In short: Horrid weather dampened an otherwise straightforward 2-lap race In full: Rain is never good news for any race, and so too for the debut year of Stevenage's new 2-lap course. Race HQ was cramped and services were overwhelmed, especially at the bag drop-off as everyone braved the rain at exactly the same time. The starting-line gymnastics, combined with more than a handful of sharp, awkward turns throughout the course, were the only real negatives of an otherwise straightforward run. The 2005 weather conditions made this an incredibly difficult course for a PB, but I'd hazard that there would be more personal victories if the weather was more accomodating. This is not a terribly scenic race, and what you see the first time around makes a comeback on your second lap. There are some pretty patches, including a lake-side path which afforded a pretty panorama of the distant hills, compromised somewhat by an enormous factory with smokestacks in the foreground. Otherwise, the paths are good for running. The race organisers put in a great effort, and deserve high marks for their spirit and endurance through the gales and drenching rain. It's one thing to be running through the weather; it's quite another to stand and get soaked by it whilst maintaining a smiling face. Overall, not a particularly memorable run, but a fine way to spend a Sunday or get in some training.
In short: A slog through tough countryside - don't be fooled by the track runner foto on the brochure! In full: The 2004 race was dogged by bad weather, but it was always going to be a battle against the elements with this race. If you're out for a PB or even just a solid road race, this is definitely NOT the run for you: It's hilly, full of stiles, and very muddy if it's been raining. If getting down and dirty off the road is your sort of thing, then this give Clarendon a go. Date of review: September 24, 2005