In short: Muddy nice In full: Bit of a curious race: 12 miles of it are flat and fairly fast, with the occasional puddle, along tracks and a sea wall, but the middle 3 miles are on slippery, muddy tracks contouring along the side of a hill. Trail shoes are must, if you don't want to keep skittering off the track and its less of a matter of running but of moving as fast of possible while trying to stay upright.
Marshalls very friendly and plenty of encouragement. Overall organisation very good, although a few more toilets would be useful.
I've put it down as a "maybe" only because I have a preference for hilly courses, but it was very definitely a memorable (fun) experience. Date of review: January 25, 2010
In short: LOVED IT. In full: Most of this race is on shingle path with small amounts of mud and water. The middle section was however a different story for a lot of it i could not run and only just waddled through the mud. Trail shoes helped but these some became caked in mud and became like ice skates. I will definitly be back though probably will take spikes in a backpack for middle section. Date of review: January 25, 2010
In short: Another fun Benfleet Mudfest! In full: Well done to the organisers for a great Benfleet 15. The course as promised was very muddy this year adding afew unusual challenges. The atmosphere on the route was brilliant and you have to laugh when you are up to your knees in mud. Not a race for PB chasers but if you like a bit of cross country then give this a go! Date of review: January 25, 2010
In short: Mud, mud glorious mud!! In full: My first time at this challenging, yet fun race complete with stiles, water features, deep cloying Essex mud and a great atmosphere. Treat it like a XC race and just go for it you'll be fine! The mud was a very special touch. I fell over twice and was covered head to toe in mud, I just laughed! Great marshalling, superb t-shirt, (I even won a spot prize). Good changing facilities although need more loo's please. Great race but come prepared, road shoes are def NOT recommended. Thank you Benfleet RC. Date of review: January 25, 2010
In short: Mud, water, more mud and great organisation In full: Fabulous organisation, marshalls, course, t-shirt, value for money, participation on forum and HQ at local school.
Mud and water promised and delivered! First time here and running 15 miles, so pleased to have finished but personally found it v tough through the XC mid section as either too unfit and/or knees too old for that much pain. So not sure about next year, but don't let this back marker put you off!
In short: Ah mud, but come on next year letrs have snow In full: The course was challenging over the downs, with a couple of slippy bits and so water jumps!! I love this race and achieved a 15 miles PB. the marshalls are great - love the pink hats. One of the best T-shirts, cuppa's and facilities. Toilets are a bit sparse, but the showers were hot and very welcome. Races dont get any better than this, and a great London training session. Many thanks Benfleet, you Guys certainly satify my lust for mud, hills and fun fun fun Date of review: January 24, 2010
In short: Mud like I have never seen In full: My 2nd year of this race and the mud was significantly worse than last year. This year you needed some kind of trail shoe to help you out. However it was great fun again and I think running this at the beginning of the year really sets you up for the rest of it. This is a firm favourite of mine and I shall be back again. Great T-Shirt too. Date of review: January 24, 2010
In short: Got home muddier than my son did from rugby training!! In full: I love this race. Fourth time I've entered and a new PB, although just missed out on sub-1.50, mainly due to having to remove a stone from my shoe. It seemed muddier than previous years to me, which was hilarious. Also managed to perform a commando roll through the good old Essex clay. As usual a fantastically organised race and an excellent T-shirt to finishers, I also won a spot prize, a bottle of wine. Cheers to all involved from Benfleet RC Date of review: January 24, 2010