In short: A really enjoyable run In full: I did this for the first time this year. The organisation was good. The chip timing was great as for me this was a PB run. The scenery was lovely, traffic-free, and the spectators were really encouraging. Water stations were welcome as it was a hot day and the T-shirt was nice... love the green! There were lots of club runners but this is certainly a race for all levels. This is definitely on my calendar for next year! Date of review: June 28, 2009
In full: The race starts in the picturesque village. The course does a figure of eight through gently undulating countryside and looping through the village so that supporters see you come through at the half way stage. Bottled water & a good T-shirt at the end. I didn't experience much queuing for the chip bin and T-shirt. The start was slightly confusing because the MC announced a problem with cars blocking the course and the race would be delayed until it was cleared. Some minutes later I noticed most runners had moved up from the starting pens and so I went up near the start too. I'd heard no follow-up annoucement that the course had been cleared but it started on time at the correct time as far as I could tell. My only criticism is the announcements could have been better at the start. Unless you are used to quite flat races this definitely has PB potential. Date of review: June 1, 2009
In short: Overall, a very enjoyable race! In full: A nice route, pretty and undulating, made it interesting. Good to come back through the village and good support. Portaloos outside the church were the best I have ever seen at a race. Nice t-shirts. Only downside: 1. When the start gun went there were non runners still on the road. Start could be better organised. 2. As others have already commented, congestion at the end for handing chips back and getting t-shirts.
In short: Excellent race - great atmosphere and scenery In full: A great 10km in the picturesque essex countryside. Good mix of fun runners and club runners with great crowd support along the way. Very well organised. Date of review: May 26, 2009
In short: Very good overall - as usual ! In full: Only improvement would be to the chip return and t-shirt pick up area. Got a bit congested and could be improved by keeping it clear / putting in one way barriers up to this point Date of review: May 26, 2009
In short: Great race.... In full: Great race with some great scenery. Possible PB potential but a few hills chucked in for good luck - I achieved a PB by 6 mins but not sure I could do it again! Great atmosphere through the village with a good crowd and very good organisation.
My only improvement would be to have bottled water rather than cups at the water stops... but brilliant otherwise. Date of review: May 26, 2009