In short: Really muddy but really fun! In full: I think the most enjoyable event I have taken part in for a number of reasons. 1. Really well organised with marshalls positioned very frequently along the whole course. 2. Challenging course made the race more about finishing rather than trying to achieve a set time so for me that made things more relaxed and enjoyable. 3. Great selection of cakes and rolls at the end, if only more events were like this! Date of review: January 23, 2014
In short: Insane Hills. Insame Mud. Insanely good fun. In full: Have variously heard this described as 'brutal', 'epic' and 'hellish'. It is all of those things and much much. This was probably both the most challenging and the most fun running event I have ever taken part in. I'll be back next year for more of the same. Perhaps the best word, then, is 'Superb'! Date of review: January 23, 2014
In short: Tough, Muddy, Hilly, Fun! In full: This is a great event that is well organised by Benfleet running club. The organisation is impressive, and the marshalls are fantastic offering great support and encouragement along the route. But, this is a tough course with a number of steep hilly sections, and due to the wet winter there was lots of mud and waterlogged grassy areas. Don't let that put you off, whilst it is tough it is very enjoyable and leaves you with a great sense of achivement upon finishing. Date of review: January 22, 2014
In short: Brutal but still buzzing! In full: Wow, crossing the line at the B15 was one of my most proudest moments! Like soldiers in battle anyone who was there will just know what we ran through, hailed as tougher than a marathon, if you do this you're hardcore! Date of review: January 22, 2014
In short: Epic race with killer finish In full: What a great race! Excellent organization, fantastic marshals, challenging but fun coursse. It was my second B15, this time in completely different conditions to last year's snow, but I loved every mile. Just the right mix of terrain, lots of mud, tough hills, and a few flat sections to catch a breather (or overtake a few runners in front:-)). Be warned, the last mile is a killer, constant climb, some of it in slippery mud. Definitely a firm fixture in my yearly racing calendar! Date of review: January 21, 2014
In short: An amazing challenge! Well worth it! In full: I have seldom found crossing a finish line so satisfying! This race was an incredible challenge with lots of tough hills, a final mile that had to be experienced to be believed and more mud than I thought was possible!
Organisation seemed very good, excellent marshaling and drink stations round the course and a really nice finisher t-shirt.
It's probably the hardest race I've ever tried...and I can't wait to try it again next year! Date of review: January 21, 2014
In short: Mud made in heaven or hell!??? In full: I ran the Benfleet 15 last year in the snow and this year was a lot harder, not only the mud which was slippery and lots; but the course was a real eye opener. Running up that final hill to the finish marker near killed me. But, what a trulu fanstastic way to spend a Sunday morning with like minded other nutters who enjoy a bit of self punishment. Benfleet running club proved again what a nice bunch of people they are, their marshalls are superstars and with words of encouragement or just mickey taking gets you around the course.
I will be back next year for sure. The t-shirt is an hourour to wear and the cakes and the very nice ladies serving the cakes were even better.
Well done all involved. Date of review: January 21, 2014
In short: Muddy Good Fun In full: very nice course very muddy but that is beyond anyone's control would love to do this race again. To read my full race review check out http://www.readysteadyrun.co.uk/race-reports/benfleet-15-2014/ Date of review: January 20, 2014