In short: An excellent spring half In full: A nice challenging course, definitely undulating, but lots of people got PBs... Steady up and cane the downs... No fuss, no big fanfare, excellent marshalling & support and excellent bunch of other runners... Thanks WGEL Date of review: February 27, 2012
In short: Wot no mud? Have to do with the Wind instead... In full: 1st time at Benfleet 15... The cross country bits around the downs were great, the sea wall coming east to west very challenging, effort repaid with satisfaction at job well done.
Marshalls excellent, well stocked stations with goodies (mars bar, custard creams, jelly babies) and friendly racers.
Bit of a queue at one stile when we could've gone through a gate (which some/most people did), but next stile resulted in correct & proper british queuing at it's finest.
If you found a wedding ring, let me know. Date of review: January 23, 2012
In short: Keep it up Dr Robert... Fnarrr! In full: Again a brilliant race, the extra roady bit was uphill, brilliant... And excellent new hills by making us run up then down, then up again!!! Who'd've thought of that!!! Excellent fancy dress, cheese rolls, medal, shirt (when I get one, Dr Robert ALWAYS delivers!), mug, Roblets and especially marshalls. Ian - "Hawaiian Dude" with maracas... Date of review: January 2, 2012
In short: A great race... In full: ...but could be tougher!! Maybe due to "mud-alley" being withdrawn, but the rutting and muddiness of some of the tracks made it technical enough and some nice open track allowed speed to bebuilt up to compensate. Nice & friendly and a great mug, different colour to last years, so what's next years colour? See you next November! Date of review: November 23, 2011
In short: Excellent Race, got a PB In full: A nice, quick, busy race, couldn't believe how packed it was, very busy up to the business park (9miles), then spread out from there. Ticks all the boxes, excellent atmosphere and friendly people on the course and spectating and nice t-shirt & medal. Thanks Stroud. Date of review: October 25, 2011
In short: Thanks Ware, see you next year... In full: Nice 2 lap course virtually traffic free, so many friendly marshals, couple of hills at the beginning if each lap, then pancake flat, nice tec-shirt and lots of sports pop, brilliant cake stand... Date of review: October 16, 2011
In short: Thanks for having us Eton Manor... In full: Leg 2 of the ELVIS series saw a quick loop around Hackney Marshes... I got a PB so it's quick - and I'm not!! Only thing missing was a nice homemade cake & snacks stand. Date of review: September 29, 2011
In short: Thanks Barking... In full: An excellent 5th leg of the ELVIS series with a smart couple of loops round the country park to make up the 5k. Great spread of cakes, sweets and biscuuits... plus the real clincher: slices of bread & jam with all donations to local hospice made this an excellent race and one to look forward to next year, wherever it takes place. Date of review: September 29, 2011
In short: Elvis has left the building... but he'll be back next year! In full: Last leg of the ELVIS Tour (East London fiVe Interclub Series, though there's seven clubs now!) and a great race to finish on... Organisation was slick (race director does parkrun here on Saturdays) and the competition and atmosphere was chipper and exciting for the last series race. Excellent weather and a bargain at a fiver. See you all next year. Date of review: September 29, 2011
In short: A Fantastic Trail Race In full: Walked the hills, raced the descents and enjoyed everything about this half-marathon. Had booked into the marathon, but didn't do enough training, so instead of winging the 26-miler transferred over to the half (and got the t-shirt) and enjoyed the distance. Marshalling was good and the mistake/slip up at the bbeginning meant we were in the lead for a short while, only to be overtaken by the eventual leaders. It's nice to run with these athletes once in a while. Suggestion for next year: Run the last 13 miles of this years marathon as the half-marathon next year so us back of packers who aren't as hard as nails get to see what the marathoners did this year!! Date of review: September 12, 2011