In short: My Goodness that was tough .... In full: First things first - This is a beautiful course, it will reward whoever wishes to be rewarded for their efforts - and those efforts will be substantial - This is by far the hardest physical challenge I've undertaken - As a new runner (13 months in) at the age of 48 I have to say I underestimated quite what this course might do to me. I was absolutely exhausted at the finish ..... and then I had to drive an hour home.....
The layout of the course was superb, but the Marshalling - my word, the Marshalling - if these wonderful people are not in charge of The Olympic Games next year, then the whole thing will be a mess - This group of men and women were just fantastic - encouraging, informative and lovely. The group at the criss cross point near the top of the course (who we saw 3 or 4 times) were amazing - The first time I saw them, I mentioned the course was harder than my first marraige. From then on when they could tell I was struggling a little, I got a cheer as well as the refreshment and, I have to say, a bit of a chat too - great people, great course - much, much too tough for me. See you next year! Date of review: July 26, 2011
In short: Slightly lacking in ....something In full: I enjoyed the race. The marshalling was really good, the locals were supportive in certain parts of the course, the facilities at the start was fine, but, for me, something was missing, and I can't quite put my finger on it -
Maybe it was the greyness, the cold, the cars that were a little 'too' close to the runners at times, none of which could be blamed on the organisers, maybe it was the bland mug or the lack of (obvious) km markers - I don't know.
I enjoyed it, and got a PB, but for me it was missing ........ a 'spark'. Date of review: February 7, 2011
In short: New Runner questions existence of God in ploughed field.... In full: The thing I noticed most about this race, my first ever x-country, was how often you noticed a country church, just as your feet were sinking shin deep into a ploughed field.
Divine intervention didn't help me finish this race, but the encouragement and humour of the wonderful Worthing Striders marshals definitely did.
A year ago, with no races under my expanding belt, and no interest in running any, if You had told me that I'd be lining up at a race that STARTS with a 1k climb, in 1 degree centigrade, wearing tights, the day after all the snow in Sussex had melted on this particular course, AND that I'd love every second of the much closer to 2 hours than 1 hour it took me to run, well I'd have called you crazy.
Last night, before i settled into 90 minutes of deep sleep before my aching 'muscles' woke me up i kept seeing flashes of coloured lycra in front of my eyes. This morning, no joke, I am suffering from 'Angmering Park tree root withdrawal symptoms'. This evening I have entered a race called the Steyning Stinger Half without knowing a damn thing about it.
Worthing Striders, marshals, volunteers, Police and most of all -you kids with chocolates - Thank You for an unforgettable day.
See you next time. Date of review: December 6, 2010
In short: Glorious Weather for a First timer at 10K distance In full: How to offset the nerbes of a first time runner... 1) Arrange for glorious sunshine, no wind, a seafront setting, a well organised friendly event for a worthy cause 2) Go back to 1 and repeat.
Great flat course, with no crowding at all this year (at least at MY pace!), and a few mini-challenges for the first time 'racer'.
Congrats to all at Chestnut Tree House and all organisers and sponsors. Superb! Date of review: September 13, 2010