In short: Good training event for a sprint marathon In full: A big improvement on last year. Moving the start near the cars was great with the added bonus of getting the horrible airfield circuit out of the way at the beginning and at half way. Well done for listening to the runners and making changes. Still a fantastic medal like last year. So shiny. Date of review: March 13, 2011
In short: Mud. Lots and lots and sticky mud In full: My 5th time running this event and whilst the conditions are no where near the worst in terms of weather and water on the course, the mud seemed to be the perfect consistency for sliding sideways and sticking to your shoe. There was one stretch what went on for about 4 miles nearly having me in tears. The new Hill at mile 15 was hideous; I had to use the fence to drag myself up.
Having said all that, its still my favourite race. I didn't enjoy this outing but I will be back next year. I huge thanks to everyone involved. And a big thanks to the girls in pink at mile 7. You made a lot of people smile. I could still hear you echoing across the valley at mile 9. Date of review: February 27, 2011
In short: Good, challenging cross-country race In full: A great race on army land near Guildford. Good 10 and 15k courses. Challenging enough without being crazy. A couple of water hazards to keep in interesting. Could do with an organised bag drop - I cycled and had to leave my bag in the transition area for the duathlon. Lack of a hot drink was unavoidable apparently. Other than that, great. I'm signed up to the other 3 in the series. Date of review: November 21, 2010
In short: Lots of good, some bits that need work - good first effort In full: The first running of any event is tough and with that in mind, I think they did a great job. My positives were: 1. Great crowds. 2. Well organised 3. Lovely big medal and T-shirt
There are some things they should look at:
1. Maybe needed another water station in the first half. 2. I really didn't like the course. First half was ok but the long up and down stretch up that straight road at mile 16 was torture and of course, the horrible industrial estate. There must be something better. 3. Need twice as many loos. The queues at 7:45 were really long. 4. Either its no iPods or they are allowed. I read no iPods so I didn't wear one. I saw loads with them and not one person being told to take them off. If you set a rule you have to be prepared to enforce it. 5. The issue with the incorrect chip time. Imagine if you have been trying for a sub 4 and get sent a 3:59 text. Then hours later you found out it was 4:01. Heart breaking. Date of review: April 18, 2010
In short: 7 miles of pleasnt coutry lanes, 3 miles of pain In full: Not a great fun of looped races as it feels harder to do the same bit twice. This was made worse by the 3 mile section around the airfield. The wind made it tough as did the view of the 2+ miles or road ahead of you. Very tough mentally. One the plus side, the medal was one of the best I have ever got. Really big, shiny and heavy. Thanks. Date of review: March 20, 2010
In short: Awesome as always In full: My favourite race of the year. In spite of this years terrible weather, it was still the most fun you can have in a field. Every involved is brilliant, helpful, happy and encouraging. Its about as perfect as a race gets. Date of review: February 28, 2010
In short: Good organisation, good value but too many cars In full: A well organised run on an ok course. Its mostly roads and does go through Wimbledon Village where a lot of drivers show their inability to wait for 5 minutes and get cross. It is a perfect negative split course with all the up in the first 5k. Date of review: October 19, 2009
In short: Excellent race run by friendly people In full: I loved this race. It was a 15 mile out-and-back down the coast from Margate. It was mostly on the beach with small sections on the cliff top and promenade. The sand was compacted in places but in others it just disintegrated underfoot which was a killer. The small climbs up to the top of the cliff were also tough and add a headwind in the last 4 miles and it was a real achievement to finish.
The organisation was great. HQ was in the local scout hut with helpful members of Thanet AC, good toilets and nice cups of tea. The start was a short walk away on the beach and at 10am prompt, we headed out.
All the marshals were really friendly and I was particularly touched by the race director who took time to chat to me as I sat on my own in the scout hut. I'm sure he was very busy. Date of review: October 10, 2009
In short: My balls were buster In full: A beast of a race with 5 laps of the 8 mile circuit and 5 times up Box Hill (2 on foot and 3 on bike). One more drinks station would have been good. Fantastic jacket in the goodie bag and a really good metal water bottle. A really great event. Date of review: March 25, 2009