In short: Great race In full: Seeing as this is in my home town, I had no excuse not to do it! It was well organised, well marshalled and I really enjoyed it - especially the mud & the cows! Date of review: July 2, 2007
In short: Wet and really muddy. Great fun. In full: The rain has certainly done it's work on this course. I started running round the muddy puddles at the start but gave up and ran through them after realising I was running further than everybody else. It put me in mind of a mini North Downs Run (if you've ever done that race). I shall certainly attend next year. Date of review: July 2, 2007
In short: This was my second 10K race and I thought it was very well organised and the route was very scenic. In full: The only problem was the mud!. I have read that this has been the wettest June since 1914. This made the course a bit more difficult I think, but none the less enjoyable. Very scenic route and I enjoyed watching the cows running past me in the field next door. I will be back next year. Date of review: July 1, 2007
In short: Quite a tough race this year...Particularly in these November type conditions at the beginning of July! In full: Overall quite a charming race with lovely scenery and good variety of surfaces. Mostly run through farm tracks and mud so quite a challenge to hit a PB.
A couple of small hills here and there nicely placed to keep the muscles working.
Overall a good little race and whilst this years muddy and wet conditions made it feel like a November cross country it was quite a satisfying run. Date of review: July 1, 2007
In short: Very hot, if cooler a nice race In full: This was my first time of running this event and I did it mainly due to the Crawley 10k being cancelled this year. Crawley Council basically have changed their priorities and no longer wish to run the event. If anyone out there can organise it they are quite willing to let you do so though.
Anyway back to this race.
The day of the race was extremely hot. By the time I finished it was approx 32 degrees celsius, and it wasn't that much cooler at the start. The route is nice for the 1st 4k, i.e. quite shaded but this didn't stop the background heat sapping at your energy levels. This part of the race is over the disused railway line, but then you get your first hill into the open air via the water stop (not sure where it is when they normally have only one water stop). On a normal temperature day this would have been great, as it happened the temperture was suicidal, and my legs started to wilt from this point onwards. Outside of the old railway line you are basically running through farmlad which is quite straight and mostly on concrete which reflects the heat. It would have been nicer to have continued in the trees, but maybe next time. Either way I hope next year the race will start an hour earlier or the temperature will be a little kinder.
The organisation of this event however was excellent and the fact that for the day they added a 2nd water stop and it seemed quite natural, is a complement in it's self for such a small event. Well done all those involved.
I would run this event again despite running 2 minutes slower than my PB but all courses over mixed terrain are unique so PB's should only be judged by the course not overall. Date of review: July 13, 2006