In short: 1st time there - hopefully not my last In full: 1st time that I`ve done MM20 & hopefully I`ll be back again next year. A 10/20 event set in a nice location (quiet roads & open fields), good start / finish facilities and friendly marshals & water stations around the course. Well done Zoom Tri Club. Date of review: March 11, 2011
In short: Excellent race, brilliant marshalling! In full: Really good event. The marshalling was the best I've seen - exceptionally friendly and encouraging and they handled road crossings etc fantastically. Lovely route on quiet country roads, and on the whole it was about as flat as it gets. I was towards the back of the field, which thinned out especially on the 2nd lap - but with the great marshalling I never felt behind or left out. There was plenty of water stations at good intervals offering a choice of water or energy drink, and jelly babies in a couple of places. This one is good timing for a spring marathon - with a relatively small field it is a good opportunity to get a long run in on an organised route with water stops etc. without things being too crowded. Date of review: March 10, 2011
In short: great race! In full: I was quite nervous when i started as had had a few niggles in the week before, and id never run so far without my ipod, but need not have been! I loved the course, and looking around at the countryside kept me entertained! GREAT marshals! they defo helped loads! Strangely I found the whole thing very relaxing (i live and train in london!) felt great when i finished !will defo be back! Date of review: March 10, 2011
In short: A Sunday well spent In full: Overall I enjoyed this race and there was a good atmosphere at the start/finish line. Only gripe was the timing chips: something wasn't right with the computer and it seems that not everyone's results were being recorded accurately. Just looked at the race results on the website and I am listed as not even having run!! Unless that was a dream and my aching legs are lying ... Pity as otherwise excellent day out. Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: Very good pre-marathon dress rehearsal In full: I really enjoyed this race despite it being 20 miles! Very good organisation and the marshalls were extremely encouraging and supportive. There were sufficient water stations and the whole route was pretty much flat apart from the odd inclines but nothing to worry about. I was very relieved at the massages that were available at the end, a complete godsend! I would recommend this highly to anyone participating in a spring marathon, you'll certainly know what you've let yourself in for when you've done this! Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: Good pre marathon 20M with nice atmosphere In full: 2nd time I've done this 20M and it is pretty flat with a nice stretch between miles 5-7 and 15-17 which helps those tired legs. Good water stations with water, energy drink and jelly babies and free energy gels at the start.
Marshalls were really motivation and clapped everyone. I think I took a 1min off my previous PB so am happy.
Could do with starting half an hour earlier though and race instructions only coming out a few days beforehand left me nervous that I was actually IN! Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: That was a totally brilliant 10-mile event! In full: A massive thank you to the great marshals who were super encouraging, cheerful and friendly. Good job !!! I was a tail ender on the 10-mile and the 20-mile competitors were really friendly, thanks guys. I’m glad the runner who said he wouldn’t lap me kept to his word (mind you I hadn’t been in long before the winner of the 20 mile came in…gulp). Loads of water stations with Jelly Babies, great route, lovely technical T-shirt, chip timing and I didn’t have to queue for the loos (which were stocked, clean and had hand-washing facilities. It’s not often that can be said at an event). Zoom Tri this was an excellent event, top score !!!! I’ll be back next year simply because this was so well organised. Date of review: March 6, 2011
In short: lovely race - just made my holiday! In full: I must admit, I only ran this because I've been staying with family on the south coast and wanted a race at the end of the week. Luckily the race distance matched my VLM training plans, and with such a pleasant, well organised race, I'll be tempted to drive the 240 or so miles next year to do it again! Marshals were excellent, drinks stations excellent, I especially liked the option of water or energy drink, the route was teasing straights and curves of the local narrow roads, traffic control second-to-none. With a proper wicking t-shirt, very good value, thanks to all involved! Date of review: March 6, 2011