In short: very different, but worth the effort In full: I found this great fun, and certainly more interesting and challenging than the normal road race. Its a bit like the Benfleet 15 but with attitude.
There were a few teething problems, though i collected my race number on the day without problem. The course is challenging, and for a first time event was good. Though I would agree maybe a few more obstacles and less repeat crossing of the fields, but not sure how they would keep the miles without leaving the site.
Main problem was that I also lost the course fairly early on, and was then wrongly directed by a marshall to do the final lap too early. But I was able to rejoin the course fairly easily (lift in the course director's buggy) and completed it without problem. So I guess I just got an extra few miles for free.
Would definitely do it again, and imagine it would be quite challenging in the cold and wet. Date of review: May 17, 2011
In short: well organised, nice flat course In full: Impressively organised for a first time event, and didnt seem too bad having to run two laps.
Would agree with others that the finish was a bit of killer! I'd definitely run it again, and would know what to expect next time, but it would be nice if we could get those extra yards out of the way somewhere along the course and have a straight finish at the stadium. Date of review: March 29, 2011
In short: Its ok - with some oddities In full: Run this one before and didn't enjoy it, but came back this year and was pleasantly surprised. The course is ok with some nice country lanes and the odd slope or two, though the last mile back is bit urban. The odd start of 2pm is due to the neighbouring football pitches which host much of the local sunday morning football. Facilities aren't great, but the club house is fairly large (if crowded). Its a bit of a trek to the start, but at least you finish in the right place. Tshirt was ok this year, but no water was a bit unforgivable. Date of review: November 22, 2010
In short: New race, nice course, well organised & deserved better turn out In full: A new Friday evening race, and clashing with the football meant this had a pretty low turn out, especially when compared with last weeks event at Howe Street. Course was ok, and well marshalled, and overall the race deserved better support.
Hopefully the organisers will keep at it and next year it gets more runners. In the end it seemed a better option than the football! Date of review: June 19, 2010
In short: Very well organised & marshalled, some long slopes & very hot! In full: Once of the best organised runs in Essex, well marshalled and good crowds. Some long climbs and declines, but once you get away from the main roads its a nice run. Obviously very hot this year (though I've sat in a car staring at cold rain in previous years), but 11am seems a late start, and a hostage for a day like today. I realise there are disbenefits, but an earlier start could also reduce the traffic which is qute heavy on some of the main roads. Date of review: May 23, 2010
In short: fast course, scenic but organisation bit lacking In full: Course is flat and fast, though the breeze made it hard work. Overall a good race across the marshes, but I'd agree with most of the comments on the organisation. Toilets were overworked (but guess the gents experienced what the ladies seem to face most races), lack of signs when arriving in the village (but the big green in a small place means you get there eventually) and lack of marshalls at the water stations. But I enjoyed, and the only reason I'd hesitate to return is that the long drive from Essex meant an early Sunday start. Date of review: March 14, 2010
In short: a fairly tough run - but enjoyable In full: Third attempt at this race and still enjoy it. While the scenery and traffic aren't great, there's really not much the organiser's can do about this. Its well marshalled, and has an early start to avoid the worst of the traffic. The long hills present a reasonable challenge, but I'll still be back next year! Date of review: March 1, 2009
In short: a enjoyable race, well organised and good course In full: Its well organised and marshalled, while the course is challenging without being too tough. And they even sent out my T-shirt in the post as they did not have enough for the late entries. Date of review: November 21, 2008