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
In short: Brutal heat, but otherwise a great morning In full: Well organised, beautiful scenery, the Downs Link a gorgeous tree-lined run - the farmland less interesting (but maybe I was just beaten by the heat!). Very good atmosphere. Date of review: July 5, 2006
In short: Great scenic route, well organised In full: A very well organised event, lovely route, limited areas for supporters round the route to cheers us on which was a shame so had to make do with the herd of cows instead, great pre race facilites and I got a PB. Date of review: July 4, 2006
In short: See longer review In full: Now I know it was an unusually hot day for it (typical british understatement here !!)and the 11am start did nothing to make it any better, so maybe an earlier start in future would guard against such a repeat ! I must congratulate the organisers however for putting on the extra drink station - well done. I thought it a well organised run with a nice atmosphere and in a great location for a post run picnic. Leaving aside the heat which did me no favours at all (no Pb this time)I liked the Downs Link disused rly line parts of the course but found the long straight concrete estate roads in the second half of the route monotous. I prefer more interesting twists and turns in a route. Only my personal thoughts though and of no detriment to organisers. Date of review: July 3, 2006
In short: Scenic off road run. Pleasant way to spend a Sunday morning In full: The morning was very hot which made this a tougher race than otherwise. Plenty water available. Good organisation - perhaps light on marshalls, but there was at least one at all points required.
Easy navigation so you can concentrate on your running or on the view.
Plenty parking and plenty toilets which also eases the worries before the race.
In short: If it was not so hot we would have run at our normal speed In full: Hello thanks to everyone, brilliant well organised race fantastic, we would hav erun it if it was cooler but decided to have a very scenic walk aswell finsihed in 58 minutes apposed to a normal 44 ish but a fantastic morning. Apart from the girl who over took me at the finish after we had finished . What was the point Date of review: July 2, 2006
In short: Flamin' hot but worth it for the scenery In full: Glad to see the extra water station but advance warning would have been good for pacing. Managed to fall over the protruding post just before the start which gave everyone a laugh! Championchip would be a nice touch but I guess the price would go up! Thanks, see you next year. Date of review: July 2, 2006