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
In short: A muddy good race In full: I completed this last year in the snow and found it very challenging. After changing the course slightly and running it mild weather with plenty of mud, it felt like a completely different beast all together. I loved this last year, and loved it again this year. the hill at the end of the course was horrific. Would i do it again? HELL YES! It's the law! Date of review: January 20, 2014
In short: Something for everyone In full: Great race especially if you like mud and hills! New course this year making it even more challenging. If you are thinking of doing this race for the first time make sure you wear track shoes, road shoes are suicidal. Date of review: January 20, 2014
In short: Tough but very rewarding race In full: Used this for hill-marathon training and it fit the bill perfectly. The hills in the first 5 and last 3 miles were generally shortish and steep, and made all the more challenging by tons of ankle deep mud. The flatter, slightly firmer middle miles were very welcome and overall this was a varied and testing cross country run. This was my first time at Benfleet and I would be back in a second, assuming I can get my kit cleaned up by then.
One minor grumble - I travelled by train and bike to the event and without a car to change in it was hard to get changed/cleaned up - even a changing tent/marquee would have hepled. This is a very minor grumble in the scheme of things - wonderful race. Date of review: January 20, 2014