In short: Superb atmosphere and organisation In full: There aren't many races of this length around at this time of year and despite the heat I thoroughly enjoyed this. Extremely well-organised, with everything at Race HQ well-signposted and lots of friendly volunteers to answer any questions. Ample parking too at the actual event rather than half a mile away as seems to be the case with many races. Any course was going to be challenging in today's conditions and while there were no steep ascents it was certainly undulating but with a good variety of terrain. Given the location the course could have been dull but taking it out of the town along local country lanes kept it interesting and more scenic. The water stations were well-placed and well-manned and it was greatly appreciated being given water in bottles with a sport top rather than plastic cups. The sponge station was a nice touch but could have done with being at the midpoint rather than towards the end of the race. All road crossings were extremely well-marshalled. A track finish is always nice and gives the event that little extra. I knew a PB was out of the question in the heat so I was delighted to finish first in my age category and bag a nice trophy as well as my race medal. I was very happy with a bottle of Lucozade Sport and a banana at the end; goody bags are usually rubbish. A 25th anniversary t-shirt would have been a nice touch but not necessary. I would definitely do this race again - it really is a shining example of how good a well-organised race can be. Date of review: July 21, 2014
In short: Superb even in that heat! In full: This was almost a textbook example of a good club race. My only slight gripe is the poor signage on the way to the race, but once there it was plain sailing: everything at the race HQ was clearly signed, there were lots of friendly volunteers around to help, and the tannoy announcements could actually be heard!
Out on the course, there were marshals pretty much everywhere they were needed. The three water stations were well-manned.
The course has a nice bit of variety, with a mixture of country roads, dirt paths, suburban pavements, and the occasional underpass. I don't remember much scenery, but the environment was generally pleasant, with lots of greenery around.
At the finish, all the runners got a bottle of water and a much-needed bottle of Lucozade Sport, as well as a banana and a large (and much appreciated) slice of orange. There was no goody bag, which I'm quite happy about as they're generally rubbish. All the runners got an okayish medal. I think this was one race where I wish the organisers had provided the finishers with a t-shirt, especially as this was the race's 25th anniversary, but that's not a complaint, just a comment.
All things considered, this was a great race that I'd recommend to newbies and experienced runners alike. Date of review: July 20, 2014
In short: Great race run like clockwork as usual In full: 25th year for this race and still going strong so well done Harlow Running Club. Tough going in today's heat but a good course with enough climbs to make it feel like you've earned the medal at the end. Well orgnaised as ever. Date of review: July 20, 2014
In short: Great race, well organised and marshalled In full: Well organised, well marhsalled and friendly, from the air cadets managed parking to drinks and sponge stations, so well done Harlow RC. Good course not hilly but with enough climbs to make it a good work out. Finish on the rack a nice touch.
In short: First time in 3 years In full: After moving to Harlow 3 years ago I have finally managed to enter my local event, and what fun it was.... I will be back next year. Date of review: July 29, 2009
In short: Very good race In full: I enjoyed this race, very well organised (well done HRC).Good to have water in bottles with sports caps(better than plastic cups)other race organisers please take note! Managed a PB so very happy. Thankyou to all the friendly marshalls.