In short: Great pre-Marathon run In full: This was my last big run before Paris Marathon in early April.
I enjoyed the layout of the course and once you are through the airfield the up and down of the countryside was very scenic. Marshalls were very encouraging especially with the weather being as bad as it was. Good amount of water, sweets and gels on hand at all times which is a great thing.
A great finishing medal as well!
My only complaint was the strict 'no headphones' rule which was instructed to me before the start of the race. Some of us only run with music so to listen to the pitter patter of heavy breathing for 20miles was not pleasant. Runners who listen to headphones are generally well aware of what's around them and around a airfield I can't see what the issue is. The cars going along the road were well behaved and gave the runners enough room, so PLEASE allow us to have headphone for next years race.
Overall though a great pre-Marathon race and one I will go back to next year Date of review: April 6, 2015
In short: My third attempt and finally nailed it! In full: The first time I entered this race I put my back out and could not even start. The second time it was very cold and my asthma played up enough to make this the only race I have ever dropped out of. But such was the lure of a 20 miler that I entered again this year. Using it as my big pre marathon training run my goal was to finish. Finishing 25 minutes quicker than I thought I would was a surprise, particularly with the horrible weather. As mentioned by other the mile makers did seem to be out but this didn't really bother me it was still a long race! The organisation was great, no issues picking up race number and chip. Food and clothing on sale at the start. Plenty of toilets right by the start/finish line. Marshalls in all the right places who were encouraging and keeping us safe. The wind and driving rain on the airfield was hard going but once out on the road it was barely noticeable. And finishing (on my own) with the race director shouting encouragement was great. A hand shake a few words to check I was ok and directions of what to do next was just lovely. A grand race. Date of review: April 5, 2015
In short: A good training run, ok for pre spring marathon In full: The Top Gear test track was a draw I must say but running round an airport runway lost its appeal on the second lap (after completing 10 miles). Info about course was fine e.g. map but this wasn't described as hilly. Fine with hills, but before a marathon the downhills can be pretty brutal on the knees and the recovery. The hill at 8 and 18 (same hill different lap !) was tough and not something folks running Brighton, London or Manchester will face, but good resistance training none the less. Enjoyed the run on the whole, mile markers were way out on everyone's watches which gave us all a bit of a shock at mile 9 or 19 as we went through 0.3miles earlier than our Garmin / Nike devices. The last mile measured 1.3 miles and was into a harsh wind (not organisers fault for the wind !!). Date of review: April 4, 2015
In short: Perfect for a long run pre marathon In full: Alan / Nicky and the Marshall's did a fantastic job despite the worst the weather could throw at them. No expense was spared with drinks / gels / marshalling and raising funds for a good cause. Excellent venue for getting to / parking / basic amenities. Nice to finish a race and be back at the car within 5 minutes. The race it self is on a wide surface so bunching so you can run at your own speed for most of the race. My only concerns is with some of the mileage marks (previously mentioned) but the overall distance ran per lap was spot on, and the camber on the roads in places do test the ankles! Take nothing away from the excellent organisation and marshalling on the day a must do for marathon preparation! Date of review: April 2, 2015
In short: For Spitfire read Hurricane but Tempest is about right In full: Well done everyone for making this race happen. The weather was pretty bad, but fortunately not quite as bad as forecast. The airfield section was extremely exposed (nice with the wind behind though) although there was plenty of cover along the wooded road sections. Not the most scenic of the RTL runs I've done, but certainly the flatest and fastest. The number of cheerful marshals was incredible given the weather. Think they were kept busy chasing the water cups! Excellent organisation as always, enjoyable even in the weather - except maybe for the finishing straight into the driving rain. :-( Date of review: April 1, 2015
In short: love this challenging yet good course In full: second time doing this.. great touches and despite awful weather worth it.. nice that the organiser shakes hand at end and even offered a cuddle! I was very confused by mile markers as they appeared to be well out in places and although garmin just ended up a little short. 19.85....trees? would do again and again as good race for marathon prep.. wonderful medal this year.. better than previous.. thanks Date of review: April 1, 2015
In short: A fantastic race, but did nobody notice the strange split times? In full: I've done this race three times now and I love it - although it is a two lap race the change in character between the sections on the aerodrome and those around the roads and lanes split it up into four sections, which adds to the adventure and makes the miles pass quickly. There are plenty of old planes to look at on the aerodrome and the roads, houses and villages on the outer loop are beautiful. Marshalling and water/fuel support are excellent, the medal is one of the best, parking is easy, which all adds up to one of the best races of the year for me, and I do at least twenty races per year. I have one beef - I have run this race three times, always at a pretty even pace, and mile 10/20 throws up ridiculous anomalies - as does mile 4/14 - and I mean ridiculous - 7:30 miles suddenly become 10:30 miles. I am really surprised nobody else has mentioned this in reviews. It makes me question how accurate the race distance is It won't stop me entering again though, but I think the organisers could do with going out and re-measuring the course and relocating the mile markers! There is no shortage of space on the aerodrome to adjust it. Date of review: March 31, 2015
In short: Superb event - in spite of the atrocious weather In full: Simply the best 20 miler around. Great challenging course. Fast finish. Water, gels and sweets at all stations. Orange squash and chocolate at end. Great medal. Doddle to park. No congestion due to wide 3 mile start. Date of review: March 30, 2015