In short: Its already been said, it was COLD!! In full: First time doing the Hell Runner and certainly not the last. The coldest bit was waiting at the start for the race to start. The route was challenging but tough and the bod of doom was a great moment of the race as was the lake, especially the mud slide that developed.
All in all a fantastic race on an exceptionally cold day, all runners should give it a crack
Thanks to the organisers, the marshalls and of course my fellow mad men Date of review: November 28, 2010
In short: Its London Baby In full: This was it, the final week of the taper, everything was in place, training done, marathon pace licked, I was on for it mentally with a sub 4 hour in the bag.
On Friday I was hit with a stomach bug, my Saturdays final big carbo load went out of the window and I started the race on an empty stomach (not my fault, everything I ate, went straight through :-( )
However I had done the training and I would be fine, right ..... wrong. Mile 7 I had to divert off of the course to a McDonalds en route and then mile 14 to mile 21 I ran, stumbled, walked, stopped before the crowds got me up and going again fuelled by Jelly Babies. the final 4 miles along the embankment are epic, awe inspriring and fast and then there is the sublimne final mile of Birdcage walk and the Mall ..... brilliant!!
Overall all I have to blame is that I was put in pen 8 when I put a predicted time of 4 hours. Otherwise, amazing. Thanks to all the marshals, water station volunteers, St Johns Ambulance (didn't need them but thanks anyway) and of course the wonderful magnificent crowd!
Will be back to get a sub 4 hour time (I got across the line in 4:34 in the end) Date of review: May 1, 2010
In short: Hot, hilly and no goody bag In full: Did this last year and struggled with the heat and the late start time. Not sure why I opted to do it again this year but struggled even more today than last year. the hills would be fine if it was earlier in the day and the sun was not so hot. Having said that though the support was excellent and even though the last mile drags on for ever, the crowds lining the route are fantastic. A fun size mars bar after running 13 miles, what is that about???? Date of review: September 27, 2009
In short: A hot and muggy Mayday 10k In full: I've done this race three times now and unfortunately this one has to be below par for the organisation. The start wasn't announced and I seem to completely miss the start line / marker ..... was there one! My race plan went to pots but thats my own fault. All said though its a great way to spend May Day morning and I will definately do it again! Thanks to the marshalls Date of review: May 5, 2008
In short: great race will be back again and again In full: Overall I had a great run, great support virtually all the way round makes for a special race As per all the other comments I spent the vats majority of the course weaving in and out trying to pass people who were slower than me and subsequently never got a decent rhythm going. The other gripe was the lack of signs at the stadium showing where bus stops, luggage tents were etc. Thanks to all who help organise and all the supporters Date of review: March 3, 2008
In short: sun, speed and a PB In full: Finally got around to doing my 'local' race and was not disappointed, esp. with a PB As with other comments, shame about the gun to chip timing and being stopped dead in my tracks to have my number scanned at the end but other than that a great race. Will be definately doing it again next year, lets hope the weather is as good. Date of review: February 14, 2008
In short: Nice scenic, flat(ish) race. In full: Excellent organisation, start and finish. Quite clubby but not too intimidating for a rank novice like myself. Will definately do it again next year. Shame the marshalls couldn't have sorted out the traffic jam on the M4!!! Date of review: March 25, 2005