In short: Not very well organised, marshalls need more info. In full: Marshalls didn't even know where the start was, needed signs to the number collection point most who turned up either went in to the shop or in to the trade show, the old fella must have been going crazy, opening and shutting the doors.
The run. We went through an industrial estate, lots of space but no eye candy then uphill on path/road, a good challenge for a beginner. Then on to a trail, a little rough, almost worth having trail running shoes on for that part. The last hill up to the finish was a killer, by the end one or two couldn't walk or were sick. The hill really did some of us in.
Massage before and after was great, thanks. And the Christmas pud also good, cheers.
Marshalls, signage & chips for next year then i'd say it would run 10 times better. Date of review: November 27, 2010
In short: First 'race' I've done and found all very welcoming. Would definately do it again. Quite hilly in places, but this makes the down hill sections all the more pleasant. Date of review: November 22, 2010
In short: Nicely organised, local race, challengingly undulating In full: A non-chip race, but nicely organised. Initially around the industrial estate and then on to the main road until you turn into the more scenic park. A 2mile gradual hill starting at the end of the first mile then nicely downhill until the last mile or so with 2 smaller uphill bits over the last mile or so for the final challenge. Tough on the last hill, but I was able to keep going and was more than happy with 56:26 Date of review: November 21, 2010
In short: Issue with horses using the briddle at the same time.... :-/ In full: I was starting to dig in on the bridle path at about 8km then some horses were running alongside me. I'll probably upset some equestrians but I think its irresponsible to take a horse into a confined space (the briddle path was set down with hedge banks either side.) I made the choice when a group of horses were coming down the hill and there was a dog walker in between them to stop. It was just to dangerous to stand in-between them all. I wasn't going to get a pb but standing still for 40 seconds while the horses were restless with the dog nearby really ruined the day.
***The organisers need to stop the horse riders using the briddle path during the race. Its a huge safety risk and unfair on the horses being stressed by people running in bright clothing etc nearby.*** Date of review: March 12, 2010