In short: Excellent race, great marshalling. In full: Found this so so hard due to the wind from mile 10 to about 14 but the marshalls were superb and organisation excellent. Particularly like the tshirt, Thanks :) Date of review: January 22, 2012
In short: Excellently organised and marshalled In full: I was expecting more mud but the conditions underfoot were generally good this year. the wind made up the difficultly though, six miles or so into a headwind does sap your strength. Organisation was excellent and thanks to the encouraging marshalls. Also a nice tech t at the finish. Well done Benfleet. Date of review: January 22, 2012
In short: Had no intention of racing, just wanted to see if I could do the distance! In full: Very hard/windy/hilly 15 miles at Benfleet today. Had no intention of racing, just wanted to see if I could do the distance! Managed to finish within my goal of 3 hours...just lol That was with stopping for about 5 minutes waiting to get over a stile/gate and also stopped and ate/drank at every station and a far bit of walking due to the wind. Date of review: January 22, 2012
In short: A very enjoyable 5 miles of off road craziness sandwiched between 10 miles of drudgery In full: The middle section was quite fun, lots of slippy mud and big puddles, although could have made much more of the hills that were right next to you to reqally spice things up. The one hill on the course really isn't as bad as the website made out.
The other 10 miles of flat, seawall running was cold, windy, grey and quite uninspiring and made the tired last few miles a chore rather than a delight.
Organisation was pretty good although I was just greeted by a load of chattering people at the finish who didn't seem to concerned with giving me my t-shirt or providing any water Date of review: February 4, 2011
In short: Mud, water, wind, mud, pain. Great organisation and marshalling In full: I can't say that we weren't warned. There is mud (lots of it) between miles 6 & 9, some of it smelly. The start lulls the runner into a false sense of security with a nice flat 5 mile jog along the sea wall, but when we hit the really heavy stuff it was like 'Bambi on ice'(except perhaps for the first few, and they were well out of my sight!) At least we gave the photographers a good laugh.
Great encouragement from the marshals, and the food was really welcome at about 9.5 miles.
Great refreshments and lovely home-made cake at the HQ, but the showers were freezing and no more than a trickle (although I don't think that's the organiser's fault!) Excellent technical t-shirt to finishers.
I would certainly give this one another try, but would first get fitter, and use old kit (bring a black sack and deposit said muddy kit in nearest bin).
Thanks for a fun day out! Date of review: February 3, 2011
In short: My letter to Ben Fleet In full: 23rd January, 2011
Dear Ben Fleet,
I wanted to write to you about your race. It was far too muddy and slippery, hence causing me to slip and fall too many times. Consequently I hurt my right arm and cut my finger on my left hand. I swallowed a mouthful of mud and had a tummy ache for days! Not to mention I stained my running clothes. I’ve never seen so much ghastly thick mud, I was slipping and slithering like a confused eel. I was in such a mess!
But to be perfectly honest the race was B-R-L-L-I-A-N-T :=) It is one of best race I have ever ran. When I think of this race the adrenalin starts rushing in. Thanks to all of the female runners who picked me up from the mud several times. The men found it amusing and left me to sink in the mud!
Karl you and your Marshalls did a first class job – perfection. I like to give Special Thanks to my favourite Marshall who took pity on me and try to clean the stubborn mud from my hands and feet with his bottles litre of water. I was completely covered from head to toe in thick, crusty mud, I underestimated the race sorry the mud ;=) I hope this race will always continue.
I hope to see you all soon. Regards to all involved.