In short: Amazing! Better organised than most races and all for a fiver In full: This training run had it all - friendly runners, supportive marshalls, 5 wave start over 10 mins to avoid congestion and squash, tea and cake at the end. I was never made to feel slow and even though it took me nearly 2:20 to finish there were plenty of people hanging about at the end. Water stations at 4 and 8 miles and a jelly baby station at mile 9 was enough to eliminate the need to carry too much hydration / nutrition. If I was being picky I'd put in a request for cake to be homemade, otherwise can't fault it! Bring on the 17 next month! Date of review: January 29, 2012
In short: well organised, friendly and flat. In full: A lovely little club race with great marshalls in an ideal race venue. There were plenty of changing rooms with showers. I'm glad I decided to do this despite recovering from illness. My only criticism is that because the timing board starting pens were not close to the start, everyone got a bit jumbled and the latecomers ended up at the back. I ended up being pushed forward and had to literally stop before the line to start at the back.
Other reviews imply that virtually the whole race is on the airfield. In fact the first 4k is through the village and the last km also on country lanes. The finish line is right next to the clubhouse so there's plenty of support for the backmarkers. Date of review: January 15, 2012
In short: everything you'd expect for the money In full: Overall an enjoyable race. It did the job - I drove 45 miles for a race with PB potential and it certainly delivered. A few minor gripes, but for the money I won't complain about the lack of goody bag or comforts in the HQ. It offered runbritain ranking, great marshalls / atmosphere, a nice medal and plenty of water which is all that really counts. Having said that, chip timing would be appreciated - my gun time adds 39 secs to my watch time and there was plenty of runners behind me. One more thing that could be easily fixed is some sort of signage indicating you're allowed on the private road to access it (Hangar C2 meant nothing to me). I turned around and did a good few miles detour thinking there was another way, only to find myself on a byway. I was pleasantly impressed by the scenery though, having expected it to be industrial. Date of review: November 20, 2011
In short: had the well organised feel of a mass event but with a few details missing. In full: Overall I really enjoyed the race, can't fault the venue and scenery and there was a lovely charity atmosphere in the event village. Plenty of marshalls on course but very few actually cheering and lots just sat down looking bored. Yay for the spectators cheering! We were told because of the heat (28 degrees) there would be extra water stations at marshalling points, however the last water stations were empty so my last bottle was at 12k, little over half way round, which meant despite me taking my own 500ml bottle I was out of fluid for the last 3+ miles. The gels were a nice touch though and really helped me through. Didn't appreciate having to bend down to fetch my own water after the race and given the water in the goody bag a bit further along, thought that water should've gone on course. A lot of hanging around at the start (25 mins late) meant after dropping baggage, it was an hour from last drink / toilet 'til the start, in blazing sunshine. Could've done with more precise starting pens, 2 - 3 hours is a big difference and everyone seemed jumbled. Probably why this was the first race I've ever gone off too fast. The t-shirt and medal are great and entry to the grounds make it good value, pity I just wanted to get home. Date of review: October 2, 2011
In short: definitely one to save the date for every year In full: Virtually faultless, scenic, great organisation and atmosphere. Although expensive, the fact it's for charity softens the blow. Fantastic course for spectators as it's very twisty. My support crew spotted me three times plus the start and finish, and that's walking at the speed of a 4 year old. Date of review: June 28, 2011
In short: fab race, will be back next year In full: well organised from start to finish, supportive marshalls which really helped when you're towards the back of the pack and it's hot. The only (minor) downside is that I decided against bringing the family because the out and back course looked difficult for them to get to (without a car) and there wouldn't be much to entertain them at HQ. Date of review: June 28, 2011