In short: Great way to start the year. In full: An excellent way to burn off any festive gained pounds. A two lapped route on an undulating course but good feeling when finished. Another year & another excellent memento. Big thanks to the marshals out on the course & to Tadworth AC for another fine day. Roll on next year. Date of review: January 8, 2011
In short: Equine assault course In full: Another great effort on the organisation front, simply cannot fault the organisers and love the route which is challenging. Special thanks to the marshalls, encouraging as ever. Slight wrinkle at the start, no countdown etc and horses were a slight problem but otherwise no grumbles whatsoever. Scratching my head a bit about the first timer who thought the race was a bit "dull"- what did she expect...to trip over buckingham palace on the way round or stagger through a misplaced Kew Gardens? The ordnance survey map and title of the race might have given a clue to its scenic potential. If you want picture postcard stuff go an do a fell race in Cumbria! Also when you've run a few mass participation events it makes the smaller club events seem so much better (which they generally are). Date of review: January 5, 2011
In short: A great race to start the year In full: Very much a no-gimmicks 10 miler, over a surprisingly hilly but varied (woodland, country lanes, downland, suburban roads) course. Well organised as far as parking and all key aspects were concerned, very well marshalled. The two-lap format actually helped as you knew what was coming second time round. The weather, cool but not cold and reasonably dry under foot, was ideal. Date of review: January 4, 2011
In short: Never gets easier, always rewarding In full: I was going to miss this, seeing as the last couple of years have been so cold, but joined in when it was clear that the temperature would at least stay positive. Glad I did - the atmosphere on the run was good, bits of encouragement from those working hard around me. It's a tough run, but no ice at least this year, and the variety of terrain keeps it interesting. My slowest time yet, but I'm sure it will spur me on to better things. Date of review: January 4, 2011
In short: Great way to kickstart the new year. In full: Hillier than I remembered (isn't that always the case?). Loads of cheerful marshalls and and nice to get something at the end a little different from the usual medal/shapeless cotton T. Date of review: January 4, 2011
In short: 3rd Year at Tadworth In full: This is always one of my years regular fixtures, but really struggled this year after having done a parkrun the morning before and half-marathon 7 days earlier.
The race was very well organised. My only gripe was at the start. The band were playing. I was going to get into position during the race announcement. Before I knew it, the race just started without notice. I was stuck at the back faced with a wall of the slowest runners. Then to make things worse was held up by the horseriders. I couldn't recover from running the first mile a minute slower than planned, and my normal rivals were streets ahead.
I love this race though. look forward to 2012. Date of review: January 2, 2011
In short: Really well organised race.......a great start to the New Year In full: Organisation and marshalling fantastic at this race, a great start to the New Year's racing calendar. Plenty of challenges in this race which makes it a tough one for a pb, but massively enjoyable. Date of review: January 2, 2011
In short: Tough-two BIG hills but a great favourite,well run. In full: Its up and down all the way. This is a tough challenge; the first mile long hill comes within three minutes of the start. You do it twice. You end with a half mile hill up to the race course. So,its hard. But very well run,nice atmosphere-the band is always lovely (Land of Hope and Glory at the start!).Results on the website quickly.I've done it three times and I can't fault it really. Bravo! Date of review: January 2, 2011
In short: loved it!!!!!!!!!!! In full: 1st time at this event and felt the organisation was faultless, no negatives for me, a great course with excellent marshalls. Shame about the horse riders, but I guess they also have a right to the paths regardless of what event goes on. Anyway a great start to the morning/year and well done to Tadworth AC for a great race. Date of review: January 2, 2011