In short: An amazing challenge! Well worth it! In full: I have seldom found crossing a finish line so satisfying! This race was an incredible challenge with lots of tough hills, a final mile that had to be experienced to be believed and more mud than I thought was possible!
Organisation seemed very good, excellent marshaling and drink stations round the course and a really nice finisher t-shirt.
It's probably the hardest race I've ever tried...and I can't wait to try it again next year! Date of review: January 21, 2014
In short: Mud made in heaven or hell!??? In full: I ran the Benfleet 15 last year in the snow and this year was a lot harder, not only the mud which was slippery and lots; but the course was a real eye opener. Running up that final hill to the finish marker near killed me. But, what a trulu fanstastic way to spend a Sunday morning with like minded other nutters who enjoy a bit of self punishment. Benfleet running club proved again what a nice bunch of people they are, their marshalls are superstars and with words of encouragement or just mickey taking gets you around the course.
I will be back next year for sure. The t-shirt is an hourour to wear and the cakes and the very nice ladies serving the cakes were even better.
Well done all involved. Date of review: January 21, 2014
In short: Muddy Good Fun In full: very nice course very muddy but that is beyond anyone's control would love to do this race again. To read my full race review check out http://www.readysteadyrun.co.uk/race-reports/benfleet-15-2014/ Date of review: January 20, 2014
In short: Brilliant, unforgiving but fabulous run!! In full: Gorgeous mix of scenery and countryside. Excellent race to test you to the limits with a fun and chilled out atmosphere. Good parking (got there 30 mins before). Nice race Tshirt. Thoroughly enjoyed thank you so much! :-) Date of review: January 20, 2014
In short: Mud glorious mud In full: My skin should look 10 years younger with all that mud. Note to self though, get some trail shoes with studs on, I was like bambi on ice more than a few times. My third time, first year it was the ferocious wind, last year the snow, this year some new hills and more mud than I've ever seen! I'll be back just to see what they can throw at us next year! Terrifically well organised as ever. Date of review: January 20, 2014
In short: Wonderful marshaling, challenging terrain, just the right distance and utterly rewarding. In full: Last year was my first Benfleet 15 and despite the snow and harsh conditions - I was hooked. In some ways, I felt a little cheated by the weather last year as this race is somewhat known for the muddy conditions - that make it all the more challenging. If I felt cheated by the weather last year then Mother Nature put that firmly right this year.
Frankly, I knew it was going to be muddy - but could not have imagined just how muddy it would be. The first 3 to 4 miles presented every type of mud known to man - from runny and slippy to firm and deep (the type that'll pull your shoes off). As you turn back out onto a very short road section, you get some respite. And, in fact, the real deep stuff didn't start again until the return leg from Canvey Island (about 10 miles in).
The last few miles were incredibly tough - with some of the steepest climbs of the day - made all the harder by the underfoot conditions. In fact, on one very short ascent (from a lower path - up through a gate) we were all on all fours - grabbing at roots!!
The uphill finish really does feel like it's going to finish you - but the crowd support at the top was something else.
And then, of course, once it's all over, you get that treasured Benfleet 15 Running Shirt - to proudly wear and let everyone know how much you like to suffer.
This is an exceptionally well organised event. The atmosphere is wonderful, the marshals are in a league of their own and the run and reward top drawer.
The Benfleet 15 is now a firm fixture on my annual calendar - thanks BRC for bringing this together every year. Date of review: January 20, 2014