In short: A challenging race, but good times still possible In full: My first time for this race, although I did the marathon a few years ago when it still started from Ryde. It was a freezing cold day with an icy cold wind which was biting. I've the greatest admiration for all the brave marshalls that stood for hours in the cold and shouted out encouragement to us. Also the well organised,secure baggage area and overall excellent race organisation. The only improvement would be more toilets, which is a problem at all races. I understand it was a new route this year, and everyone I have spoken to agrees that it was an improvement on previous years, so well done again to the Organisers and all the helpers. I'll definitely be back next year God willing. Date of review: February 3, 2015
In short: A very well organised race, with a very friendly atmosphere In full: Conditions for this multi terrain race were perfect. Dry and sunny but not too hot. Marshalls were friendly and encouraging, and water station at the start of the climb at 5k was welcome. Also top marks to the helpers serving tea and cake which went down well.
It was a nice touch having the Mayor giving out the trophy cups, and I and a club mate both received one. It was our first time at this race and we will return next year, hopefully with more club members.
It was a shame that there were not more runners, especially considering the perfect weather. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: A challenging race, but good times still possible In full: A very well organised race, with nice touches such as the friendly ladies serving teas and cake from the pavilion, and supervised baggage storage including keys. This is the first race that I have been to that labelled keys! Parking was hassle free which is always a blessing.
The course was hilly, as promised, with lots of fast downhills, making up for the tough ups. The Marshalls were all very friendly and supportive, drinks stations sensibly spaced out, and two Jelly Baby staions which were very welcome.
Results were on line in the afternoon, which was very impressive.
There were three of us running from my club, and we will try and recruit more for next year. It's a pity that there were only 206 runners, and I hope that won't put you off holding the race again next year. Date of review: August 4, 2014
In short: A well organised, possibly PB race, but too hot on the day. In full: This is my favourite mixed terrain race and the 22nd time I have run it.
The organisation, as usual was excellent, with ample parking, plenty of toilets, enthusiastic marshalls and a nice scenic, virtually traffic free course. The water stations were well positioned and manned. and plenty of water and orange at the finish.
It was very hot, as usual, but thankfully not as hot as last year. I was 8 minutes quicker which either means I was fitter, or had become acclimatised to hotter conditions. Date of review: July 17, 2014
In short: A well organised, possibly PB race, but too hot on the day. In full: A fast flat course, but the heat made the going very tough. There was only one drinks station on route, and my cup was only a quarter full.
The course was rather dull, running twice round an Industrial Estate, but on a cooler day, would have seen some faster times. An 11.00 start was a bit unfortunate due to the temperature, and an earlier start would have been preferable.
I think the increase in entries was due to the race being given HRRL rating, but there were an awful lot of did not starts. Date of review: June 8, 2014
In short: A fairly challenging race, especially in the windy conditions In full: A well organised race, including ample parking. The marshall directing cars onto the field was doing a good job, but wasn't wearing a marshalls yellow bib. I think this made his job harder, as drivers weren't sure whether he "was official."
It was impossible to hear instructions at the start, even though I was standing near the front. This needs to be addressed, in future, as important safety information etc. is given out then.
Excellent service at the water stations and great encouragement from the helpers.
Disappointed however, at the lack of spectators to encourage us on route. Date of review: May 13, 2014
In short: A well organised, possibly PB race In full: Considering the fact that there were over 2,000 runners, things went really well. Good encouraging marshalls, cake and bananas at the finish, and a rather seventies oriented orange t shirt collected before the race.
Very cold but bright, and ideal running conditions. I was over a minute quicker than last year.
It took quite a while leaving the car park, but that was to be expected with the high volume of cars.
Very well done to the Organisers, and I'll be back again next year, all being well. Date of review: March 24, 2014
In short: A well organised race, blessed with excellent weather In full: This was my second time for this race, and I was impressed with the organisation, from the car parking, signage to the leisure centre, handing out numbers and timing chips, Marshalls round the course,and secure baggage area. The race started on time, and we cleared the start line without too much bumping and barging. There was noticeably less traffic on the roads than last year, which made the race more enjoyable. People have been very critical of the drinks stations being slow and running out of water, but I hope they didn't give the helpers a hard time. These people are all volunteers, and give up their time so that we can have a race. without them, there would be no race. Very impressive results being online early the same afternoon. I'll be back again next year, all being well. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: My favourite mixed terrain race In full: A very well organised race, as usual. The Marshalls were friendly and encouraging and sweltering in the heat in their hi viz bibs. The timing chip, attached to the back of the race number was an improvement over the Velcro strap round the ankle used in previous races. No struggling to remove it with the help of Marshalls at the finish. The only downside, as per previous years was the heat, but the 3 drinks stations were well spaced and efficiently run. This was my 21st run and all being well, will be back again next year. Date of review: July 18, 2013