In short: A fantastic race - thanks Chester! In full: Really lovely race - great organisation and support, lovely views, plenty of water/sports drink/gels on course, a fabulous finish on the racecourse and a proper goody bag! A couple of small but cheeky hills mean that this is not an entirely flat course but don't let that put you off, this race definitely comes highly recommended!
Thanks to the organisers for putting on a fantastic race and for arranging the perfect weather for marathon running! Date of review: October 9, 2012
In short: Well organised, enjoyable race in a lovely location In full: This is a great race in a lovely location. The organisation and support were excellent, many thanks to the organisers for adding in an extra (much needed!) water station. The run itself was scenic and enjoyable, undulating but not hilly and the rare opportunity for a post-race dip in the open air pool was much appreciated!
In short: A very well organised, enjoyable 10 miler In full: My first time at the Sandy 10 and I really enjoyed it (despite not running terribly well!). The race was well organised and very well supported by a great team of marshals all with very fetching headwear. The route was enjoyable and well-planned (great to get the hill out of the way in the first 2 miles and then come back down it towards the end). I'd definitely do this one again (and hope I'll run better next time!). Date of review: April 3, 2011
In short: Great friendly off-road half marathon. In full: Enjoyed this last year so came back again. Great early off-road half which is small and friendly. African drummers at the start and at half way were fantastic. Big thanks in particular to the marshals around miles 6-7 and the very vocal supporters at mile 12! Not the place for a PB but if you want an interesting, enjoyable run along the river I'd thoroughly recommend it. Date of review: March 20, 2011
In short: Fabulous friendly run with great organisation and wonderful weather! In full: I had such an enjoyable run today. The atmosphere was very friendly, the organisation was great, the scenery and route were fantastic and even the weather was wonderful! You need to keep your eye on the runner in front at all times or have your directions to hand (and be able to read them whilst running!) and chances are you'll go the wrong way at some point but that's all part of the fun! I would definitely recommend this race or its 20 mile big brother (did that one last year)...not sure I'm ready for the marathon distance yet though! Beginners would be made very welcome but would have to be prepared and know what they were letting themselves in for (i.e. running up hills, across ploughed fields and over tree roots etc). Thanks v.much to Bill and the team at Dunstable Road Runners for putting on a great event. Date of review: September 12, 2010
In short: A real 'feel good' 10k In full: This is a great race in a wonderful village. The organisation was great, the traffic-free route was lovely, plus you get chip-timing and a t-shirt for a very reasonable entry fee (with all proceeds going to the local school and other community organisations). After you've raced you can re-fuel on hog roast/fish & chips/sandwiches/tea and cake or have a go on the coconut shy or tombola; what more could you ask for?!? Date of review: June 1, 2010
In short: Friendly, scenic, enjoyable half for a great cause. In full: Really enjoyable race. Lovely (if slightly more taxing!) to run off-road; supportive, friendly marshalls; fantastic drummers and for a great cause. A great morning out. Date of review: March 21, 2010
In short: Lovely early 10K run, although 'bracing' on the way back! In full: A perfect early-season 10K; it was fantastic to run along under the bright blue sky, in the sunshine and be beside the seaside beside the sea (I live in Hertfordshire so big novelty factor for me!)....until we turned round to come back and it was slightly more challenging (I managed to get a PB though!). As other people have said, the prom was quite busy which made an interesting dog/bike/walkers/children obstacle course at times but I preferred that to the agressive motorists you find on road-based 10K's! Well organised for a first-time race but if I had to give 'areas for improvement'... As a stranger to the area a few bright signs pointing out the parking and the way to the start would have been good. I wasn't exactly sure where the finish was until I fell over it so a banner or a few balloons that you could see from a distance would be helpful (so you can time that all-important 'sprint' finish!). Given that the prom was quite busy I wonder whether it would be better to start the race an hour earlier next year?
And finally, given the very reasonable entry fee I can't believe some of the complaints about the 'goody bag'! Date of review: March 11, 2010
In short: Wet and wild but strangely enjoyable.... In full: Chose to do this half as part of my build up for a late Nov marathon....so also had to do 50 min run before the race started, which was nice! The course was much better than I had expected and it was great to be able to run on traffic-free paths all the way round. I would echo the previous postings that the marshalls did a fabulous job in really awful conditions. Thanks, particularly to the marshall on the final turn who encouraged me to push hard up the little hill and catch the man up ahead (I did!). Finishing on the track was fun for those of us who don't usually get to run on them! Overall, good race with great support....and very entertaining that the rain stopped just after I had finished! Date of review: November 9, 2009
In short: Great XC race - thanks Flyers! In full: A great cross country race in a lovely location with really good organisation and support. Challenging but very enjoyable, I'll be back! Date of review: October 18, 2009