In short: Good to see the sun this time In full: My home race- seemed better organised this year and the marshals support/ encouragement stood out for me. Traffic to Bourne End and once again around Nettleden a problem. Overall great day - same medal for the 3rd year now - must have bought a job lot of 5000! Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: What goes up must come down In full: Very well organised, very scenic. Loads of loos at the start, good marshalling and water-stations en route. Yes there is one big uphill and a couple of other noticeable uphills, but there are descents too and the last mile is pretty much all downhill, which is a great way to finish. Thanks again. Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: Lovely race , a hard but rewarding one In full: Thoroughly enjoyed this. Lots of hills so no good for PB but running is not all about PB. Sun came out at 5 miles and I felt on top of the world. Will do again. Date of review: March 3, 2013
In short: Well organised but the hills just keep coming! In full: I was told there were 2/3 main hills but it seemed to me that there were a few little ones in between as well! It was hard to PB due to the long AND hard slog (ouch hamstrings) but you can catch up on the downhills IF you can handle the pain the following day - ouch quads. Well organised: good loos, marshalls who really made a difference with their supportive comments and baggage drop military style! But I won't do this race again, too painful and combining runners and traffic is an accident waiting to happen. Date of review: March 3, 2013
In short: Decent race, but needs to be traffic free for safety In full: I would do this race again because it is close to where I live.
Positives are the downhill finish and decent scenery for a road race. Generally the organisation was efficient.
I agree with another reviewer that it was hard work getting the chip off at the end, so maybe use cable or bag ties to fasten chips through the laces.
The major negative was that it has become increasingly dangerous due to their being 2 way traffic on most of the route. With 1500+ runners doing the race it would be better if 1 side of the road was shut off. I understand that this may be expensive, but would be a great addition.
Obviously the weather was awful and I felt for the marshals, but more support from them would have been nice!
In short: I have known it wetter - but not much In full: We're missing a rating for "your performance" - I think I'd have to give myself a 1 or 2, sadly.
I see someone mentioned getting the chips off - at other races they have a line of volunteers sitting down with upturned buckets in front of them to do the job. I found it a bit of a struggle and my friend was paralysed with cramp when he bent down, so a bit more organised help there would be nice. Date of review: March 8, 2012