In short: A good route on closed roads. In full: For a small event this was a well put together run. It was perhaps a shame that the air horn couldn't be heard by the 10k runner from the 5k start line, but at least that meant that the 5k runners had well cleared the road by the time the front runners charged forwards. The closed roads were a pleasant surprise for a race of this size, which is no mean feat by the organisers. Well done! It was however a little remiss to remove the drink station at the half way mark, when there appeared to be plenty of ATC/Scouts to help. I'm sure that the problems with the wind blowing the cups over could have been resolved with man-power. That said, if I'm back in Bath next year, I'll look this race up again. Date of review: October 5, 2010
In short: Well organised and marshalled race! In full: My first time running the Saffron Walden 10k, and I'll be back for more. With a large changing area, hot showers, refreshments, a testing course, drinks station and army of marshalls there is little more to wish for. A bottle of water and quality T-Shirt at the end seal the deal though. I'll be back next year - hopefully thinner and fitter :| Date of review: September 27, 2010
In short: Mud, glorious mud! In full: Another great event put on by Benfleet. Great marshalling and plenty of water stations. The jelly babies were welcome around mile 10. I PB'd this year despite the worst mud I've experienced on this run - but that's what makes it fun. Great tea, and some of the largest slices of cake I've seen in a long time.
One minor gripe - some porta-loos would have prevented a massive queue in the gents.
All in all though, a race that Benfleet should rightly be proud to host. Date of review: February 3, 2010
In short: Whoever said Essex was flat should enter this race! In full: As a veteran of this race I knew the score. I'd forgotten how hard that second hill was, but resisted the temptation to walk, although I felt that I was hardly moving.
I was glad to discover the first water station at the bottom of the first hill - a very welcome improvement from my previous attempts.
Great course, great marshalls, great design on the T-shirt, great day out. I even managed to knock a minute and half of my previous best on this course, which made my day!
Thanks TGT, for another horribly wonderful race. Date of review: July 20, 2009
In short: What goes down, must come up! In full: My second year at Tiptree, and this year I knew the form. Fast and furious start, followed by a long countryside cruise and a tough but achievable uphill finish. I love hills, so this was a great race for me. I knocked over half a minute off last years time, despite carrying a knee injury. Had I not had to run within myself I would have knocked minutes off.
A special mention should go to the young lad in the Policeman outfit - quality. Great water stations every 2.5 miles, and an army of marshals.
I'll be back next year, hopefully without a wonky knee. Date of review: October 14, 2008
In short: Deja vu In full: For a 1 lap race I was surprised to run 2 laps. That said, I enjoyed the race and it helped the second time around to recall what was ahead. In fact, the undulations seemed less the second time around. The marshalls and organisation were very good, and I am truly impressed with the paper weight which was worthy of reorganising my study. In fact I'm so chuffed with my gift, that I've almost forgotten about the strength sapping uphill sections, uneven surfaces on the tracks and gait altering cross winds. If a classy paper weight can have that affect, one can only imagine what a positive impact hanging an olympic gold medal round your neck can have on your memory of a harsh race. Date of review: July 7, 2008
In short: Surprisingly fast undulating 5 miler In full: The race starts from the fantastic location of Howe Green, and gradually winds upwards towards Litley Green. The first mile is uphill, but then the course undulates up and down for a few miles. A water station is welcome relief at 3.5 miles, and the long downhill home starts just after the 4 mile mark. A deceptively hard slope brings you to the finish line just outside the Green Man pub.
A burger is included within the entry fee, and was very welcome. The beer inside the pub was glorious, and worth the 20 minute queue. My family met me at the pub, and we enjoyed a very good meal - which proves that you can mix business with pleasure.
My only suggested improvement as a first timer for this race is to have a banner/ballons/flashing amber light marking the finish line which was rather lost in the melee. I almost got pipped to the post as I hadn't realised I was so close to the finish line. I appreciate that space is tight.
That said I ran well, and enjoyed the food, which gave me a fantastic start to the weekend. Date of review: June 16, 2008
In short: What goes down, must come up! In full: Well organised parking, although I struggled to find the venue, even with Sat Nav. A couple of sign posts may have made my task a little easier.
That said, a great race, with a good mix of on and off road. The roads were country lanes with considerate marshalls to regulate the traffic. A water stop at the 5 km point was welcome on a warm day. Keen observers will have noted the 8 km marker on the way down the track, and will have realised they were in for a slog back up. It was fairly challenging, but a realistic climb. Quite a slow course I found, but well worth the effort. The wife liked the T-Shirt, so well done BSRC for a nice new 10k race. Date of review: June 9, 2008
In short: A flat yet brutal race In full: A good figure of eight course with plenty of water stations. Good marshalls who remainded helpful in cold and windy conditions. A vast amount of car parking seemed to be available too.
Minor criticisms are that the hall was a little small for the assembled crowds at the start. The finish on the grass was a real energy sapper, but the upside was the reweard of a nicer than usual medal.
Despite the constant wind, a good introduction to the half marathon distance - recommended. Date of review: February 4, 2008
In short: Turkey burning run In full: I love this run for its short sharp course, uphill start and long downhill finish. You can't fail but feel good about yourself once you've finished and warmed down.
The great weather made this year even better. Well done Witham RC! Date of review: December 27, 2007