In short: Well organised, scenic and fast. Can't ask for much more. In full: The race buildup was great, with a very energetic girl with the mic doing her best to build the atmosphere. Only minor quibble would be the queue for the loos which was a bit long.
The race itself was well marshalled, with clear km markers, and very scenic. Pretty much totally flat, albeit with some large puddles and mud patches to navigate at some points.
All in all a great race for both faster and slower runners.
In short: A great scenic race, but made a little hazardous by all the recent rain. In full: The race was tough, and made worse by the weather, but still a lot of fun.
The course is fairly hilly, and th surface varies from sandy to muddy to very muddy. Lots of opportunities to trip or slip over, so you need to be very careful with your footing (made worse by the recent rainfall and downpour on the day). I saw several fallers and a couple of people limping, but there were ample medical people around.
Marshalls were great, but i only saw two distance markers at 5km and 7km, a few more would have been good.
Water was available at about 2km (I'm guessing as i did not have a garmin and no distance markers). Would have been more useful to have it at 5km or 6km.
There were no loos near the start, so most people seemed to be heading into the trees.
This is the first time the race has been run, so I am sure small problems will be sorted for next time. Overrall it was great fun, despite torrential rain, hail and wind!
In short: Very quick race, enjoyed it a lot. In full: Would have been good to have a little more organisation at the start, so people started in the right place for their expected times, but the crowd soon thinned out. Otherwise an excellently organised race. Date of review: March 29, 2009
In short: A great, quick race. In full: Lots of friendly marshalls where you need them (i.e. crossing some roads), and milling around at the start to answer queries. Plenty of water stations. The route itself though picturesque, has almost no crowd other than when you return into the town centre, so it is quite like a training run, just with several hundred others. As a result lots more people than normal seemed to be wearing earphones. It's been said before many times, but the reward for slogging away for 16 miles is a cup. It doesn't even say whether you did the 8 or 16 mile race, but is better than nothing i suppose. Date of review: October 12, 2008