In short: Fabulous organisation, fantastic marshals, beautiful countryside, what's not to like. First timer but will definitely be back next year. In full: I've avoided this marathon for years because of its reputation as being hilly - hills and I don't mix - but I took the plunge this year and was so glad I did. I loved it. I've done London twice and Brighton (pancake flat) for the last 3 years. Can't say I've "enjoyed" any of them but this one was different. I didn't want to waste the fitness I'd built up for Brighton so I thought I may as well have a go and not worry about times or PBs. On the day I had incredible knee pain from 4 miles and thought I'd have to pull out but with the help of some strong painkillers provided by a very kind lady who was supporting her other half who was running I finished and, for the first time ever, I can actually say I enjoyed it. As a person who hates hills I'd say it was undulating rather than hilly, with seemingly more downs than ups if that's possible. Excellent organisation, plenty of water stations, fantastic marshalls and great support from the local villagers. It's a must do on my calendar for next year and hopefully, without the knee pain, I think I might do quite well. Date of review: May 13, 2014
In short: But for the heat....... In full: Training had gone well, I was well hydrated, and left what I thought was early enough however long slow traffic queues to car park left me needing to do a 'Paula' in some bushes as the loo queues were too long. Excellent organisation for the race itself but the weather put paid to any hopes of a PB. On a colder day I felt I could have stormed it but although everything went to plan to mile 7, it all went downhill from there and I ended up having to walk/run to the finish. I was very pleased to just get to the finish considering the number of people I saw who'd collapsed along the way. Good value race, good possibility of a PB as very flat course, hard doing two laps though, 4 times up and down the same stretch of seafront. May be back next year - not sure though. Date of review: June 15, 2009
In short: Lovely flat course In full: My first 10k so a PB for me. Lovely scenery, encouraging marshalls, a nice flat course and a downhill finish. My only gripe would be nowhere near enough toilets before the race. Would definitely do this again. Date of review: May 5, 2009
In short: Lovely scenery, great organisation, great medal, In full: Only my second ever half marathon - PB by 10 minutes. Fantastic scenery through lovely Suffolk villages. The marshalls were very friendly and encouraging, the start and finish venue was beautiful. Gently rolling hills (apart from the up between miles 12 and 13!) and tea and cakes at the end (my husband and daughter were aware of this but I wasn't and missed out sadly). Excellent organisation and value and a lovely medal and goody bag. I'd definitely do this one again and recommend it to others too. Well done Stowmarket Striders. Date of review: March 31, 2009
In short: First time doing the Bury 10, enjoyed it. In full: I'd heard about the hills, the one from miles 3-4 was tough going but the one from 7-8 was a killer - never ending! However, having done the Dartford 10 5 weeks ago these weren't as bad as those.
What happened to the medal though? You want more to show for it than just a drinks bottle. Date of review: February 23, 2009
In short: Challenging! In full: First time for me, I'd heard about the hills but not really run a hilly race before. My best 10 mile time despite the shedloads of hills in the first 5 miles. I was really pleased. Organisation seemed fine to me, cost not too prohibitive, not much support along the route except from my own family who were extremely loud - thank you to them. The weather wasn't the best, very windy but on the whole a good challenging run. My brother, who is much faster than me, paced me and pushed me harder than I'd have run if I'd been on my own so I was pleased with my finish time. Date of review: January 19, 2009