In short: Cold and slippy. My first race (so rated accordingly as I dont know any better!) In full: A beautiful location, made more so by snow and ice covering the ground! My first ever race and Id hoped would have a "fun run" atmosphere, but most people seemed quite serious. I think this pushed me on though as I managed to finish in less than an hour, despite the big slow hill that killed me!
I didnt think 1hr was that slow - but by the time me and the remaining 3 finshed, everyone had pretty much gone home - so a bit of an anticlimax for my first finish line.
Anyway. I shall definately be doing it next year. The organisation of the race seemed good and the marshalls were encouraging and friendly. Date of review: December 28, 2009
In short: Challenging but enjoyable. In full: The weather seemed out to cancel this race however it was able to go ahead (I had to brave the icy roads from Essex to get there). this was a well organised race that was well marked and martialled. the grounds were stunning. This was my first organised cross country run which was a challenge (I probably wouldnt have signed up if i'd realised, however it was enjoyable and i would do it again....... though the hill up the driveway was a killer second time round. it's a shame the medals got held up in a depot as it would have been nice to get this on the race day. good effort to everyone involved Date of review: December 21, 2009
In short: Great place to run made more festive by the snowfall. If it had been above freezing the wood would have become even more of a quagmire! Excellent communications leading up to the race. Date of review: December 21, 2009
In short: A friendly, festive race despite snow, ice and a very steep hill! In full: This was my first Pudding Dash and what an enjoyable race it was. The weather had meant the course had to be changed to avoid the worst of the icy patches meaning we had to run up the rather large hill instead of down it; a wise decision given the conditions but I found the hill a bit of a killer! The organisers really did a great job of emailing everybody the day or two before to let them know what was happening - this was very much appreciated and despite a real disappointment with the couriers not being able to sort out the medals there was still a pudding at the end for everyone. Beautiful scenery and lots of fancy dress plus it was really nice to be able to see the youngsters run in their one mile course. Date of review: December 20, 2009
In short: Glorious winter conditions. In full: Well done to Martin Burke the race director for the constant stream of race information with the adverse weather conditions. As it turned out the race was glorious - snow everywhere and bright sunshine with clear skies. Plenty of room to mill around in the warm before and after the race.It's a shame that it has to be a 2 lap course. The setting is wonderful - any chance of making it a single loop? Date of review: December 20, 2009
In short: Weather conditions made for a scenic but 'watch your step' race In full: No queue for the toilet and refreshments available inside. Thought the location was scenic and the marshals were encouraging.Enjoyed the race but was really disappointed it was not the 5 miles it claimed to be. Date of review: December 19, 2009
In short: Wonderful end to the season In full: Well done to Martin and his folks for keeping this race going despite everything that the weather could throw in his way! Enjoyable course, fantastic seasonal scenery and a great atmosphere. Well done - loved it and will be back for a third go next year. Perfect start to the festive sillyness. Date of review: December 19, 2009
In short: Lovely race really enjoyable In full: Well done to Martin for pulling it off against all the odds. That hill took my breath away the first time around but loved the mud and snow through the woods. Even the A21 behaved itself on the way back to Gravesend. Date of review: December 19, 2009