In short: Quick and scenic in places In full: Definitely a good race to do if you want to see what sort of time you're capable of on the day! A nice mix of countryside and housing on the route which splits up distance very well... the marshals and spectators are very supportive. From the start it quite quickly opens up on to the open road so the usual race start congestion quickly dissipates Date of review: May 6, 2013
In short: physically, mentally & strategically challenging In full: Whenever I do this race (3 times now) it dawns on me again that you really need some stamina in the last 3 or 4 miles with the incline. The bit around the back of the Rye at the end to the finish seems to go on forever but once you're over the line you get an excellent goody bag and medal (and good technical tee-shirt this year) The chip timed results were up on a notice board very speedily... I'd recommend this race to anyone Date of review: July 15, 2012
In short: A well oiled event that can only get bigger In full: I wasn't sure what to expect from this race as I've mainly only done local rurality type races before and the biggest in terms of numbers weren't city courses. I can't find a fault to be honest. More toilets than you can shake a stick at, a few near the start too, though it took 15 minutes to queue I'm not sure if, logistically, more would be possible. The waved start seemed to work well, and I was priveleged to be in the front group so it seemed like going off on a regular race with the numbers in the pen. Very good medal and okay goody bag, though the t-shirt was of the usual large variety. Good pockets of atmosphere and drummers, especially along the embankment. I suspect this will grow quite big over time so would do again if possible. Date of review: May 31, 2010
In short: Promising route but kit tent delay was unfortunate In full: Definetly one of the flatter halfs I've done, no hills to speak of. Undulating/flatesque but where you seem to get plenty of downs in return for your ups.
A huge queue for the baggage tent meant I and plenty of others weren't even at the start by the time the race started. Possibly caused by loads of people misreading where the queue started but no marshalls re-pointing them. itself Other than that, good marshalling on the course, decent medal and a free hot drink which I promptly spilled half of as I thought the ground wasn't wet enough. Date of review: February 21, 2010
In short: Top local race with good organisation In full: My second time for this race... had forgotten the middle 8k as being the undulating side of flat. Most of the last k is down hill so even if you've had a bad run you can look forward to that particular thrill Date of review: September 13, 2009
In short: Neither flat nor hilly, so worth doing if you're fancying a crack at a pb. In full: As above... the course gently climbs for about 5 or 6k then theres a series of 3 short small hills before the last 3k which goes gently back downhill to the finish with a lap around the field. For me this final lap was probably the hardest part as the last 3k invites you to run quick.
Organisation wise - all good and the marshalls were plentiful and encouraging. Date of review: August 9, 2009
In short: Do-ably challenging summer xc course! In full: Lots of marshalling support helped this first time event go off smoothly. The course is a real mix of sandy path to woody trail to flinty trail and is a continuous mix of undulations and turns. The start was a 250 metre loop where frontrunners very quickly met back markers. The organisers may want to assess the out and back arrangement as when we turned we were heading up slopes which those behind were heading down. Could be a problem if you are in amongst a throng. As you get near the end you can definetly feel the slopes but in the end they make the finish more satisfying. This woudn't spring to mind as a pb course as you take a lot of sharpish turns which probably slow you down. However, having said this, the only thing which disappointed me on an excellent day was the lack of k markers but overall a good first event in a tricky place for a course. Date of review: June 21, 2009
In short: fast ten miler to start your Easter weekend In full: A handful of things stand out from this race. Starting with the positives it is flat and fast so a course for the pb hunter. Decent value and one of a rare distance it seems. On the negative side it's not a very interesting course although it does occassionally get pleasant through some fields and rural areas. More importantly they play up the 9.30 prompt start but both years I've ran there was a 10-15 minute delay to the start because of the sparse toilet facilities which make for a massive queue.
So in short if you're looking for a 10 mile pb then do it. If you want an interesting course which doesn't have to be 10 miles then look for something else. Date of review: April 12, 2009
In short: Yes a flat course, remembering you're in England! In full: There's nothing like an average race to bring out the barrage of criticisms from people lol. For the entry fee you got chip-timing, bottles of drink and a decent medal. The key problem seems to be the unmanned baggage area which didn't affect me, thankfully but folk were warned in the race info. However you would hope this would be something they can look at for next year. As for traffic queues, you can't blame that on the organisers... we get roads closed for us during the race so we can't have it both ways! On the flat front...yes it is flat and no it isn't 100% flat but it only climbs about 30 metres over the whole course and the underpasses and bridge climbs are over in a few paces. The thing to do in all races is expect some kind of climb somewhere. A good race to do if you are pb hunting is the main point. Date of review: March 10, 2009