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
In short: Friendly,challenging and scenic race . In full: Starter could have done with a megpahone to direct the runners into the starting position. Otherwise very well organised. Nice t shirt. Date of review: March 6, 2005
In short: Fast course, good crowd support. Delay at start too long. In full: Organisation was very good and course was very quick, if a little dull. Spectators and marshals all very encouraging which is helpful. Only let-down was the 20min delay at the start, at least it wasn't raining. The program asked people to be at the site by 8:45 and warned of traffic congestion, there were still people arriving at 10am which blocked the course so I guess the organiser's had no option but to delay; especially given the wheelchair race 10mins before the main start. Date of review: March 6, 2005
In short: Poorly organised and not exciting course - but quick for PBs. In full: Seemed like there was half a mile of poor souls wrapped in space blankets waiting for buses at the end of the race. The ground copes with football supporters each week and should cope with this better. Green Park section of run was unispiring, and the brass band played what sounded like a funeral march... Would maybe do it again for PBs, but there are prettier and more atmospheric races than this to choose from. Date of review: March 6, 2005
In short: Well-organised in the face of adversity (delay at the start was obligatory to help the 2,000 of us still stuck at reading station at the time of the start). A good run. Date of review: March 6, 2005
In short: I really enjoyed the race once it got started but a 30 minute wait in the freezing was not really what was needed. A fast course, good support and a great finish however ! Date of review: March 6, 2005