In short: A benign course which was tough this time In full: The weather was awful of course, but you take the luck of that when you book to run in advance. I enjoy wet conditions (perverse, I know) but not running into a wind tunnel which this was in parts. I really admire the marshalls for standing there so stoically - much harder than running on a wet day. The course is fine - a PB possibility in good conditions. I agree with another poster who suggested it may be better to do the longer loop through the park on the first lap as it's better for morale. Overall, I enjoyed it, so many thanks to FVS for organising it. Date of review: November 2, 2009
In short: Magnificent Marshals in abominable race conditions In full: Well considering how bad it got with cold rain, wet leaves and the wind blowing down bits of the very undulating course - FVS made this race a success with excellent marshals. It looked as if it was going to be a grim old hard slog on the start line and in that respect it didn't disappoint.... well you can only come out mentally stronger from all this....physically your wrecked. Date of review: November 2, 2009
In short: Terrible weather but organisation seemed fine so no problems. In full: As all have said, the weather was a bit wet and in the open areas rather blustery. The route isn't the most interesting, with all the underpasses, but its what you'd expect in most mid sized towns. Around the lake might have seemed more scenic but running through the rain made it hard to see that bit. Finishing in the athletic stadium was good, felt like a proper runner. Finally, teh marshalls were fantastic. They had it the worst, just standing in the rain for 2.5 hours. A big thanks. And most important, all three of us got PB's. Date of review: November 2, 2009
In short: Dunkirk Spirit! As good as it could be in the filthy conditions. Nice fast course. Can't believe posters saying it's hilly...are they Dutch? In full: Organisation sooo much better than last year. Good spirit shown by all. Marshalling second to none. Date of review: November 2, 2009
In short: if you like hills in your training runs you will love this race In full: Firstly i have to point out that i posted a PB. The official chip time was 1:40:01 which is 6 minutes faster than Maidstone two weeks ago and two minutes faster than my previous best at Hastings.
Some other people to thank were Clare, a runner from Harlow and a man who i know as Virgin Mac man, who i had the pleasure of running with on the 2nd lap and although we did not speak i feel that we helped each other round...
I must also say a big thank you to the marshalls they were brave souls standing in the rain to aid us runners.
This is a good race that works well, i understand the argument of two laps vs an extended one lap using the extensive cycle paths but i like this race and will happily sign up again for next year, and will pray for better weather. Date of review: November 2, 2009
In short: Seperating the Men (and Women) from the Boys (and Girls) In full: One of those races that makes you wonder 'What the hell am I doing here?'. Getting up on a blustery wet November morning to run around a bypass. Twice. The last five miles were fairly agonising- only the poor wet marshalls seemed to be faring worse than me at that stage!
A brief thank you to those poor committed marshalls. Cheers! Date of review: November 2, 2009
In short: Great organised half considering conditions In full: I only arrived ten minutes before the start (long story) but still managed to start on time. Loads of marshalls providing excellent support and jelly babies. They all made up for the bewildering number of underpasses! Date of review: November 2, 2009
In full: Love coming back for the Stevo half as it was my first ever. Dreadful weather but the marshalls and support were first class. Think the extended trip round fairlands would be better on first lap just as a bit of a psychological boost. Horrible conditions but enjoyable all the same. Date of review: November 2, 2009