In short: Great first time effort In full: As many people have said, for a first time event, the organisers did very well. I enjoyed the pre race communications, not too many but enough, and the added video of the route was a great touch.
Again, as others have said, the start was poorly organised. No (apparent) zones to line up in - all it needs is a dozen signs with predicted times on them, plus the runners to be called to assemble more than 10 minutes before the off.
Once en route, the support was great from the locals, even in the most rural areas there seemed to be a friendly face! A nice course - pretty with a few cheeky hills to test you (going up), and delight you (going down), and a a nice glorious sweeping finish into a well laid out and well supported race village.
As with others, my Garmin measured 13.2, but I assumed that to be expected with a bit of criss-crossing of the route etc. what was surprising was that my chip time was a full 20 seconds off (slower) than my watch made it ? A few seconds yes, but twenty ??
In all, a great run, and I think that the organisers are sensible enough to listen to our comments about the start, and then they have a great event for 2015 which I'll be there for !! Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Great firs time effort from Toby and co In full: I agree wholeheartedly with many others - a great race, well communicated and generally well organised. The start was a little confusing and therefore lots of people in the wrong place (causing the obvious knock-on effects). Course good with lots of good local support (helped by the weather no doubt), and the finish in the stadium was great. How they plan to replicte that finish in Woking will be a challenge!). Agree that no goody bag is not a bad thing, but some nutrition at the end was necessary. All in all a great day out. This event has the potential to grow and grow in numbers, but they'll need to account for that in the starting pens and narrowness of the 2-way roads. But I for one a already signed p for next year and will be an ever-present if each year is as good as this .... Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Slippery When Wet !! In full: As someone has already said, this was a blast from my past and took me back 30 years to running cross-country races at school ! A great event, expertly organised - small enough to be personal and friendly, but big enough to have atmosphere and commeraderie (sp ?!).
I welcomed that commeraderie at 4.5 miles - I was realy enjoying the race by then, and was pleased I had negotiated the steep descent, but then slipped fell quite badly on a cocrete / muddy farm track. Lots of blood on my knee, hands and elbow - but better than that was lots of people running past asking if I was OK. Someone told the next marshall who came to find me to see if I was alright. That support was much needed and I limped to the St Johns people at the 5m waterstation who patched me up enough for me to complete the next 5 miles (admittedly in some pain!). Was very pleased to finish in 1:37, factoring in those hills, my fall and the 5 minutes with St Johns...
Great race, great fun - cheers Alan, Nicky et al.... Date of review: October 22, 2013
In short: If it wasn't for the wind ...... In full: OK - I guess you DO have to expect some wind on an airfield, but it's a shame it was quite so strong! BUT - still managed a PB of under 45 mins - wonder what it would have been without the wind (AND with some training!). All in all a good race. Good fun, excellent support (thanks to all the WAGS !!). Stayed on to watch friends oin the Duathlon - nutters !!! Date of review: April 19, 2009
In short: Great Run !! In full: Excellent facilities - what a place !! The runb was good, nice and flat, if abit windy. The organoisation was not as promised, buyt for afirst-time event it was absolutely fine. As for the venue - stunning. Great cafe, nice and warm and roomy inside - some excellent old and new cars to see, as well as a good range of attractions, etc - fun for all the family. No excuses (such a s a10k race) needed to go along to Mercedes-Benz World for the day !! Date of review: March 2, 2008