In short: great, tough race In full: My first ever race and what a tough choice it was. That hill really knocked the stuffing out of me (twice!) -but I'll be back. Never having done a race before I have nothing to compare it with but I must say the marshalling seemed suberb -Well done Crowborough Runners. Date of review: December 5, 2005
In short: What goes down comes back up (twice) In full: This was supposed to be my home town race, but that anther story! Even though I know the local area, I still got caught out by the steepness of the hill up Palesgate. To do it twice was a really killer. Despite the hills and the fact that I arrived late & didn’t have time for a warm up, I was still quite pleased was my finishing time.
A special mention for the organisation of the race, which was very well marshalled. I don’t think I’ve ever seen as many marshals before on a half marathon course before let alone a 10K.
In short: Despite the long downhill sections the big hill killed any chance of a PB In full: Enjoyable race, especially once its over. had read about the hill but was still hoping for a good time. Downhill sections are pretty good and long but that hill still messed up my time. Well organised by marshalls who have their work cut out with some of the car drivers. Strange layout with toilets and registration a 10 minute walk away from car park and start. Still a good enjoyable race and will be back to try and get up that hill abit faster. Date of review: December 5, 2005
In short: toughest race so far for me. first time i have ever stopped running in any race - in order to get up that hill and still get a good time. enjoyed it big time though! Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: I have never run up a hill like that! In full: I am well aware that you can't have a race in Crowborough without some ups and downs but that HILL is exceptional. I am sure it is near vertical at one point! I have run many races, from 10M to marathon, but never seen a hill like that. As this was my first 10K, I got a PB but I am confident I can beat it on any other course! Very well organised , thanks! Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: That is one serious hill! In full: Despite it being cold and damp (what would one expect in December, anyway!) this was a seriously challenging race for a newcomer to 10K like me. The course has the right blend of challenging hills and downhills to help a little recovery for the second lap. Chose to avoid the ford (did'nt want to get wet feet - wimp!)The defining characteristic of the course is the hill and that is enough to make me return next year in an effort to improve my time. Well worth the trip from sunny Essex. Date of review: December 4, 2005