In short: 5 Queues is far too many In full: Long queue to get off the A12 to get into the Park & Ride " to pay at the kiosk " to use the toilets " to hand in baggage
All of which meant by the time I'd got my number on and chip fastened the race was 9minutes gone
And I'd got to the turn off for the Park'n'ride before 8am!
The organisation of this race is a SHAMBLES, although the actual race is quite pleasant, once you get going.
And once you've finished, another queue to retrieve your baggage and a long walk back to the car (and yes another Q to get out)
The organisers should go to anther race, for instance Halstead, to see how a slick race can be run with NO hassles, but I don't suppose the Rotary club have any wish to see how a running club puts a race on - too busy seeing how much money they can raise.
I will not be returning Date of review: March 13, 2016
In short: Quiet, unpretentious, well-organised race In full: For me a local run so am used to Grays and the course, which is a bit dull, evidence of fly-tipping, but as I've been running races around here for years I don't really notice it.
Very well marshalled/organised, nice finish around the track to get your bottle of water. I didn't even realise there was a memento(a pen) until after I'd got changed and saw someone looking at theirs, so not the greatest value race!
Shame there aren't any showers (there is a shower area, but no shower-heads, bit odd) but I may be in a minority here. Date of review: August 30, 2015
In short: Really well-organised small run, incredible value, and, for a 3 1/3 lapper, good fun In full: Great little run around Thames Chase in Essex, although a 3 1/3 lap course, all off road on a cinder-type track through the woods and meadows - reasonably flat and fast - ideal for first timers.
Very well organised, with pens at the start to make sure there were no blockages on the fairly narrow paths, plenty of supportive marshals and chip timing to give almost instantaneous results.
Great goody bag at the end (a H90J) tote bag, containing a techie t shirt, a little running shoe memento thingie, plus the usual water choc bar stuff - really put other much larger runs to shame, 1/2 the price and 3 times as much stuff!
AND virtually unlimited free cakes'n'coffee at the end - Wot's not too like! Date of review: June 20, 2015
In short: Ok run, just nothing special, and some potential problems In full: For a run that advertised itself as having a 2500 limit and book early, this was in reality very small scale, and just as well.
Very limited toilet facilities, luckily only 280 or so finishers, any more would have caused real problems.
Course was, for the main part, dull and boring, although very flat, and usp of the thameside bit, was 1M x 3 on the 3 lap course - strange really when you think they could have run us up and down the thames for miles in either direction.
Overall impression I got that this was a run organised by a non-runners event team, who had no real idea of what makes a good race from a club runners viewpoint or what we need.
On the other hand, plenty of enthusiasm from the organisers and some of the marshalls, especially the lady between 11 & 12 markers, and I'm sure lots of people enjoyed themselves. Date of review: March 30, 2015
In short: Actual run is good, nice route - venue & organisation, could be better In full: My first time at Berkhamsted, but as I've run numerous Gade Valley training runs I know the course backwards (literally), so enjoyed the actual run - log hills but nothing too severe.
Venue - reminded me of a local park/fun run, i.e. not much there, no proper changing facilities, showers etc, shelter if it had been worse weather. And as a note to organisers, if you send out numbers, give us a baggage label at the same time; would have saved a long, pointless queue!
Value - its a rotary run so I don't expect much for my money, hope they raised lots for their good cause.
So - nice enough run, but I did same course the week before as a Marathon Training run with Gade Valley Harriers as a 17 miler for £5, with better facilities, so may stick to their runs in future. Date of review: March 1, 2015
In short: Curate's egg run - half lovely tow path, but half terrible road run In full: Considering it was the 1st time this event has taken place was surprised at how many runners had entered - very big entry!
Which meant a very crowded, confused start and then 5miles of running along a busy A road with no pavements on the side most runners used(not me). To be honest I'm surprised they got a race license and the race adjudicator needs to address this if the race takes place again.
Also, no mention of "No Headphones" and a very high percentage of runners around me where wearing them, dodging through traffic! They need protecting from themselves!
Tow path part was fine, it was what I entered for, but running us past the finish line at 10miles to do a 3mile loop back, bit unkind!
Finally - it was a lovely day for a run, but, should it have been more like Saturday, i.e. heavy rain, finishing in a field with the baggage area open to the elements, no changing facilities except going under the bridge, means this race has potential to be a miserable one.
Don't think I'll bother again. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Great race, one that I hope becomes a fixture on the calendar. In full: A great run through Hornchurch Country Park (HCP) over 24 hours. Considering it was the first time it was run, went like clockwork, thanks to Danny the Organiser who did a great job! (always shows a well organised event if the main man gets called away during the event because his wife's gone into labour and the show goes on regardless!)
Also big thanks to Dave Keeley of Havering 90 Joggers who was there in the background marking the course, spraying the reflective paint, putting up the glowstix and was still there tidying up long after the 24 hours were up.
And to H90J who not only had two teams out there but ran and/or marshalled for the whole 24 hours
Course was good, might be better with more off road, but then more runners might take a wrong turn, and for those that might have taken a "wrong" turn, i.e. shortcut, well..........Its a course that can easily be shortened but with very limited supply of marshals, the emphasis has to be on making sure you don't get lost; its down to your conscience if you take a "wrong" turn in the dark!
Other matters - I'm afraid the catering was as if a burger van had pulled up, but without the quality, food selection or service that you'd normally get in a lay-by!
Insect bites - as a local (and H90J, vested interest here) I was expecting them, so was wearing full head to toe gear, sprayed with repellent, and still got bitten! Be warned if you enter next year!
Other than those 2 quibbles a great race, really enjoyed it. Date of review: September 2, 2014
In short: Really a trail run now, and seems underrated, not sure why, as its a very good, well organised run In full: Have been doing the Stortford 10 for years now in its various incarnations, and this latest route is my favourite.
Its now much more of a trail run, with the added bonus of Marshalls to prevent those little detours that are frequent in pure trail running. Some of the going is quite rutted (muddy if wet) and a lots through long grass.
3 Drink stations, which were appreciated on a hot day, and a well-marshalled course, which could be described as flattish.
Not sure why its not more popular! When I think of runs like the Brentwood 1/2 which sell out at twice the entry fee for a rubbish medal and similar facilities it does make me wonder re runners common sense.
My only gripe was no sign of the showers, which I could definitely have done with on such a hot day, but I presume the Rugby Club were having a summer refurb, so........ just tuff luck then. Date of review: June 23, 2014