In short: Tough, Muddy, Hilly, Fun! In full: This is a great event that is well organised by Benfleet running club. The organisation is impressive, and the marshalls are fantastic offering great support and encouragement along the route. But, this is a tough course with a number of steep hilly sections, and due to the wet winter there was lots of mud and waterlogged grassy areas. Don't let that put you off, whilst it is tough it is very enjoyable and leaves you with a great sense of achivement upon finishing. Date of review: January 22, 2014
In short: Fast Flat Friendly - And Hot! In full: A very well organised race, on a very flat and fast course. Great race HQ, with excellent teas, coffees, bacon rolls, etc. Marshalls were cheerful and supportive. The day was very hot, and lots of runners suffered due to this. Only question I have, is would it be an idea to have a 9am start instead of 11am in the middle of summer? Date of review: July 14, 2013
In short: What more could you want from a local race? In full: This is a very good race that is suitable for beginners and experienced runners alike.
The car park was easy to find and well marshalled. The race HQ was at the village school which had clean and smart toilets, more than enough for the amount of runners.
The race start was a short walk from the HQ, and had the village hall toilets available just yards from the start line.
The course is very undulating with very little flat sections, it weemed you were either going up, or down. The roads were quiet country lanes through scenic countryside, and the course was well marshalled.
The final 200 metres were along a stretch of grass, and at the finish there was a plentiful supply of water.
After the adult race there was a childrens 1 mile race around the farmers field which obviously was all off road and traffic free. The children could enter for just £1 and all of them received a medal. This race was also marshalled by a number of volunteers who were enthusiastic and encouraging.
For £10 what more could you want from a race? We'll be back next year. Date of review: June 9, 2013
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