In short: One tough old course! In full: Congratulations to everyone who made this year's even possible. Unfortunately, the elements were against the organisers so lots of diversions were put in place. This was my first ultra and I have to say, I enjoyed it! There was plenty of mud, the occasional hill, some more mud and lots of water! I suspect this is in part due to the main path being flooded and the route being diverted. There were a couple of areas I came across where I wasn't sure where I was going so a few more correx signs would have helped to keep me on the right track, but I made it from A to B before dark so I was more than happy! All runners were extremely friendly and very welcoming. The helpers and marshalls all made for a good race. If you don't mind getting your feet wet or a little dirty I would recommend this to anyone, although I shall probably look for something a bit warmer myself next time around!! :-) Date of review: February 6, 2014
In short: Great race, no PB potential, but well organised, well supported, scenic run! In full: 1st time running this race for me. Challenging first 3k up the hills, but after that it's pretty flat, with a sprint to the finish for a well earned Mars bar!!
Well organised, great marshalling and good traffic management to ensure runners safety throughout the race.
And there was plenty of support on the course to cheer you round.
Would definitely recommend this race to anyone regardless of ability. Date of review: November 7, 2013
In short: Cracking little marathon In full: Set in the Cyclopark near Gravesend, Kent, this is a challenging 17 lapper. There are a few hills, although they're not massive, but they do feel like they get bigger as the laps move on! As it's short laps it was nice to always have other runners around, and there was always plenty of space to pass. Organisation was faultless and there was always someone on hand to answer questions. Marshalls and helpers at water station did a great job and once you finish, you're greeted with what has to be the biggest ever!! You also got free, professional photos as part of the entry fee! I shall look forward to coming back and getting a decent time next year. Date of review: June 1, 2013
In short: A nice course, great for a first 13miler In full: An opportunity came up to grab a place in this race so I took it.
Getting to the event was tricky due to London Underground engineering works over-running and only 1 way in, but thankfully the organisers postponed the race for 45mins to allow people to get there.
Sadly the weather wasn't with us, but that didn't dampen our spirits.
The organisation was sufficent, but the toilet area was a little chaotic and queue jumping was rife. :-/
The route was well marshalled and took in plenty of Greenwich.
I was disappointed with the music aspect of the run, particularly as this was what appeared to be the driving force behind the run! There were a couple of live acts, but the rest was a few vans dotted about with some speakers and I definitely didn't feel empowered to run any faster at any point round the route.
I was presented with a nice medal at the finish, but the other goodies were energy bars and smellies in big boxes and no bags to carry anything. Needless to say, it was sad to see some runners walking off with entire boxes of stuff which meant that runners coming in late were probably going to be short-changed.
Overall, it was a good run, but I felt let down that the hype surrounding the music around the route failed to deliver and if I had taken my iPod I would have probably got more from that! Date of review: October 19, 2010
In short: If you want a tough, mix-terrain 15miler, this is right up your street! In full: An excellent run race around Bewl Water.
The course is mixed terain with a couple of stiles, but the majority is on pathways. It's been bone dry lately so the ground is very hard. If it rained for a period of time, this course would be even more challenging.
The final hills are very demanding, and the remainer is quite undulating. Definitely not a course for a PB.
The course was well marshalled and there were frequent water stops along with Lucazade and sponges. Even some Jelly Babies at 2 points!
There were plenty of people to cheer you in and the club had also organised some entertainment and a vast selection of cakes.
Overall a fabulous race. It's a hard course, but if you can run up the hills at the end you'll get a real sense of acheivement.
I'll definitely be doing this one again.
Well done to all those that made today possible. Date of review: July 4, 2010