In short: Great race, organisation was superb. In full: My first mara but didn't do anything to put me off. Parking was a little worrying as none was available when we turned up (early as told to) but plenty of street parking was available.
Plenty of toilets at the start to allow you to "blow off" excess pre race filling. Marshalling was perfection all the way round the course.
The hills were small but sometimes steep (especially at mile 17). Water stations were numerous and the sponge thing worked really well.
Locals obviously happily support the race as so many turned out.
The finish was well managed with nice commentary.
The medal though was carp.
Will do again... (did I just say that?) Date of review: October 1, 2009
In short: Nice unpolished run in brilliant atmosphere In full: Have a soft spot for Horndon due to family connections but the start could be better organised and if possible started a little earlier due what are often very hot conditions. The course itself is by its very nature hilly and the first down and back hills is a killer. Once up the hill you complete a two lap round and back before heading off on to the final trail through the local farm. The heat was pretty bad this year but the three available water stations was pretty well placed (Thanks also to all those family who got their hoses out). Not too sure about the need for a single file finishing line but didn't effect me. Date of review: July 5, 2009
In short: Excellent no nonsense race In full: Marshalling good, well organised, no problems with traffic blocking movement. Would prefer water bottles at stations however as light plastic cups half filled are mainly spilled as opposed to drunk. The kid with the jelly babies in Blackmore... thanks!
In short: Lovely day for a well organised run In full: It was a well attended race, well organised and extremely lucky with weather. Plenty of loos (although the permanent ones are in a distressed state!). The organisers did an as quick warm up to start as possible... arranged to get the faster (sub 60mins) runners off first. The course is described as multiterrain - it is mainly on grass but there was a terrible patch of aggregate which was extremely difficult to run on. The grass is in places extremely unlevel/potholed which requires concentration and makes for a challenging run. The two water stations were well staffed with bottles at the finish and cups at the 5K marker(prefer bottles as can't run with polystrene cup!)It also has two laps not the one lap suggested. Possibly a little longer than 10K (Garmin logged it as 6.29miles). It is certainly not a flat course and is constantly undulating (why do the uphills always seem longer than the downhills?) Fantastically marshalled throughout with good encouragement and plenty of sore hands I imagines as they kept clapping for the whole time I was running (48'37" to be precise).
Plenty of spectators but little for them to do (other than clap and cheer) - been to plenty of "Race for Life"s and always had plenty of stuff to do for spectators... why not here?
A very nice charity race! Date of review: October 12, 2008