In short: OVEN HOT - slick event, special race - hard work. In full: Someone turned the oven up on this one. 30 degrees, little wind....phewww!
Organisation was top draw with ample parking, great facilities, FANTASTIC staff and marshals, helpers, members of public with hose pipes and jelly babies. I was anxious at the distance in this heat and had every reason to be so. Dusty path caused a few issues to begin with but can't argue as the heat cooked us all. There was no way I was going to get under 2hrs. Plenty of water stations with loads of liquid (isotonic), and also orange segments. The lake is huge (actually it's about 15 miles around - funny that!) but so very beautiful to look at (actually I was very tempted to just run on into it). The general public were very patient and full of +ve comments and encouragement.
Direction spot on (simple really - keep the lake to your right). I was BLOWN away with the goods available for free at the end - SO MUCH CAKE and tasty beer (thank you cake makers). There was a band there to trump trump you in, and a very good piper too. As normal, all runners were positively family like in friendliness.
Wadhurst Runners - hold you heads up high - such a fantastic event.
Oh by the way - I must have drunk 2 ltrs and sweated as much into the lake it was THAT hot. Shame I had to go to work for 10 hours after and not have a BBQ with my mates. Booooo Date of review: July 7, 2013
In short: Well organised, with good support for runners in the heat. Decent but there are nicer routes In full: Apart from putting a sign in the overflow carpark showing where to get timing chips could really fault the organisation. Route was fine, undulating with late hills. Wasn't blown away by the scenery. It was generally (at times pretty narrow) trails with the occasional view of the lake; other trail runs offer more imo (next week's Badger Half in Dorking for instance) but each to their own. Very good marshals and plenty of (much needed) water late on. Can't remember seeing a field that seemed to be made up of so many club runners before; but a friendly race so that isn't meant as a negative. Overall I felt is was a well-run, nice event over an unusual distance; but have to admit it was decent rather than fantastic. However it was fairly good value and had a slightly above average goody bag (though no t-shirt or similar souvenir) and a nice bespoke medal. Date of review: July 7, 2013
In short: FANTASTIC! Stunning scenery and very well organised! In full: What a fantastic event! The Bewl 15 has definitely been one of the best races I have run - the Wadhurst Runners excelled themselves. The bagpipe players, brass band, free homemade cake, beer and tea made this event really special. The goody bag at the end was also one of the best I have had! The sports water bottles, sports drinks, jelly babies, oranges and hose pipe showers were much appreciated, considering the heat. The route was spectacular with beautiful views throughout. The race was well marshalled and everyone involved was incredibly friendly and helpful. The route is quite challenging but the Wadhurst Runners did everything they could to make it easier for the runners, providing water bottles regularly etc. I don't think there is an event to match the organisation and thought that has gone into this event. I would highly recommend it to everyone - a lovely way to spend a sunny Sunday! Well done Wadhurst Runners - I will be back next year! Date of review: July 7, 2013
In short: Fantastic organisation yet again. In full: From the update emails from Albert Kemp (who really cares about the individual) to the supportive marshals out on the ground, the organisation and friendliness if this event are second to none. The locals out with their hoses were a god send due to the intense heat this year and I can't thank everyone enough.
Can't wait to do it again next year! Date of review: July 7, 2013