In short: Good un In full: A good race and very friendly marshals.Has great pb potential being so flat. I can't believe people complaining about running on gravel ! just get on with it and stop whinging . Maybe your'e from down south. ! Date of review: September 29, 2008
In short: made to feel welcome, with a village fete type atmosphere. In full: pancake flat lots of offroad farm tracks , welcoming atmosphere.water station 1/2 way round . well marshalled. Date of review: September 29, 2008
In short: Considering the part of the country it is in it could be so much more. In full: The organisation was good - not sure about the start line but I got my number no problems and there were plenty of signs. I didn't like the large gravel on the disused airfield. It was very hard going. Fine for a training run (and I am sure it helped your core stability!!) but not good for a race. It could have been such a lovely run in suh a pretty part of the world but I spent most of my time looking at the ground finding the route with the least rocks!! The marshalls were very supportive and the spectators at the end were really encouraging. You couldn't really call the bag a 'goody bag!' - a 'banana bag' instead maybe!? Date of review: September 28, 2008
In short: The off road section was really uncomfortable and I felt unsafe In full: Parking was in a cornfield with stubble that was higher than the sills on the car - god knows what damage that did! Collected my race number easily and start seemed well organised, a detour was in place on the route which was out of the race committees control as there were roadworks. Mile markers every mile, and water stations at just past two and five miles. This is definitely a race for "proper runners" as it was mostly club entries. I struggled along at the back and would have probably given up if I had not had a supportive road walker behind me the whole way, he was followed by the race car. Too much of this course was on a disused airfield for me, the gravel in places which formed the road was dangerous and at about four miles I twisted something in my right leg which made it pretty painful for the last three miles. The Marshalls were all very friendly and encouraging. Dont think there was enough for the family as there was a small play area (my six year old didnt get on the swings the hour and a half she was there), a sweatshop stall and a tea stall selling coffee and home made cakes. On finishing I was handed a goody bag which was empty apart from a £5 sweatshop voucher which wasnt valid on the stall so is unlikely to be useful to me, and I hadnt taken enough money to buy anything other than coffee and cake for the family.
Not sure if I would do this again, probably not if it is on the airfield again as I felt that it was very ugly and even more dangerous.
Good support from fellow runners especially when they passed me at the three mile mark and they were nearly at the six mile mark on the other side of the road. Date of review: September 28, 2008