In short: Well Organised, Very Friendly, Very Scenic, Slightly Challenging In full: I travelled from Essex for this race having decided to enter on Saturday afternoon, and arrived at the car park at 7.50 for the 8.30 start.
There is plenty of parking available in the field which was well marshalled.
I then went to collect my race number and timing chip, and this was well organised, meaning it took no more than 90 seconds to do this.
There was plenty of room at the school to get a good warm-up in around the playing field. There were toilets in the school, and there were also a number of porta loos available outside, so while there were queues for the toilets they were minimal compared to other races.
There was plenty of room for the massed start, and useful markers advising people where to start from depending on predicted time. One slight down side here was that those of us near the back could not hear the starter, so perhaps a PA system of some sort for future years?
The course is definitely undulating. There were three climbs to be undertaken, and two of these reduced a number of runners to walking.
There were plenty of flat sections to get a good pace up, and the last 3 km was mainly downhill so you could really get your speed up for a fast finish if the last climb had not finished you off.
Access to the finish line was good, and there was plenty of help at the finish to remove the timing chips, and to hand out medals.
The course was very scenic going through some very nice villages, and beautiful countryside. With the pleasant weather, this made for a very enjoyable run.
Overall this was a very enjoyable event, that I will definitely do again. But I would not say that this is a PB course due to the hills. If you are looking for a quick time, get some hill sessions in in your training, otherwise just look to enjoy the course and the challenge. Date of review: April 15, 2012
In short: One of the most enjoyable races of the year! In full: This course is undulating, but the climbs are long and shallow rather than short and steep. There are some down hill parts to make up for it. No problems with cars on the roads, free burger afterwards, held at a lovely village pub, with post race bar b q and beer tent. Perfect Friday evenings racing! Date of review: June 9, 2006
In short: Very enjoyable race In full: This is a very enjoyable event, that runs through some scenic countryside, and is well supported by the local villagers. There is also plenty to see and do for the rest of the family to make this a great day out. Date of review: May 29, 2006
In short: Very Challenging But Well Organised In full: This is a very challenging race with some long climbs involved. The organisation is very good, and the medal is also nice. There is plenty to keep the family occupied whilst you run. You'll be lucky to set a pb here, but it is a race worth doing. Date of review: May 21, 2006
In short: A day I'll never forget In full: This race is a race I will never ever forget. The organisation was superb, the atmosphere was electric, the course was fairly flat and enjoyable, and the medal/goody bag/foil blanket were all worth running for! Date of review: April 24, 2006
In short: Easily one of my favourite races! In full: This is a fantastic race through the Suffolk countryside, that is well organised, well marshalled, and very friendly. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Fantastic event for all the family In full: This is a fantastic event, where runners and non runners are given great consideration. There are excellent changing, toilet and parking facilities. The marshalling and policing is top rate. Whilst the runners are off doing their thing there is plenty to do for the non runners, including free tea and coffee!
The course is fairly quick, but challenging in places, but this is definitely one race to put in the yearly calender.
Just one thing though, anychance of fencing/roping the finishing straight off from spectators so that the mid pack and slower runners can come home unhindered? Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Could a 20 mile event get any better? In full: This is a fantastic event! The scenery is wonderful, the marshalls are friendly and encouraging. There are more than enough well manned water stations. There are a few climbs, but only the final hill is worth worrying about. We travelled from Essex to Norfolk for this one, and we thoroughly enjoyed our day, and we will definitely be back next year. Well done to all those involved in organising todays event.
p.s. Could someone please apologise to the womens under 18s football team for my walking into their changing room at half time of their match to try and use their showers ;) Date of review: March 5, 2006