In short: I've made peace with the mud In full: I did this last year and vowed never to return. But I wanted revenge and so signed up again. My head was in a much better place and so I enjoyed it much more than previously. The mud between miles 7 and 9 is farcical but it's what the race is famous for. Enter this race with no time goals and just for the challenge and you'll love it. Date of review: January 23, 2011
In short: Muddy but fun! In full: Wow, the mud was every bit as bad as I had been told. Two miles of sliding around and just trying to keep moving in the thick sticky mud - I just about kept my trainers on but fell over several times. The run back in along the sea wall was tough with heavy soaked trainers and mud everywhere, but a great event with a nice friendly atmostphere and good marshals.
In short: Stodgy sludge In full: You will either love it or decide never to return. What's on your feet will be a big factor in your view. I will return but better forearmed (fore-legged really). The hill at mile 5 isn't really worth speaking about as it's over in under a minute, but what follows is most definitely memorable. I gather they call it Hadleigh Downs, no doubt on account of a runner called Hadleigh who lost the will to live hereabouts. A girl behind said loudly and in desperation: "I just want to run" as we slithered and slipped over a couple of miles towards Leigh on Sea. The remainder of teh course from mile 10 is easy going but calls on all the strength of the legs. Finishing is all: a great achievement and enormously satisfying.
Very well organised by the way - I appreciated the double dip at the jelly babies. Date of review: January 23, 2011
In short: Challenging but great fun! In full: This is a very hard, challenging race but boy what a great feeling on finishing having battled all that mud.
The marshalls were fantastic - so supporting and cheering - and chatty!!! You were all great - especially the ones at the 3rd water station - you gave me a real boost in continuing.... and the lady marshall in the green wellies who popped up all over the place and was always so encouraging.
Also well done to fellow Liz on completing her first 15 miler - having never done more than 6 miles before. What an achievement!!! Date of review: January 23, 2011
In short: This is a three bath race In full: Didn't find the hill at 5.5 miles as hard as it had been described by the organisers or last year's posts but turn the corner and two miles of mud, some knee deep, leg sapping monsters.
Marshals were so good, encouraging and supportive. Many had run the route the previous day - thanks guys and ladies for all your help and churning the mud up to a nice consistency for us :)
Safe to say this is a hard challenging run and it will take several washes to get clean. Particularly liked the pile of mud soaked trainers left, abandoned on top of one of the refuse bins. Date of review: January 23, 2011
In short: Think im going to be sick..... In full: toughest run i have done for three years and the longest. that muddy stretch 7-9 was stupid but great fun!!! certainly not a pb actually the worst time i have ever done but didnt do it for that. Marshalls and water stations were excellent..well done and thanks to the volunteers Date of review: January 23, 2011
In short: Tough as guts and hugely rewarding In full: First time for me despite being a local, and definitely won't be my last! miles 7-9 were an absolute killer, but despite losing both my shoes and falling flat on my face several times I had an absolute blast! highly recommended! Date of review: January 23, 2011
In short: As usual a first class race In full: Benfleet Running club always excel themselves with this race, the course is challenging but fun with the mud an added bonus. the organisation and marshals on the course are outstanding. Will be back next year for sure. Date of review: January 23, 2011