In short: slightly "curates egg" sort of race, very good in parts, but alongside A20 bit more offish In full: On the plus side, great venue, good organisation, parts of the course very pleasant(I only did the half, so can't comment on the full marathon), plenty of drinks stations, but just didn't like the bits alongside the A20. Not the sort of road I normally run, I thought from the pre race pix some of it might be trails or trax, but not really the case.
Still, my initial impression was might not come back, but, on reflection, was a small race with lots of charm, mainly down to the venue/organisation, so may well run again! Date of review: November 13, 2011
In short: start a bit problematic if you've not done the race before! In full: I do vaguely remember seeing something about start instructions and that "someone always gets caught out", but have been looking thru website and I can't find them. If the organisers know that there may be some runners who miss the start then putting a large banner marked START near the field where we sign in may not be a very good idea! yes I know now it was the fun run start! Didn't say fun run tho did it? Never heard any warnings re better get going soon, was just lucky I saw a group of club runners legging it off in the opposite direction to me. I think a lot of runners were still walking up the road to the start when the gun/klaxon/whatever went off; I just saw everyone running away from me. Still, it was a charity organised run, and I just hope by their criteria it was succesful(lots of money), and I had a very nice run thru lovely countryside and no-one overtook me(cept for 1 guy who missed the start even worse than me) Date of review: September 25, 2011
In short: bit hilly! fairly muddy! In full: Once again TWH have organised a fantastic run, but forgive me, are they making this course too hard? I've done this run since the early days and it is now just so hard; I end up so tired can't appreciate the scenery anymore! But I love it, and will be back again. Date of review: September 11, 2011
In short: done it before, will do it again! In full: This run, plus the Eridge 10miler and the North Downs 30K are my 3 favourite runs of all time! All hard but so rewarding to finish, and great scenery to boot - I love a trail run. Date of review: August 11, 2011
In short: Just 1 of my favourite runs, tho so hard, and gets harder each year! In full: I love trail runs and this one, along with Eridge and Milland Valley are just the best runs I've ever found in the south. Istead do a fantastic job, really superb organisation.
Pity the poppies were'nt out this year, and managed to fall over while looking for them in vain, plus felt like death at the end; it is a hard run! But will I be back? Wild horses would'nt stop me(and I'm scared of horses) Date of review: June 21, 2011
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