In short: Additional note In full: Just wanted to add an additional note to my review: the results took ages to come out, and when they did it turns out that they cannot be officially recorded to powerof10 or run britain because the race wasn't licensed. The "official" time was also wildly difficult to what I timed myself at. Having run well, I wanted my time to be officially recorded. Not overly impressed and would now not do this race again. Date of review: September 24, 2012
In short: Well organised In full: As 2011 reviewers said, this is not a flat course! 2012 weather very hot, and organisers put in an extra water stop, which was much appreciated. The roads aren't closed for this race, which means sometimes you do have to stop as cars/tractors pass each other on the country roads, but it's not a fast course anyway. Pretty in places, especially at the turn around at the top of the course at 4 ish miles(or maybe just I got a chance to look at that bit more because it was downhill?!). Would run again. Is good prep race for autumn half marathons. Date of review: September 10, 2012
In short: Great organisation if you weren't in the first 6! Weather absolutely shocking, thought might be blown into the Keyhaven Marshes. On a nice day would be lovely. In full: Expensive entry but for charity. Fair mix of runners (though was advisable not to be atthe very sharp end in this instance!). Gravel, shingle etc... was draining, but not as draining as the weather - all credit to the marshalls and organisers, and the local people and supporters, who stood in the pouring rain being battered around by the wind just to look after us lot! Nice medal and prizes, very thankful for mars bar at the end. Thefield wasn't perfect, but at least it was clear where the finish was, and there were a lot of people sprint-finishing, so I don't think you can criticise it too much - it was better than coming across it suddenly on some country lane! Km markers were helpful - don't know how accurate they were though because I don't run with one of those nerdy computer gadget things. Date of review: May 15, 2007
In short: Bettter than previous years. In full: Starting 5 & 10kms off at the same time obviously appeared to be a good idea until they saw how many people there were, but I think that will be changed next year. Different (and more accurate) course to when I last ran it, which was a less memorable and less hilly course.
A lot of people out starting new year's resolution intentions, and it was them that the race was really about, though there were some shift guys at the sharp-end of the 10km too (when they're laaping 5km runners in a 2-lap race you start to wonder!). I ran the 5km as a warm-up race for county championships, which I found useful - there were enoguh good 5 and 10k runners for it to be challenging, but it probably won't be your favourite race ever. Date of review: April 11, 2007
In short: Much better organisation in the 10km this year, and overall marshalling was miles better! In full: However, the 5km course was hideously overgrown, as runs on private trails, so most 5km finished finished with nettle stings and even muddier than the 10km runners! One patch you were practically sliding backwards it was so muddy and slippery! Also nearly got run over twice, but there wasn't much they could do about that, except put in a hare, and I don't think they'd have got a bike down the trails.
Organisation made it much less stressful than last year - they sent out maps before had, there were more marshalls, and they looked more alert.
An excellent warm-up race for the cross-country season. Not exception fields, but it's a friendly and relaxed atomsphere. Commentator was also fantastic - picking out all the runners by name and congratulating them, and there was good support from the specutators too. Date of review: October 2, 2005
In short: Flat, competitive, dark In full: Flat as a sat-on pancake, so you basically fly along the seafront. Very, very fast start, so be warned about fast pace. Also, it's dark, and everywhere looks the same, so it's hard to judge where you are. Very violent racing too - a lot of shoving and cutting-in. Date of review: February 27, 2005
In short: Leave your watch at home, because the laps are more like 6km, making time irrelevant. Also, watch out for the big hill right at the end, when you're already starting to realise that you've already run at least 5.5km! In full: Lovely atmosphere. Starters megaphone really could do with batteries, or just someone with a loud voice (anyone here the prize giving announcement? No? Neither did the prize winners!!!). A lot of beginners, but a lovely atmosphere, supportative and friendly. And they didn't run out of water this year either! Infact, they had so much left over they were deseperately trying to get rid of it, which is impressive compared to most similar races. Date of review: December 28, 2004
In short: The race was very mixed, with some obviously very good club runners of all ages, and a lot of walkers, but these wer very nice to the lead runners, clapping and cheering as we doubled back alongside them! In full: The course around Plock Court was a bit boring - basically just two laps of a field. However, it was very flat and fast, which made up for it, and there were markers at sensible distances (1km 2.5 km, 400m from the end, etc...). Date of review: October 27, 2004
In short: All the 10km runners got sent the wrong way, and got completely lost. Some were running under 7km, some were running 13km, and nobody knew where they were going. Date of review: October 16, 2004