In short: Well done, Orpies! In full: Good call, cutting out the crossing of Shire Lane into High Elms.
The loss of High Elms was made up for by the pleasant paths and trails around Farnborough, so it took nothing away, and permitted the boy racers to go about their usual Sunday business of ripping up the local roads, so a win-win situation.
Looks like there were lots of kids enjoying their races as well in the carnival atmosphere later on. Date of review: June 24, 2012
In short: Friendly, slightly hilly race In full: Nice scenery and fun to run through the woods. Enough of a town mix aswell. Good, friendly encouraging marshalls. Will do again. Date of review: July 21, 2011
In short: Brilliant set of races,well organised,great atmosphere with excellent marshals who are very encouraging.Shame about the bottleneck at the beginning into the woods!! Date of review: July 5, 2011
In short: Fab atmosphere, very friendly staff, hard course, well run event (medal too) In full: Did not know what to expect so was chuffed to find a field full of entertainment (bouncy castle / music / food / ice cream van) and warm up "baby"!! you had to be there! Very funny pre race warm up. Loads of kids events too. The staff were full of support and encouragement. It was a hot morning, and I'd just come off a 10 hour night shift so I was feeling a bit jaded. Even so, the SES Runners made their appearance (4 of us). The course was a good mix of fields and woods and a little road work, with some tough hills - if you go down 'em, you is gunna have to go up 'em). Bit of a bottleneck at the gate to get out of the field, and due to the narrow nature of the footpaths, passing was a problem. The styles and gates made for some interesting footwork.
Found that I was getting embarrassed when crossing the roads as there appeared to be some long vehicle queues and I did shout out my thanks to drivers but inevitably there were some grumpy souls. The marshals did well and were full of support and encouragement. High Elms proved leg sapping but the water stations were placed well. This course doesn't lend itself to PB potential but sure makes you work for your medal.
I appreciate that for a £10, getting a medal and your number sent to your address is good value, but perhaps some fruit at the end (from a local greengrocer (free advertising) could be a good idea)). All in all an event I would do again. I would not do a night shift before, I would bring the family - get the kids doing their races, do mine and then have a picnic after.
Thanks to all the Orpington Runners and helpers. Date of review: July 4, 2011
In short: real family event - tough course In full: A lot of effort was put into this event, a bit of a carnival atmosphere, barbecue, got a 10 minute massage for a fiver at the end, so a lot of nice touches. Lots of activities for kids too. The support along the route was great - and photographers from the local school were placed along the route - the photos will apparently be free online which is nice.
The race started at 11 o clock, and with the hills this made it really difficult as the sun was high in the sky - although there were quite a lot of shady wooded sections.
This is definitely a race I'd do again but the tip of the day is don't go there aiming at a PB. If you go for a good welcome, somewhere you can bring the kids (there is even a 2k fun run for them)and some really nice scenery - you won't be disappointed. Date of review: July 3, 2011