In short: Fabulous, book now for 2012! In full: Thanks Pete and Vigo Runners. It's hard, but not so hard that you can't manage it without getting that happy runner's contented feeling at the finish. Great fellow runners (i.e. not very many headphone runners) First time in N Kent, and thanks vm for the F45 prize! More prizes, or at least age group category acknowledgements may help increased participation in future years. Loved the route, the organisation, venue and all the different & colourful club vests. Date of review: September 2, 2011
In short: mud, road, track,bridleway, hills and flat it had it all In full: From the start to the finish it is a challenge but what an experience. One minute in mud the next on a road. the hill was just something special..... certainly memorable. Brilliantly organised and so glad i decided to do the race. Definitely a 10 miler!!!!!! Date of review: August 30, 2011
In short: TOUGH BUT FAB IF YOU ARE A MASOCHIST! - REFRESHING CHANGE FROM MOST In full: Great 2011 race - I loved it; but you need to like hills and not mind stones and mud!; Very friendly atmosphere; I managed to run it ALL so it can be done (even the big hill, though my running was as slow as those walking up it!); My GPS and a friend's both measured it as 13.7km - 9.56miles (probably 9.6 to 9.7 in reality as GPS does not recognise hills); tips for next year: 1) keep it small and friendly 2) ?keep same route and measure it out and have chip timing if possible (nice for those who want to better their 2011 time) 3) on the website, tell runners how to get results
thanks for a great race Date of review: August 29, 2011
In short: Well organise, friendly, challenging and brilliant fun for all levels. In full: This run incorporates a part of the route used on the North Downs Run, including the Holly Hill bit! Although, I have to say that having now done both runs, this part of Holly Hill was the steepest, muddiest, longest hill I have run...well, walked (!!) yet. But dont let me put you off, I was told by the marshall that even the proper runners had to walk it. It is a real challenge but in a really fun way. Everyone is really friendly and encouraging and the medal is a good 'un. i would recommend this to anyone - just be prepared to get a bit muddy. Well done Vigo - see you next year for sure. Date of review: August 29, 2011
In short: Proper old school English cross country running.................. In full: Wearing a pair of Saucony Kinvara's was an error & a pair of those Adidas Kanadia or Inov-8 / Norman Walsh's would have been a much better call, I was all over the place like an ice skater on that mud + puddles section just before the 1.5 mile incline / hill flint "path" towards the end. The first hill was literally too steep for me to run down properly & I'm not ashamed to admit that all three of us at the front walked up a lot of "the hill" at Halfway. Without wanting to blow my own trumpet, that is the first race I have ever won ( Park Run doesnt count ) & I must admit not a bad race to win! Quite an extraordinary race really & I cant wait to come back & do that race they do in February which must be an absolute bloodbath! Thanks to Pete & all of the Marshalls & people at the rugby club, a quite brilliant event. Date of review: August 29, 2011
In short: Off-road racing at its best In full: A "must do" race for me. Great value, great organisation and a fantastic, challenging course.
I'm surprised it doesn't attract a larger field (although if it did, it might put pressure on the facilities at the clubhouse and cause crowding on the narrower parts of the course) but if you enjoy cross-country or off-road running, this is an absolute must.
All for under a "tenner". Date of review: August 29, 2011