In short: What more could you want? In full: Three races, four gifts, free camping, free ice tea, cheap ice cream, post-race massage for a £5 donation, and a mini beer festival with beer at £2.20 a pint.
All for £30.
The courses are always variable, and this year was the worst conditions underfoot since the event started 10 years ago. However, considering the amount of rain we have had in the last three months, and the length of time we thought about emergency procedures, the risks were reduced to a manageable level.
There were a few minor scrapes but nobody returned seriously injured, and nearly all runners returned happy, tired but muddy.
In short: Amazing...thank you. In full: Distance relays like this and the Round Norfolk Relay turn an individual sport into a team-bonding experience. Everything about the event is fantastic and I so want to be back next year...Olympic tickets for women's beach volleyball notwithstanding...
There were a couple of minor blips but, to be fair, they were caused by the doubling on the entry and the organisers will sort showers and food queues out for next year I'm sure.
Very many thanks to the organisers and especially the marshals ! Date of review: August 3, 2011
In short: A PB course with lots of faster runners In full: This is a no frills race which has fortunately upgraded to chip timing. The start is a bit crowded, but everyone still went off too fast. However, this race is made for a PB, which I duly achieved, owing to lots of faster runners turning up and feeling I was in a race instead of a time trial for a change. Date of review: November 30, 2008
In short: It all depends on the wind... In full: If you are looking for a PB, then there are few races flatter, but if there's some wind, you'll notice it. Today's conditions were pretty much spot on, though, with about 10mph against from mile 6 to 9-ish...
Thanks to the marshals who stood out in the wet weather when they could have been tucked up enjoying an extra hour in bed... Date of review: October 26, 2008
In short: There aren't many flat HMs around... In full: The flatness and timing meant that lots of faster runners were in attendance - this meant it was a bit more than a time trial for those fortunate enough to be doing sub-1:20. Tip for those who don't know Peterborough and it's very extensive network of car parks - remember which section of the multi-storey you parked in...not that I panicked...much... Date of review: October 12, 2008
In short: Thanks to Garden City Runners from Bedford Harriers In full: The organisers did a good job with this race - and the marshals were plentiful, encouraging and pointed the right way. Thanks from all of us at Bedford Harriers. Date of review: September 7, 2008
In short: Every year is a different challenge... In full: Guys - this is how I saw it in the first year I didn't organise it for five years. Even though I run round the Colworth estate most lunchtimes, I never get tired of the terrain as the conditions change by the week.
The weather was actually perfect this year - dry on Friday night, but enough late rain to soften up the ground for Sat/Sun and Oggie's mother-in-law organised the wind on Sunday to dry out the tents.
For the record, medals for the 5 and tot glasses for the challenge are now "traditional"; the other two races usually get different mementoes each year (although this year it was more or less the same as 2007). It's quite tough deciding what to do within budgetary constraints but we do our best.
Congrats to all finishers - it is definitely a challenge. Date of review: June 24, 2008
In short: Super organisation, massive effort all round from the Harriers In full: This was a tough race made bearable by the plentiful, cheerful and supportive marshals. This is the second race in a row (Wootton last Dec too) many of the Harriers have stood outside in the cold, rain and wind. Without them, the race would not be safe. £15 is extremely cheap for this degree of organisation and the loos and showers were available when I needed them. Date of review: March 16, 2008
In short: Milton Keynes isn't as dull as people make out... In full: The positives: Championchip timing, a fast course, very beginner friendly.
Less good: the environmental consequences of using bottled water, several marshals who were not wearing hi-viz vests especially at road crossings, and fellow runners wearing headphones (it is DANGEROUS to you and others in a race that is run on public footpaths and roads). I suppose having Nike as a sponsor doesn't help this either...
It's definitely on my list of races worth doing again though, and I'd recommend it to others. Date of review: March 3, 2008