In short: Mud made in heaven or hell!??? In full: I ran the Benfleet 15 last year in the snow and this year was a lot harder, not only the mud which was slippery and lots; but the course was a real eye opener. Running up that final hill to the finish marker near killed me. But, what a trulu fanstastic way to spend a Sunday morning with like minded other nutters who enjoy a bit of self punishment. Benfleet running club proved again what a nice bunch of people they are, their marshalls are superstars and with words of encouragement or just mickey taking gets you around the course.
I will be back next year for sure. The t-shirt is an hourour to wear and the cakes and the very nice ladies serving the cakes were even better.
Well done all involved. Date of review: January 21, 2014
In short: Great race run by a great club. A+ In full: What a truly magnificent race. The course is good and not overly challenging, one hill at the start and then it's down hill from there. The marshals are happy and very friendly and the welcome extended was really good. Everybody was happy and really pleased to see you there. One top mark in your calendar for sure. Well done Striders, what a great club and what a great race. Date of review: November 7, 2013
In short: Flat course, good loop, nice atmoshpere. In full: The Southend half is a good race, flat course with a good loop (twice). It was nice to see the leaders go past you twice as normal I never see who wins. The day was good but the event organistaion could have been a bit better, the car park chaos delayed the start by 15minutes (good) as the queues for the five portaloo's was long! The baggage reclaim took almost as long as the run which was a bit disappointing. Also, there were no XL t-shirts to buy (proceeds to Havens) which is also a shame. Date of review: June 19, 2013
In short: Great race from a great club In full: It was my first Benfleet 15 and it was a blizzard. The marshals were simply awesome and they're encouragement alone kept me moving and finishing in a good time (for me) Date of review: January 24, 2013