In short: Fun and muddy In full: The first race I've re-run, and it was great. Thanks for putting marshals at the point in the woods (just before 7k) where I got lost last year! Date of review: June 24, 2012
In short: Phenomenal crowd support In full: Loved every step. It felt like all of Hastings was out there cheering and handing out food. Gorgeous weather, and a nice route, even with the hils. Bottled water would have benn appreciated, though - I do tend to drown a bit when it's in cups. Date of review: March 26, 2012
In short: Well organised, friendly, not easy to get to without a car! In full: This was a lovely race; the marshals were excellent, the music played by the DJ at the end was quality, and the race director shaking hands with finishers was a nice touch. The course is interesting - there seems to be far more up than down, even though the start and finish are in the same place! The cyclists with the 20 mile leaders did a good job (yes, two of them did lap me...) - got people out of the way effectively without being aggressive. Minor quibbles - the race info said there would be a bag drop for those without cars, which seemed to be news to the people in the registration tent, but they did look after my bag for me. The info also said the nearest station was 3 miles away - it was actually closer to 7 but, to be fair, I did have access to a map when I booked, so it's my own daft fault if I struggled to get there! I did feel sorry for the marshals picking up all the plastic cups - a couple of boxes for us to chuck them into would have saved them a lot of trouble. Date of review: March 18, 2012
In short: Flat, fast, but nothing special. In full: Very disappointing goody bag given the entry cost. Would have expected to get maxifuel products at a maxifuel race, not a bottle of red bull and nothing else (other runners had magazines and other bits but they ran out). Not easy to get to by public transport - 2 of the stations named in the notes don't seem to have trains on a Sunday. Flat and fast course, but not much atmosphere. Date of review: February 26, 2012
In short: Very friendly and supportive In full: Particularly liked the fact that every marshall had a list of competitors and encouraged every runner by name, and that the gentleman counting lengths in my lane encouraged me during the swim when I was struggling and had resorted to breaststroke. Very proud of completing my first ever aquathlon! Date of review: August 13, 2011
In short: Very welcoming for a complete novice. In full: Lovely organisers, welcoming people, many thanks to the people who explained what on earth I was supposed to be doing (especially the competitor who gave me a last minute tutorial at the start line!). Got rather lost and wet, had a great time, would definitely do it again. Date of review: July 25, 2011
In short: Friendly but chaotic In full: This was a good spirited event but had a fair few downsides.
The lack of any mile markers until 2k was dispiriting, and the fact that it took 15 minutes to reach the 2k mark, but only a further 17 to reach the 5k suggests they weren't placed too accurately.
The marshals were an odd mix - some were enthusiastic and smiley, making eye contact and giving encouragement (many thanks to those!) whereas others were staring at mobile phones, gazing into the middle distance whilst giving little indication of the route, or, in one case, smoking upwind of the runners. Given that there were no signposts (including to the registration desk - hidden at the back of the carpark), that the route involved "following the man on the yellow bike" and that the starting horn, which came with no preamble, caught pretty much the whole group (who were trying to work out if anyone knew which direction we were meant to set off in) by surprise, more high profile marshalling might have helped.
Nevertheless, this race had a friendly atmosphere and, despite being small, didn't feel scary for a relative novice. If the entry fee had been more I would have felt ripped off, but you can't complain too much for £10 (inclding a t shirt!) Date of review: May 7, 2011