In short: very different, but worth the effort In full: I found this great fun, and certainly more interesting and challenging than the normal road race. Its a bit like the Benfleet 15 but with attitude.
There were a few teething problems, though i collected my race number on the day without problem. The course is challenging, and for a first time event was good. Though I would agree maybe a few more obstacles and less repeat crossing of the fields, but not sure how they would keep the miles without leaving the site.
Main problem was that I also lost the course fairly early on, and was then wrongly directed by a marshall to do the final lap too early. But I was able to rejoin the course fairly easily (lift in the course director's buggy) and completed it without problem. So I guess I just got an extra few miles for free.
Would definitely do it again, and imagine it would be quite challenging in the cold and wet. Date of review: May 17, 2011
In short: Better organisation,i was sent the wrong way by a marshall,and basically had to complete most of the loop again...these things happen,disapointing as i was having a flyer...but will be back well done. Date of review: May 16, 2011
In short: My first adventure style race and really enjoyed it. In full: For a 1st time event I thought they did a good job. Yes, the pre-race communication could have been better but I in the end I think it worked out well. There was the confusion over sending out the race number etc. But actually I think it was better to collect them on the day anyway - especially as the post in Essex has been very unreliable recently.
The course was well planned and pretty tough. Most of Essex is pretty flat - this course isn't! If you normally train and run in in SE England, the terrain is pretty challenging. There was a good selection of obstacles including 2 ponds (1 chest deep), plenty of ditches and huge mounds of soft compost to climb over. I'm told it's not as testing as "Tough guy" but it's a very good introduction to adventure style racing.
If I was to suggest improvements for next year it would be a little less criss-crossing the same fields just to build up miles and a few more obstacles - although I think the existing ones would have been a lot tougher had it not been such a dry spring. A medal at the end rather than a T-Shirt and better catering/facilities at the start/finish.
Overall I think the organisers did a good job for a 1st attempt. It was my first adventure race and I really enjoyed it, I'll be back next year and will recommend it to others. Date of review: May 16, 2011
In short: Really enjoyable, somethimg different and great fun. In full: I was sceptical. Application sent, cheque cashed and had heard……..nothing. I sent an email a week or so before and was advised the race pack would be sent, then received another one telling me to pick it up on the day. The friends who I was running did not even receive this.
We turned up on the day and were relieved not to be the only ones.
It turned out to be a great run and, with the obstacles, a fun and social event. Forget PB’s, it was a matter of getting round the course. Not even sure how far we run, the website suggests 8ish miles.
OK, organisation perhaps not the best (why take contact details then not use them), but a great course. Better communication and more people would have been there.
Would recommend and certainly do again. The next one is in November I believe – a bit colder and wetter no doubt.