In short: Hard work and well worth turning up for In full: I arrived at a car park in Bury St Edmunds, grabbed my bag and jumped on a coach, which whisked us to the start/finish line. Tent city greeted me - with tents for everything you can imagine! Posh portaloos with Molton Brown soap, but not enough of them. Men's queue was half an hour!
The race itself - started off muddy on the grass in the park but quickly got on to country lanes. Undulating route with a couple of well known hills at 9 and 18 miles. Friendly runners all around, which is great for such a long race. Towards the end it started to get lonely - sometimes you couldn't see a runner infront or behind you! After the hill at 18 miles it was downhill all the way, thanfully. Arrived at the finish line to be presented by a small metal trophy and a welcome cup or two of orange squash.
Back to the men's changing tent and then on to the coach back to the car-park.
Overall, a well organised race, that was well marshalled, and had regular water stops. Date of review: February 25, 2007
In short: Excellent race and very well organized In full: A very well organized race. I must say I liked the classical music in the toilets!! The only thing I would say is that the facilites were a bit basic. After 20 miles of freezing cold wind it would be nice to go into a warm building and not a cold tent. Date of review: March 1, 2006
In short: very challenging yet enjoyable race ! In full: Thankyou to the support from the enthusiastic marshalls. Time was a bit off what i had hoped, but was not expecting the two cheeky hills & the 10 miles of head wind. plan to be back next year. Date of review: February 28, 2006
In short: Dont Mention the hills! Did i mention the hills? In full: Superbly run race from the Marshalls etc (not from me) from drinks stations to bag retrival. Hill at 9 miles my lung's burst the hill at 11 miles my head went knumb with the wind and my leg's fell off at the 18 mile hill! LOL , but i will be back next year! Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: First 8.5 miles, wonderful : the remaining 11.5, hard work In full: Wouldn't like to do too many runs, with those 2 hills, and 11.5 miles, more or less into wind. Still it was well organised, marshalls were great : helpful & friendly, scenery was a pleasure to view. Achieved the time I wanted, so cant complain.
Personally, I would have preferred a T shirt to the little Medal. (a T shirt can be worn to run in at other races, thus a bit more free advertising).
Anyway, I'll be back next year. Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: Great marshals and drink station staff In full: Thank you to all the great race staff, marshals and drink station staff. Without your support and encouragement this would be soul destroying. My biggest gripe is that, having trudged my way through the strong head wind and steep climbs to complete this tough run, all I got was a cigarette card sized piece of metal. Surley it is not beyond the pale for theorganisers to supply a goody bag with a snack and energy drink for all those brave souls who finish. Every other race I have entered does it!!! Nevertheless I did it and London is a piece of cake by comparison. See you next year! p.s. Well done superman!! Date of review: February 27, 2006