In short: THE BEST!!!! In full: Top marks AGAIN to Albert Kemp, Martin Burke, Nice Work Team, marshals/volunteers, cake makers and local residents for delivering an exceptional race event around the picturesque Bewl Water.
This race is FIRST CLASS and MUST be ranked in the top 5 in the country.
Let me know what other race events deliver the below?
Extensive pre-race emails Pickup service from train station Helpful car park wardens Toilets/changing rooms/showers Friendly Bag Drop Chip timing Highland major piper supportive marshals throughout the course Thoughtful residents with hose pipes Water lucozade jelly babies oranges sponge stations Great medal and goody bag Services of St John Ambulance Bananas Tea & Coffee Wide selection of tasty cakes Real Ale Brass Band Prizes/Trophies for race winners free massages Excessive family entertainment at the Greyhound Pub & Sports Centre
In short: lovely course really enjoyed it In full: This would be a tough slog on a normal day but with scorching heat it made it so much harder ! but the course is lovely, marshalls and organisation was great, finishers medal was fantastic. Date of review: July 15, 2013
In short: Great race, well done to the organisers In full: Thanks to Wadhurst Runners and Nice Work plus those who helped on the day, from the bag drop, to the car park wardens to the marshalls who stood out in the heat for hours to help and encourage us round.
It was a great race, what a great idea to run around this well-known local reservoir and I can't wait to get back next year. I've run this three times now but never run another 15 mile race, so it's perhaps not fair to mark it low on personal best possibilities, but I think most people would agree with me. Whilst the scenery is beautiful, the race is largely not on roads, though much of the last five miles is. I find it hard to run as fast on trail-type surface, even when, as this year, it was as hard as bone.
Enough about PB possibilities. After about 3/4 mile down a steepish hill, this race is pretty flat for the first ten miles, then it goes on-road, and there are three hills, the last of which reverses the initial 3/4 mile, which is quite hard at the end. My garmin made the total climb 198 metres, which is not a lot for a 15-mile race. However it does feel harder than that, especially when, as today, the temperature was high and the sun out. The reservoir does seem to create some breeze, and the trees do provide shade in many places, but generally not on the three hills in the final five miles.
It was quite hot, 23 Celsius according to my Garmin Connect records. Quite a few people were walking up the hills at the end, so no-one should feel any shame about that!
I agree that providing bottles of water at the stations was very helpful on such a hot day. Personally I'd favour an earlier start, as it can be quite hot in July, even in England, but I guess I'm in a minority.
Finally I must repeat my thanks to Wadhurst Runners who are I think quite a small club in numbers, but large in achievement and ambition! Date of review: July 14, 2013
In short: A really enjoyable, friendly and well organised event. In full: In essence the event was superb a good challenging course with friendly water stops and kind residents with hose pipes as it was so hot. An event that I will definitely do again and advise everyone else to do. Thank you.the Date of review: July 10, 2013