In short: Challenging Race, lack of toilets ruined it for me In full: Whilst there appeared to be specific directions, my husband and I still managed to get lost, and end up with numerous others at the wrong entrance gate, no one seemed to know how to get to the right gate and was quite chaotic.
This meant whilst we should have been over an hour early, we arrived 35 minutes before the start, having spent over 1:30 in the car, I (a female) desperately needed to go to the loo, and my heart sank when I saw the queue for the porta-loos. Credit to the organisers, they tried to get all the guys in the queue to use the urinals, but that still meant with approx 800 entrants on the day, there was a large queue, and I missed the start of the race (yes, queued for over 35 minutes!)
When I did get to start, I had not had the best race preparation, stretching in the queue was about it.
The race itself was definitely challenging, undulating, certainly with some short sharp hills. I heard lots of people who signed up to the spitfire drop out after 1 lap, I certainly wouldn't have liked to have to do another lap!
Great medal, good chip timing, but I can't be doing with organisers who don't get enough toilets in for the ladies. Date of review: June 28, 2011
In short: Intertesting tough run - well organised and good marshalling In full: Well done to all involved. My concerns for giving this race top marks is that you do run with alot of road traffic hich is off putting along with the camber of the road when away from the airfield. Very good medal and plentyful supply of drinks and energy gels - very generous. Well done Alan and the team Date of review: March 15, 2011
In short: Great event! 3rd time for me, and it gets better every time. In full: Great organisation. Excellent location. Just enough variation in terrain to make it challenging. I will be back in September hoping to slice another 30seconds off my PB! Thanks for a great Sunday morning. Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: Great! Thank you In full: Had a great time, especially when I was near the end! Hard enough to challenge me, but not so much to put me off. Well organised, good water/ power gel stops, enough loos and very welcoming. Will definitely do again. Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: Thankyou runners!!!!!!!!!!!!! In full: As one of the four marshalls at the 7 and 17 mile mark i would just like to say how much we also enjoyed the day, we really had fun cheering, encourageing and helping you all have a safe and fun event. Having so many of you say thankyou is a real feelgood factor in helping out at future events. We must have had over 95% of you either say thankyou or even give us a thumbs up. I am also a runner and with probably hundreds of races over the years along with triathlon it is good to try the other side of the fence for a change. So to each and everyone of you, "WELL DONE" you all did fantastic and "GOOD LUCK" for your next event.
In short: Enjoyable course, just enough up and down to make it intersting but quick In full: Really enjoyed this event. First time I've done it. Really well run and marshalled (I'm a big fan of jelly babies at drinks stations!) with runners of all levels seeming to be catered for equally well. Will be putting it in my diary for next year, might even step up to 20...! Date of review: March 13, 2011