In short: Nice run, more water stations? In full: This is a nice small essex village run, very limited parking/facilities, so as long as you know that, the fact that there are 1500 runners is not a problem, i.e. get there early so you can park and use toilets before the queues. Obviously some did'nt hence the delayed start, also they may have been at the back, again if you know the venue, get there early and up to the front. Sorry club runners if there were lots of 1st timers on the start line(not me, honest). My only real complaint would be not enough drink stations, on a hot day 1 is not enough, set up 3 at least please, if it turns out wet you've only wasted a bit of water! Saw 1 runner down at 9.5K, hope he was ok, but was that dehydration? Organisers please consider. Date of review: May 30, 2011
In short: hmmm, don't think i'll bother again! In full: My second time, but not impressed, this is a run for blokes who decide that it sounds like a laugh while in the pub, and if that sounds patronising, yup, its meant too. Without the two water features this is a very boring trail run, and too narrow for the number of runners, i.e. you can only go at the pace of the guy walking uphill in front of you, its a hellrun, not a hellwalk! And the water features, well they're ok, but very artificial, just spoil the run really. So, as a club runner, the general consensus was, why bother in future? There are much better trail runs out there, or good old fashioned X-C. Date of review: December 15, 2010
In short: pleasant run, nice scenery, only tweaks needed might be at start/finish In full: Only did the half so course was fine, not sure if I'd have enjoyed the hill second time round! Shame we could'nt all have started together, found the mile markers confusing as you had to check if they were for the half or the full, and got mixed up round about 7. Also felt sorry for the nice man giving out the half prizes as by the time they announced it most of the runners were long gone, hope the same did'nt happen to the full marathoners! But overall a nice feelgood run. Date of review: October 19, 2010
In short: Well done again Havering 90, another lovely, well organised run with a free swim thrown in! In full: Really nice little run/swim, lovely atmosphere, brilliantly marshalled, great way to spend a Sunday morning. Thank you Havering 90, and especially the Organiser(s), wonderful race
In short: nice flat run, but another race where the entry numbers are getting too big for the venue? In full: Having done this run many times it seems odd that as the numbers go up the facilities go down. Why is it held at the car auction place if they obviously don't want runners to use what little facilities there are.And to echo others comments, surely there should be guidelines for race organisers to provide adequate numbers of toilets per runner. Although saying that, as an experienced jogger, if its a chip to chip race, missing the start is no big deal, you will still get an accurate time, which is better than making the start and then getting caught short on the run! And if its not chip to chip, its still no big deal, most runners use their own stopwatch, still better to be safe than sorry later in the run! Date of review: April 12, 2010
In short: some runs have great scenery, excellent venue, good organisation - and then theres Roding In full: I do this run every 3/4 years, always swear I'll never come back, this time I mean it! At least the Marshalls got the course right this time(no extra loop like last time I did it), but its a horrible one, the venue is dilapidated and the organisation is unobtrusive, but not in a good way. Weather not their fault and Marshalls excellent, but thats the first time on a race I've been crossed over a road by the equivalent of a lollypop lady, course is just not suitable for a big run, sorry Roding. Date of review: February 28, 2010
In short: Nice race, only a few minor quibbles that might make it a really good one. In full: Race venue is a little small for the number of runners, but I suppose that is a problem caused by the races popularity - resrtict the entry slightly? Not enough "facilities", I don't know if race organisers have guidelines as to how many portaloos there must be per runner, but the queues were too long! - and no mens showers at all afterwards! Apart from that good run, liked the space blankets, needed actually, but had to be told where to get my Tshirt, can see why some people missed out, they needed to be a bit more obvious. Date of review: February 8, 2010
In short: Wot - no T-shirt!!! In full: Nice race Stebbing, always enjoy it after the 1st mile, but mildly miffed not to get a t-shirt!
Apparently only the 1st 500 are guaranteed one and "late entries" may get one if their lucky. A) I didn't know I was a late entry, and B) if the race limit is a set number, most clubs over-order to ensure everyone plus the marshalls get a memento.
Any comments Stebbing? Date of review: November 8, 2009