In short: Mud, mud glorious mud!! In full: My first time at this challenging, yet fun race complete with stiles, water features, deep cloying Essex mud and a great atmosphere. Treat it like a XC race and just go for it you'll be fine! The mud was a very special touch. I fell over twice and was covered head to toe in mud, I just laughed! Great marshalling, superb t-shirt, (I even won a spot prize). Good changing facilities although need more loo's please. Great race but come prepared, road shoes are def NOT recommended. Thank you Benfleet RC. Date of review: January 25, 2010
In short: Scorchio!!! In full: Hot but enjoyable. Cheeky hills added to the challenge. Fair number of villagers out with a cheer and a welcome hose. Very welcome water stations. Again agree with others, better organisation at the start and end required. Mile markers were poor and confusing, just sprayed on the road. Maybe I'm maybe unfair here, but when I questioned a marshall on how much further there was to go he didn't know!! One last comment, £2 to park on a field, could runners not pay £1 or £1.50 even?? Date of review: July 3, 2009
In short: Hot, hot, hot! In full: Supportive marshalls and never ran out of water or sponges. Found the laps monotonous and mentally sapping, would have preferred one long loop. Good for the spectators as encouraged them to stay and watch. Found the last (long?) mile tough with twists and turns, but all in all well worth getting out of bed for, especially for the Rossi ice cream afterwards! Date of review: June 15, 2009
In short: Challenging! Mud, ice, puddles, snow, sun, blue skies. Did I mention the ice and mud? In full: Challenging!! No much that I can add as its been said before. Great atmosphere, organisation, scenery. Thank you all.
Well worth rolling out of bed and the 140 mile `round trip to get wet and dirty! I'll be back next year. Date of review: February 9, 2009