In short: It's as good as the reviews said... In full: I tend to be from the 'horses for courses' school of thought when it comes to runs. I have done some which were well reviewed and I didn't enjoy and other which were badly rated and I loved. So with some skepticism I journey from London to do the Cross Bay Challenge and it was bloody brilliant. Unrivalled scenery, very challenging, real comradeship among the runnersabd well organised. I've done a number of the EnduranceLife runs and think this surpasses them in both challenge and scenery. Couldn't recommend more! Date of review: July 6, 2014
In short: Good but needs improvement... In full: Good bits 1) Well supported on the route and another London event which in my view are too sparse. 2) Nice running around areas I know. 3) Personally I love the water pouches and I had no problem getting them. Far better than bottles which are a huge hazard on route.
Bad bits 1) Transport: The bus guide lied as the buses stopped far further back and we had to cab. For 12,000 people couldn't the overground be on? 2) Toilets: Not enough 3) Baggage: Not quick enough 4) Cost: At that rate there should be a technical t-shirt... 5) Easier entry into pens (rather than fence jumping) Date of review: June 23, 2014
In short: Great support, awesome water packets and perfect weather but why the stupid corner? In full: This is a great race. I've run the London Marathon which is obviously special but Brighton really does turn out for this and make it an equivalent experience. The water is plentiful, the gels and energy drinks regular and the sea front finish exhilarating.
Two smalls gripes:
1. Who's stupid idea was it to have a very narrow right hand corner within a few metres of the start. It resulted in me walking round it and a starting mile a minute slower than the others.
2. Please just shell out for some more toilets, particularly on route.
With this I think this could be my perfect race. Date of review: April 9, 2014
In short: Great Race with one caveat In full: Great race, challenging course made worse by huge puddles, well organised and quite scenic. Only criticism (and a fussy one) is that I am incapable of drinking from plastic cups. Hopefully they will get a water sponsor to provide bottles in the near future Date of review: February 3, 2014
In short: Great Race but I was expecting something different In full: I think my expectations were a little high for this race as it has always been the half that gets special mentions. Yes the number of participants is impressive and in terrible conditions the support was good too but after leaving the city the scenery is pretty grim and the undulations make PB's very difficult. I couldn't help comparing it unfavourably to the BUPA 10K which I feel is the stand out event in it's distance.
Overall very good but not the best... Date of review: September 16, 2013
In short: Close but no cigar In full: GOOD -A GOOD NUMBER OF TOILETS -REASONABLY PRICED -GREAT STEWARDS -GOOD ORGANISATION ON THE DAY -GREAT WATER STOPS
BAD -HAVING THE HALF-MARATHON SET OF JUST BEHIND THE 10K WAS SUICIDAL PARTICULAR IN LIGHT OF THE VARIED ABILITIES -THE ROUTE WAS PRETTY UGLY -THE COURSE MAP WAS HIDDEN AWAY IN THE 'CONTACT US' SECTION IF THE WEBSITE
OVERALL WORTH A LOOK AT Date of review: March 11, 2013
In short: Breathtaking scenery and great organisation In full: Positives: A beautiful course shows off some of the best terrain in the UK and the most challenging. The organisation was very good and the course directions as good as any I've seen even in such barren countryside.
Negatives: The start of the race was single file up a narrow pathway meaning that there was no overtaking. As I was near the back of the pack I spent a long time walking at a slow pace in a traffic jam. This could be avoided by positioning oneself higher up the field.
In short: Maybe it was the weather but this was brilliant In full: Great scenery, well organised and with an atmosphere of camaraderie this race was a perfect introduction to the trail running. It was hilly but not impossibly brutal and the views were truly spectacular. Date of review: March 25, 2012
In short: Great support and nice route BUT big range of abilities in each pen In full: This is a very flat course with great support all the way round which made it very enjoyable BUT people of wildly different abilities were placed in the same coloured group. I spent the entire race weaving and overtaking people. I didn't expect this as it's the same team who do the BUPA 10k which doesn't have this problem. Hope they improve that next year but definitely worth doing. Date of review: October 30, 2011
In short: Nice to see a 10k in North London but mix-up with course In full: Attended this run on Sunday primarily because there don't seem to be many 10k runs in North London and I wanted to show suppory. Having previously attended a couple of the Clapham based races by the same organisers I had high expectations with regards to organisation which unfortunately weren't entirely met. As the course is very windy and hilly there are a number of places where the route wasn't clear. There were enough staff to cover these points but unfortunately one was left unmanned which led to me stopping, asking watchers which was the two leaders had gone, and then following them down the wrong route and missing 1km. I was later informed that 60 runners had done the same. While I made up the distance by running an extra K at the end it took the competitive edge off my running and made the event a waste of time. I hope in future the problem will be addressed and more North Londoners will get involved. Date of review: October 3, 2011