In short: Nothing special, but a nice morning out. In full: Goodness only knows why or how I ended up on the start line of a race in Finsbury Park when I live in Devon. This course is a two lap road race with no real hills to speak of. The ground rises and falls but in a way that doesn't trouble you. I don't much care for urban running, but I don't think this event should be slated because of my own gripes on the surroundings. Organisation was pretty good - though signage for bag drops, on the day entry etc could have been improved. Why oh why have a race for a rain forest though and hand out a non bio-degradable bag full of other non degradable bags of rubbish at the end beats me! Date of review: November 3, 2008
In short: Good stuff. In full: This course isn't suicidal, but it gets that PB ranking because it is over 10k and therefore any designs on a PB go out the window. Also, there are so many narrow sections it's advisable to find your pace and place early so as to avoid hold ups.
On arrival I found myself feeling very sorry for the young fun runners whose race was along the pavement in front of the main reception building and field - they were constantly obstructed, they felt bad, senior runners walking in front of them by accident felt bad...... that really could have been better planned.
The course: super flat for about 2 miles with long sections where overtaking will make F1 look easy. At about 3 miles the course rises and falls fairly well - some tricky step sections - and then there is a hill that takes a toll on pace and breath. After that one hill, it's down and flat all the way home.
The course wasn't too secure, the potential to run into a pram or dog was always there so you had to be on your guard.
The location is stunning. The marshalls were well placed and helpful in that they called out obstructions clearly.
In short: Fantastic In full: Given the chance I'd do this race again year after year. Plymouth Harriers organised this really well, friendly and welcoming, clear locations for bag drop, parking and such like. The course has everything an off road course should have - gullys, moorland, track, one big hill early on and two smaller ones at about half way. Basically, this is a technical cross country which will allow fast runners to really test themselves and beginners to have a superb and very enjoyable day out. Two water stations and no possibility of getting lost thanks to the supportive marshals at almost every corner. Date of review: July 23, 2007