In short: Chilly In full: Definitely lived up to it's name this time. This is the fourth time I've come to do the Chilly, but the last 3 have been the November one, and not so cold. It was bitterly cold, but then, that's why it's called 'The Chilly'. The fact that this is the only race I've come back to that many times says a lot about it. Great race, great organisation, very friendly, great for slower racer. All round, great! Date of review: February 22, 2015
In short: the weather did not help! In full: This is a review of the 10k race only.The prevailing weather ensured that the race took place in rain,wind and mud. The organisation was OK except for the following. The marshalls were poor (apart from one!)and showed little interest in the proceedings.I am also not sure how the timing was calculated as I assume that the starters gun was the commencement of the race and the bar code swiper was the finish? This method was a bit hit and miss and therefore did not reflect an accurate time. Could have done with a medal? There was no goody bag - not that I am complaining. The tee-shirt had to be collected off a pile which was situated in an open fronted tent. Overall not a good impression! . Date of review: November 11, 2014
In short: Will return! In full: Unique distances at Harlech Tri, very well organised (espc given the weather) and brilliant value for money compared to larger scale triathlons.
Pool swim with grass area transition, flat / climb to u turn descent / flat on the bike course where the weather is the greatest determinant. Challenging run yet beautiful along the beach (tailwind in 2014!) before the looming ascent to "Storm the castle". Entering again for 2015! Date of review: October 28, 2014
In short: A must do In full: My first tri, and I will be back. Well organised,great marshalls, friendly and helpful fellow competitors. I beat my guess at my finish time by over 20 mins. The start of a new obsession. Date of review: September 28, 2014
In short: Iron out a few teething issues and this will be a great event In full: The inaugral Worcester City RBR was my first try at a multi-discipline event. Consisting of a 10k run (run at the sdame time as the Worcester City 10k), a 35km bike ride and 5k run to finish. The first 10k was very enjoyable and I think has potential for a great event. Well supported and flat though a little twisty in places but a good PB potential for medium abilities. The bike course was lumpy and quite technical (a few more warning signs wouldn't go amiss in places too), however, the organisers seriously need to review the dismount policy on a 1:7 steep, cycling prohibited alleyway on the route. Having to walk this out and back in cycling shoes is frankly dangerous. I managed to fall over and hurt my back dismounting since cycling shoes are not designed to be walked in. The pre-event briefing by Steve Cram stressed the importance of safety first so this was very disappointing. I will commend Steve on being highly visible as an event organiser getting stuck in shifting barriers, directing competitors and marshalling - this is what event organisers should be seen to be doing so for such a high profile figure as Steve to be doing this is high commendable. Overall, this has potential to be a highly enjoyable event; sort out the cycling route issues and I'll be back next year. If the same RBR route is used, I'll stick to the 10k only. Date of review: September 22, 2014
In short: The friendliest and by far the best triathlon i've taken part in. In full: Hopefully this won't clash with the Maidenhead Half next time as this is an event to keep coming back to again and again.
A really friendly event, ultra slick organisation right from the pre race information, the genius idea of racking your bike pre-registration and then the event itself. Brilliant marshals and lovely courses.
I stayed overnight at the hotel onsite the night before the race and I'd certainly do that again; a relaxed breakfast and lie in makes such a difference.
In short: Fantastic In full: The best event I've ever taken part in. Beautiful river swim and a really playful 10k through a stunning location. Well done all involved and thanks for a great day out. Date of review: July 28, 2014
In short: Awesome In full: Simply a fantastic event!!!. Tough as nuts, beautiful scenery and cat 2 hills!. Brilliantly organised (again) by DBMAX with loads of goodies. Excellent vfm. You've missed it this year - don't miss it next year! Date of review: July 5, 2014
In short: Superb well worth doing , will be back next year , Mallards pike was stunning In full: Mallards pike lake swim beautiful setting & not at all cold. The bike ride is quite undulating with a good climb from the level crossing !! Run a flat two laps finishing round the lake . Great for spectators. Nicely organised , very relaxed, Date of review: July 1, 2014
In short: My first multisport event and it was great , well organised and very simply set up . I did rack my bike where i wanted NOT where my number was and was politely told about this by the marshall , so no big deal there Date of review: April 25, 2014
In short: Flat race. Fairly quiet roads. NUmber one goody bag!! In full: Event takes place along seafront and was perfect weather this particular Sunday. Could be very different on a windy day! A couple of things - more toilets. Only 3 for 150 competitors. The 2nd lap on the cycle section needs more marshals to make sure cyclists know to go round twice. Otherwise an enjoyable friendly race for beginners and experienced competitors and probably one of the best goody bags I have ever received. Date of review: March 17, 2014
In short: Beautiful countryside and excellent organisation - thank you Marlow striders In full: My first multi-sport event so wasn't sure what to expect. It was a really great morning. The 7km run course is done twice- once in each direction which as a nice touch and made it seem more interesting. The course is pretty flat and runs through nice paths and criss crosses the lovely Thames at Marlow. The bike course takes in the stunning scenery of the Hambledon Valley - a really beautiful ride. Marshalls were on hand everywhere needed and were very encouraging. One (tiny) thing to consider- I was expecting something to help re-fuel at the end but all that was on offer was a glass of water- a banana or cereal bar would have helped a lot. A great event and will definitely do it again, thank you. Date of review: March 16, 2014
In short: Excellent race for a duathlon first timer In full: Suffered badly from pre-race nerves but it was my first one. I entered it because I thought it would push me to my limit and it certainly did. The transitions were hard and couldn't feel my legs on the last leg of the run, but I did it in a reasonable time and the medal was pretty good too. The support and organisation were fantastic. Definitely entering next year :) Date of review: December 26, 2013
In short: My first Tri! In full: Chose this as my first tri (sprint distance), as I'd swam there before and knew the area was flat for the cycle. Everyone was very friendly and helpful to this beginner, a very nice introduction to triathlon.
The swim section was a bit crowded but the water is nice and clear. The cycle section was very flat, but a strong headwind on the return leg made life very difficult. The run was a simple out and back, it was quite nice to be able to observe swimmers and cyclists in other waves, and doing loops meant that my wife was able to see me go past a few times. The organisation was smooth, and the organisers were on hand to help some of the competitors who had specific queries.
Would I do another tri? Yes, but I'd probably wait until I get a road bike and get some more miles in my legs - I was constantly lapped on my hybrid, so will stick to swimming and running for the moment. Date of review: September 30, 2013