In short: Tough uphill run, quiet, windy In full: The race was fairly well organised, I am not a fan of picking up bib and chip on the day. This was not a problem, it was well staffed, easy and quick. Offering pick up the day before 18 miles away is ludicrous when we have a sport shop in the town.
The goody bag was rather disappointing. A decent t-shirt accompanying a bottle of water, Sainsburys basics chocolate digestive bar and A mini Snickers bar. Disappointed there was no medal. I know that price is trying to be kept down, but I would have rather paid the extra £2-4 to get a medal. Especially hard to understand when the Fun runners received one.
The course is very tough. It felt like it was uphill most of the route, maybe due to the wind, but this made it difficult. Also, the farm track mile was extremely boggy and slippy, making it quite dangerous in places. Would not be surprised if someone turned their ankle there. On this note, the roads were in shocking condition with potholes everywhere. There was a around half a mile on grass as well. Why is it described as a road race when it is multi-terrain. Whilst I know potholes are not up to the hosts to sort, surely in the interests of safety the farm track and the roads with many potholes would/could/should be avoided?
I would say this is a very difficult course for first timers. I would suggest a much flatter course.
The timing of the race is a little strange given the scenic route, it would make a fantastic summer-based run to appreciate this, instead of grey and miserable February. Date of review: February 22, 2015
In short: I can see my house from here In full: Race to the top of the hill twice and round again. Great race to warm the feet. Good chance for prizes with limited places and a prize draw. Will be back again next year. thanks Date of review: February 22, 2015
In short: Evil In full: If you're expecting an easy race then you will be disappointed. Really tough course, lots of mud and hills with 2 river crossings. Really well run race, and I would definitely do it again but with a little more training. Date of review: February 22, 2015
In short: Chilly In full: Definitely lived up to it's name this time. This is the fourth time I've come to do the Chilly, but the last 3 have been the November one, and not so cold. It was bitterly cold, but then, that's why it's called 'The Chilly'. The fact that this is the only race I've come back to that many times says a lot about it. Great race, great organisation, very friendly, great for slower racer. All round, great! Date of review: February 22, 2015
In short: Awesome race and highly recommended for everyone! In full: Unbelivable promanade run in the mist and the view of swans is fantastic. The live bands and the singing Elvis was a sight to behold!! pre race i lost my iphone and panic set in, but the organisers found it quickly and my focus once again turned to the race. Date of review: February 22, 2015
In short: Tough course which kept undulating until the very end. In full: Nice small race on a pretty tough course. More ascent than Watford and harder on the legs as the hills keep on coming (I got a slightly better time oddly). Pretty well organised, I was a bit concerned about the complicated sounding race number collection as I don't live locally but was fine. Good marshals who kept cheering through the cold and fog. Date of review: February 22, 2015
In short: man vs spring hill In full: I love everything about this race and completed my fourth consecutive race in a solid time for my tired body. For me the run is all about Spring Hill and whether I can beat it. So far it's Man 2 vs 2 Spring Hill. I travel to the pub at the top of the Hill in the summer, kick back with a beer and day dream about out past battles. I'll be back next year to make it 3 vs 2 Date of review: February 22, 2015
In short: Good 1/2 In full: I've run this 3 times and intend to be back next year. I like the course, and there's good crowd support. The anniversary medal this year was huge! My slight gripes are congestion to get past the start pens and charity tents to the baggage drop, I wish they'd hand out the medals first after the finish line (thought I'd missed them), and the goody bag was a bit sad for an anniversary race (but I guess the budget went on the medal). Thanks Brighton, see you next year Date of review: February 22, 2015
In short: Fast, flat race, only 80 odd runners. In full: Very small race, only 80 odd runners but a good mix of fast and slower runners. Course was fairly flat, only one small hill. Good potential for PB. Only criticism is that there should have been a sign on the main road directing the way to the car park and start point. there were also no toilets. when I got there the day centre was shut so had to go behind the car! Lovely medal though and good value for money. Date of review: February 22, 2015
In short: great race as usual, great organisation, respect to all the marshall standing in the cold but glorious day. I had to take it steady as i just got over an injury but I cracked that hill, I didn't stop. Date of review: February 22, 2015
In short: Great course and well-organised race, PB potential but hard in the strong wind today! In full: Nicely organised, everything ran smoothly and the event was well marshaled. Through relatively remote countryside so not many supporters, but good scenic course. Hard-going at times with a strong, bitter wind today but has the potential to be fast in good conditions. Date of review: February 22, 2015
In short: Beautiful scenery but tough race In full: Lovely views and lovely to be out in the countryside, but hilly hilly hilly! I definitely wasn't prepared for this one! Date of review: February 22, 2015
In short: Average In full: A two lap circuit around one of the lakes, not too bad out but a shocking headwind on the way in, would make for a lot better PB potential if the circuit had been turned around. A few stalls at the event village and I found registration quick. Even though you're 'chip' timed there is no timing mat at the start so you're actually on a gun time. There was a photographer on the course but the only marshals I saw were two guys sat in a car at the 2.5/7.5km mark. We ran the 10k and got a medal, neck warmer and bottle of water at the finish but some who finished later (15 & 20k) didn't get a medal as they ran out! Really bad organisation. We went to get our hot chocolate but only one hot water urn out of 4 had any water in it. Not a great set up for a race that USP is a hot chocolate at the finish. Overall the race was good but the post race organisation could have been far better.