In short: Good challenge from the rolling course In full: Not a PB race due to rolling hills but it's still fairly rapid due to good roads and no sharp corners, bottlenecks etc. Fairly small field of mainly club runners - good for the middle of pack pacing. Event HQ in the Epsom racecourse was fab, esp as good changing and shower facilities. No homemade cake though. Date of review: November 22, 2011
In short: Hills not as bad as I had feared...and of course what goes up must come down! In full: First time for this race, and I had worried about it as hills are not really my thing...but I didn't think they were that bad all in all, and I loved the long downhill sections!
I liked the fact that the race HQ was a way from the start as it was a good chance to warm up. And thankfully they started the race with very little pre-amble.
Price was steep though. Date of review: November 22, 2010
In short: Well organised race with a few hills early on along country roads In full: I really enjoyed the race. The changing rooms are in the jockey's weighing rooms (probably a joke in there somewhere about being considered overweight for first time in my life).
The course is all on quiet roads. First mile is down hill then next 3 miles are up. After that the course gently undulates until the mile 8 which is pretty steep. The finish does suddenly appear after turning off the roundabout so limited chance to wind up a sprint (assuming you have anything left!)
Overall, excellent marshalling and well organised race. Hanging around at the start was a bit chilly but that can be blamed on the lack of heat my fellow skinny runners generate.
In short: I'd forgotten how undulating the course is / was In full: Well marshalled on a cold morning for standing around - managed to work up a decent sweat over the course. Only downside was the running out of mugs for the slower runners - although it gives miseryguts less to moan about "Not another mug, you've got enough of them gathering dust" etc! Makes a change from "Not another Tee shirt, you don't wear the ones you've got"! Date of review: November 21, 2010