: March 6, 2005
In short: A very nice Spring day and a good quick race In full: The race was well marshalled and had good organisation - particularly in getting people lined up for the start. It's a fast course, and the folks I met were very friendly. A couple of negatives were the baggage area which was not exactly secure - I could have walked off with anyone's bag, but chose to show the guy running the area my race number to confirm I was taking my bag. It would be nice if this were made more secure. Second thing was that it was not clear where you could get drinks from at the end. Fortunately, I had one in my bag, and it wasn't until I was drinking it that I spotted the drink station over the other side of the stadium. Not sure about the towel as a memento, but it was certainly different, and nice of the Lady Mayoress to present it to me personally :) Date of review: March 6, 2005
In short: Very well organised. I fell and injured my arm and, whilst I kept going, this was communicated along the line of aid stations. Very friendly, suuportive entrants. Thoroughly recommended. My favouirite race.Tough course but well worth doing.Thanks. Date of review: March 6, 2005
In short: Sun, snow....and mud! In full: Up and down (and up and down and up and down)the downs in glorious scenery. Well organised and friendly. Most of the course is on good paths but some of the later stages are on ground which is very tricky when wet.
In short: Undulating rural course, excellent weather & organisation helped make this a good run. In full: The excellent weather (cold but sunny, no wind worth bothering about) helped attract a good field. Looked as if this may have encouraged entries on the day. The course is hilly in bits (16%!) but there are long downhill bits to compensate. Not PB territory but a good early tester. Organisation seemed to my untrained eye to be good. Mid-point water station had run out before I passed but this may be due to a larger than expected field. In all, a good early hard run on rural roads. Enjoyed it and weather permitting will be back. Date of review: March 6, 2005
In short: Tonnes of toilets, b#gg#r all buses In full: First the good points - the atmosphere was enlivening and the specators were fantastic (watch out Toon!). The marshalls were also great, always friendly and encouraging. I was also amazed by the lack of lenght for toilets, caused no doubt by the organisers hiring the entire stock of portapotties of the South East.
However... the que for buses at the start was so depressing, another runner and me decided upon a little improvised orientating to get to the start, and given the delay caused by getting runners to the start from the staion, I'm glad we did. This was the same at the end, where cold and knackered we were faced with a huge que to get back.
The provision of transport really set the day back before it even began, and finished it on a sour note. For me, it was even worse than the great north run. Very, very poor organisation. Date of review: March 6, 2005
In short: A very well organised and worthwhile race In full: It was my first time at this distance , and it was a good barometer on how I would perform and what I need to work on for my half marathon in september. Found it tough in places but able to recover in other parts of the race. It was well organised and the organisers and particpants seemed a real friendly bunch. This should be a regular fixture on everyones race calendar. Date of review: March 6, 2005
In short: My first ever race - thouroughly enjoyable. In full: Fairly flat course apart from the hill between 2 miles and 4.5 miles. The downhill stretches made up for it as did the friendly marshalls and the home-baking at the end. Nice sweatshirt too. Date of review: March 6, 2005
In short: Another su cessful event on the coast. In full: Only one water station, rubbish, two on each lap, thus making it four overall plus the finsh bottles, what race were you all at. Sea Breeze, well it is February. If you want near perfect conditions every time you race, I doubt whether you will get them. The event was 47% up on 2004, 82% up on 2003 (Leyalnd, old course) can't be bad. Course accurate, measured by NoEAA for accuracy, just b....y fast course really. Date of review: March 6, 2005
In short: A good fastish 20 mile In full: Not much traffic, despite one ignorant witch with a horsebox who should have known better. Good Support, Water stations just right, cool and east side of course a bit windy. Some undulations but not too strenuous. Mile markers well placed and visible. Picturesque village start. Every Enjoyable. Date of review: March 6, 2005