In short: Friendly race around a windy airfield In full: Lots to like here. A well-run race with friendly organisers, decent showers and changing rooms, a nice distinctive medal and a free milkshake at the end. The Dairy Crest milk float that leads all the runners adds a surreal touch. The course is largely flat with a couple of moderate hills so, while it's not a "quick" course, there's certainly PB potential compared to some other local races (e.g. Cambourne).
The only read downside is that the scenery is not much to speak of, if that bothers you, Most of the race is a lap around a big windy airfield! This also means an inevitable headwind at some point.
Not to detract from the race organisers, but the chip timing firm they hired this year had added a pointless gimmick where all the racers had to queue up (for a long time let me tell you) to collect their results one-by-one from a single laptop. It might look fancy in theory but in practice it's massively inefficient. What's the point? Just print the results out page by page as they come in, pin them to a wall, and then everyone can gather round them - it might be old and boring but it's much quicker! Date of review: July 16, 2012
In short: Lethal but Lovely In full: A friendly and well-organised race but be warned! The course is extremely tough. Lots of steep climbs and some long sections which involved wading through brown sludge. Could've done with a canoe. Good atmosphere in the face of adversity though and some attractive trails.
I second the reviewer who suggested an additional water station -- or perhaps they could just use bottles. It was a pretty hot day and you don't get much fluid in a plastic cup. I don't want to detract from the organisers though. Special thanks to the marshal 8.5 miles in who gave me a sip of her coffee thermos when I was feeling dehydrated. And it's definitely a good idea to hold it in a rugby club - needed that shower afterwards! Date of review: June 18, 2012
In short: Well-organised off-road race at the price of a fair few tough climbs In full: The route takes you through a country park and is entirely off-road, so nothing like what you might expect for a run through a town full of new-builds. Race organisation is impeccable: chip timing, lots of loos and stands, staggered starts, etc. It's a big race (about 1000 runners) but doesn't feel too crowded after the first couple of KMs. The big quid pro quo is that the route is very hilly indeed, surprisingly so for a Fenland run (where do they find these hills?!). This adds an extra dimension to the race but might hit your PB dreams. Date of review: April 17, 2012
In short: Well-organised race with challenging surface and sea winds In full: Really enjoyed this route (some nice views of the sea and the rattle of boat-sails) though it's definitely tough on the times: lots of gravel, some uneven grass paths and really big sea winds coming on and off the island. The 10K attracted about 100 runners and there were three water stations, which was good -- but they used bottles which seemed inefficient compared to cups. Hope they cleared them all up.
Also the markers were a bit weird: 5 miles and 6 miles but nothing before that (and weird to do it in miles too). Luckily I knew this from previous reviews so wasn't too thrown but it's worth keeping in mind. Date of review: September 11, 2011