In short: Great preparation for a spring marathon / worth doing in its own right In full: Great race over a very challenging course. Along very scenic kent coast so the wind is unpredictable and very gusty in places. Also route means some short sharp uphills/downhill sections as you move up/down cliff. These add to race and make it a good workout.
Race organisation was good. Parking at start was a little crowded but apparently organisers had been let down by usual facilities. Still marshalling to what spaces available was good.
Course was challenging but good fun and marshalls very helpful. Few twists and turns with signs rather than marshalls but no real option as previous marshal warned which way to go.
Great goody bag at end with both medal and towel - in addition a sports drink. So great value.
Cant see much wrong with this one to be honest. Legs got a real work out and much better than doing another long one on your own. Date of review: March 2, 2008
In short: Wind, mud and some challenges but ran like clockwork In full: Had read the reviews for this one and approached with some trepidation. But really enjoyed it.
Its a race of three segments really. First and last bit along sea wall on Canvey, nice and flat and firm underfoot. Wind a bit of a pain in one direction but nothing extraordinary.
Second segment is teh 3-4 miles across teh marshes towards Leigh - little or no wind but fair amount of mud. Veterans said less mud than earier years - but was very challenging underfoot in some places. Added issues of 3-4 styles and 3-4 loving gates (or whatever they are called) - being a soft road runner thesewere new to me. Did not slow things too much but might be a log jam towards back.
Third segment is run back to Canvey along Sea Wall - stright into teh wind with 0% cover - deep joy. Very challenging at that stage of the race.
Really impressed with both the value (think it was £6 or so) and the marshalling - very friendly and straightforward. Not huge amount of support but good field made up for it.
3-4 water stops and a ok T-shirt at end. More of a medal man myself but no real complaint there.
If you are looking for an unusual race over a challenging distance then put it in your diary for next year. Date of review: January 27, 2008
In short: Great organisation and good course makes it a must do race In full: Great race - first time I ahve run it and very impressed. Good organisation at start - chip pick up and parking no problem.
Slightly narrow funnel for the actual start but soon got into stride. Good marshalling all way around. One or two (!) bollards in middle of running line but well marked and marshalls there to warn you.
About half of race (estimate) on paths/ex railway which is great as away from traffic. Rest no problem.
Funnel at end in danger of getting congested but very minor point.
Medal but no goody bag but it was only £9 or so, so no complaints there.
Thanks to all the marshalls and organisers for a great race. Will be back in 2009.
Easy getaway. Brilliant. More like this please! Date of review: January 20, 2008
In short: Great race, great value, great organisation In full: What can I say apart from well done to all concerned for a great race.
Well organised start and as someone said the band certainly gave it a little edge over many standard starts.
Course itself is challenging without being daunting. Mostly gently uphill with a couple of steeper downhill sections. Its a road race through mostly open roads so expect some traffic but all drivers appeared to be very friendly and gave way appropriately.
Marshalls were frequent, supportive and very good. Other races take note.
Limited spectators around course due to weather but made up fr it with support.
Finishing downhill for last mile is great and running towards noise of band gives an addrenalin boost.
Goody bag outstanding especially give cost of race.
Will be back to enjoy this unusual distance next year and many others ought to too! Date of review: October 28, 2007
In short: Perfect for beginers. Flat course. Give it ago! In full: Lovely setting in Birkenhead park. Two lap course running on paths around the park. Slightly confusing as only which side you ran on distinguished which lap you were on but not major problem.
Good warm up and very friendly crowd as you would expect from Cancer Research 10km.
Not huge field of established "runners" to push teh faster racers but large crowd of joggers and a fair few walkers to contend with if near middle / back.
Slight concern over distance as may have been slightly short. Date of review: September 4, 2007
In short: Great organisation, challenging but fun course, something for everyone. In full: Well done to teh organisers of this first bluewater 10km. Had a great time.
Plenty of parking as at shopping centre and as came in back way avoided most of queues. Could have done with one or two people directing people from car park to start but very minor quibble.
Few stands etc at start and cheesy warm up from local next generation gym which seemed to go down well. Not sure why (apart from gimic) men and women started separately - didn't add a whole lot to my experience - guess it didnt take it away either.
Course was interesting...few more minor hills in first part thaj I was expecting - looked worst however on garmin later! And the downhill around 3.5 Km was a bit scary if u took it too fast.
All roads closed which was great. Relatively few spectators around course (as was case with Dartford half a few weeks ago in similar location). Marshalling was good and some supportive.
Goody bag at end was good although why put in a pot noddle rather than something could have eaten straight away?
All in all a very professional good race and I got a PB too which has to be positive! Date of review: August 12, 2007
In short: Very well organised race that is challenging due to the hilly bits but not daunting. In full: Very well organised race that is challenging due to the hilly bits but not daunting.
Oragnisation (with slight exception of mix up over car parking at end - soon resolved) was faultless. Good timed category start and running round the track for the first 800 metres was different but helped to get people into a sensible order.
Course itself had few supporters / crowds but plenty of marshalls. What crowds there were were encouraging but just not enough - not the race organisers fault I know but felt souless at places.
Marshalling was on whole excellent and plenty of them. Where course crossed roads they seemed to be able to stop traffic well. Use of footbridge at around mile 8 was a surprise....it was a busy road...but didn't really expect that.
Hills need to be given due respect but weren't as daunting as you could have been lead to believe.
"Nice" glass etched souvenir at end but personally I would go for medal or T shirt. Just a personal choice.
Lots of water stations, in cups, and banana at end which helped.
In short: Great views, big field, lots of atmosphere...few problems still In full: Had a great time to be honest which could have something to do with getting there about 8am. Dropped bag off, used one of the 50 loos (no queues at all. Wandered to staging area to find myself right at front.
Long slow wait with gradually moving up bit by bit. Seemed to be no reserved places apart from 40 or so elite runners.
Went off from about first row behind elite runers. Race itself great, good crowd (not huge in places due to weather / security I guess) but very vocal. Good course with stunning views.
Few too many 180 degree turns formy liking (6 or 7 I guess) which were OK when I was going round but guess got congested later.
Baggage at end was a bit disorganised.
Really enjoyed race but as others have said why o why no chip timing? Date of review: July 1, 2007
In short: Good race as my first. Not silky smooth In full: After last years reviews of the weather was pleased was cooler. After a few minor niggles at start where people moved forward too early the proper start was ok. Course is very flat with even the "hill" at start / finish not much to write home about. Organisation particularly at end was good and finishing on track was nice.
Was it me or did I miss any sort of goody bag? Only a medal seemed to be on offer Date of review: June 10, 2007