In short: everything just right - but turn down the sun next time please In full: Last time I did a race through CLiddesden I was cycling in JUne - it threw it down all day and may hands were so cold I couldn't move them for an hour after the finish - that was the kind of weather I would have expected in October - not the hot sunshine we did get.
for a first time event it was really well organised, lots of people around in the town and along the route.
I never knew so many people lived in CLiddesden - seemed like they were all out, cheering the crowd on, they stayed out for ages too, still seemed to be out cheering on the slower runners.
Nice course to the race - the hills are there to make it tough, but at the top there is often a long down hill, which makes the climb to the top worth it.
well done to all involved - be back next year (with a sun hat) Date of review: October 10, 2011
In short: Lightning Flashed, thundered roared and down it poured..... In full: What a start thunder and lightning and torrential rain before the start - did it dampen the spirits - not a bit.
The race (and for those mental guys at the front it was a race) is tough - I managed a Personal Worst time for a marathon - so unless it's you first ever marathon a PB is unlikely.
The course is cleverly designed to extract as much psychological torture as possible. Every hill you run down - you will be running back up at some point. You know how far ahead the leaders are as they come steaming by you in the opposite direction. And then there is reaching the final line for the first time, where you have to turn round and do it all over again.
Having said that, the downhills and flats (and quite a few of the hills) were all runnable.
Hats of to the marshalls - top notch cheekiness from all of them.
The only bad point was that I had the wrong name printed on my running number - but by the end of the race I had stopped thinking there was somebody else behind and became my new alter ego "Matt"
P.S. Hats of to the guy from Colchester who did the steps 5 times (instead of the normal 4) - I tipped the marshals a fiver to send you the wrong way ;-)
Overall a great race - may even do it again in 2 years time.
In short: Early start to the season In full: Laps round the country lanes were noas dull as I feared - support all along the way kept the spirits up.
Getting a hat mad a nice chnage from the usual T-shirt, start was well organised, I sure there is a good organisational reason as to why we finish were we did but it's no fun hanging around for a bus (or worse walking back).
Still quite enjoyed the quick course - no PB - the slight undulations (and early start) put pay to that.
In short: chilly start - warm glow at thefinish In full: freezing cold start - soon warmed up, course was well organised with good support from the marshalls. Course is a little dull - going up and down the kerb on the footpaths was not my idea of fun (my usual races are x-country) but for speed this is a great race - having removed the hills from my usual races I chipped 30 minutes of my PB - so the race did what it was suppose to do.
In short: Like clockwork In full: Organisation is stupendous - park next to the start line. Number collection and baggage drop were quick, map and details were clear. I did the 50K -although the GPS sais it was shorter than that - still how can I complain when the start line appeared sooner than I had expected. No major hills, all are runable, the do on and one though. lots of undulations out there, keep the head down and don't think about. plenty of nutters on the course - check out tyregirl.com, and plenty of people using this as a training run - mad people.
Overall really enjoyed this one Date of review: August 9, 2010