In short: Great fast(ish) course, atmosphere and nice touches In full: The course certainly undulates in places but perhaps the only challenging part is the gently sloping ascent in the last half-mile. You do it at the start and it seems nothing but at the end really kills any last 'spurt' you may be attempting. All in all though it's definitely a course on which to target a PB.
Some excellent extras too - it was really nice to get water in a bottle on the course instead of a cup so you could intake without spilling it all over you(!) and the bright-yellow t-shirt at the end will be an addition to the running wardrobe more useful than most, coming into winter.
I think it's especailly good for faster runners - it was the Essex county chanpionship race so there was a great turnout with plenty to run with at the front (1hr15-1hr25), making a change from other country races I've done where you can be the only one out there.
Well done - would love to come back next year! Date of review: September 24, 2012
In short: Stunning coastline run. Shame about the xxxxxx hill at the end... In full: The sun was out, the breeze was still...and the race rockets along the flat shoreline. But the end - a 400 metre climb that would destroy any hopes of a significant PB. Still, definitely recommended. Date of review: September 28, 2008