In short: Great race, one that I hope becomes a fixture on the calendar. In full: A great run through Hornchurch Country Park (HCP) over 24 hours. Considering it was the first time it was run, went like clockwork, thanks to Danny the Organiser who did a great job! (always shows a well organised event if the main man gets called away during the event because his wife's gone into labour and the show goes on regardless!)
Also big thanks to Dave Keeley of Havering 90 Joggers who was there in the background marking the course, spraying the reflective paint, putting up the glowstix and was still there tidying up long after the 24 hours were up.
And to H90J who not only had two teams out there but ran and/or marshalled for the whole 24 hours
Course was good, might be better with more off road, but then more runners might take a wrong turn, and for those that might have taken a "wrong" turn, i.e. shortcut, well..........Its a course that can easily be shortened but with very limited supply of marshals, the emphasis has to be on making sure you don't get lost; its down to your conscience if you take a "wrong" turn in the dark!
Other matters - I'm afraid the catering was as if a burger van had pulled up, but without the quality, food selection or service that you'd normally get in a lay-by!
Insect bites - as a local (and H90J, vested interest here) I was expecting them, so was wearing full head to toe gear, sprayed with repellent, and still got bitten! Be warned if you enter next year!
Other than those 2 quibbles a great race, really enjoyed it. Date of review: September 2, 2014
In short: Really a trail run now, and seems underrated, not sure why, as its a very good, well organised run In full: Have been doing the Stortford 10 for years now in its various incarnations, and this latest route is my favourite.
Its now much more of a trail run, with the added bonus of Marshalls to prevent those little detours that are frequent in pure trail running. Some of the going is quite rutted (muddy if wet) and a lots through long grass.
3 Drink stations, which were appreciated on a hot day, and a well-marshalled course, which could be described as flattish.
Not sure why its not more popular! When I think of runs like the Brentwood 1/2 which sell out at twice the entry fee for a rubbish medal and similar facilities it does make me wonder re runners common sense.
My only gripe was no sign of the showers, which I could definitely have done with on such a hot day, but I presume the Rugby Club were having a summer refurb, so........ just tuff luck then. Date of review: June 23, 2014
In short: Race is OK, venue is rubbish In full: Been doing this race for years now, has steadily got bigger, but the venue and facilities just aren't up to it!
Changing area is a Marquee, no showers, wash facility of any kind.
Queue for baggage tent was about 100yards long when I tried to drop my kit off, only longer queue was for the toilets, which meant I started the race 6 min after the gun, and No, I don't want to use the bushes!
Race itself is fine, flat and easy, but than get back to the finish and......queue to get my kit back, go back to car and.....queue to get away, was somewhat P****d off by then.
Would I do it again? very, very unlikely, there are better races out there.
In short: Great run - Big Thank-you to the Marshalls. In full: Good, very hard trail run. One very steep downhill in the mud, followed by - you guessed it! Not a good day to Marshall, so thanks to all those who stood out in the wind and sleet - was glad I was running. Date of review: March 3, 2014
In short: Nice 2 lapper, good mix of surfaces, well marshalled In full: Well done Brett Ashford, was a good run. I personally like the 2 lap course, meant I could guage my efforts to get to the 17K mark and then cruise in downhill - an excellent finish.
Good Venue, no problems with loos or showers at the end, liked the drinks and jaffas at the finish.
My only moan might be that in the prize categories, supervet as over 45 means I have no-one to race, because there's no way I can compete with a 45 year old. Us supersupervets (over60)enjoy our own little races, and it would be nice to get our own trophy as some other races do, (the A20 Half springs to mind). Plus you might get a few more of us entering!
But overall, good race, enjoyed it, Ta Date of review: December 1, 2013
In short: Nice run on a wet day, good views over the mud on the Thames Estuary In full: Mainly a there and back again run, with the only hill of note after 1k (and its descent after 2)and then off to Chalkwell and back again along the sea wall - all ok, bit narrow in places. Well Marshalled though.
Venue is basically a field with tents and portaloos, so not too great on a wet day. There is a cafe though, but never got in there myself.
Memo to Organisers - If your're going to have the finish at a C2C rail station, approx 750M from the start/baggage area, why no baggage van to take our kit to the finish, so that those of us who are more eco minded, can just get back on the train?
PS, commiserations to those who drove and parked thinking the wardens might not be busy on a wet Sunday morning, so didn't queue for a parking slip! Date of review: October 21, 2013
In short: Nice run but..... some reservations In full: The actual run is fine, I do like a muddy run through the woods, the Marshalls had my sympathy, no fun standing there in the rain for an hour - Well Done to them.
But, the venue - its fine in good weather to run an event from a field, however, in October it can be cold and damp, and it was, in spades! I ended up changing into my dry clothes in a portaloo, 'cos I dont like driving home wet and muddy - call me a wuss, but there it is. And I never saw the samosas, sulk!
So... Good run, and on a nice day like the Sunday before, 20degrees + and sunny, a great race, but in pouring rain a bit miserable at the end. Date of review: October 14, 2013
In short: Well organised, good course, a run for runners, organised by runners In full: A very nice run, obviously organised by a running club as they know what runners like, no fuss, no hype and a very nice techie T at the end, (can I echo previous sentiments, Shocking Pink next year pls)
Course is excellent, ok, maybe a few drags up, but no real hills, just the finish is a bit uppy, but that might just be 'cos I blew up @ 10.
Only slight cons might be - water bottle too big, but on a hotter day? so better too big than too small, and venue - no facilities to change, ok if the weather is good, but more of a prob if it had been wet/cold.
But, all-in-all, a great race, well done Springfield Striders! Date of review: September 26, 2013