In short: Hogs Back Hill - I travel 80 miles to do this race every year! In full: It's one of my favourite races and since I run a March marathon every year in Jerusalem (very hilly) this race signals the beginning of my serious marathon training.
The organisers are excellent and the addition of the course shaped medal this year is a welcome addition. Date of review: December 8, 2014
In short: Mud, medals, mud and did I mention the mud? Great fun In full: So my daughter and I trekked down from chigwell to take part in this race. It was our third race since we started training for our marathon later this year.
We chose it because it's hilly and looked like fun
It was hilly
It was so muddy
It was so much fun
I have to say I've not enjoyed a race as much as this one. I was particularly impressed by the other runners.
I'm a slow runner. I was overtaken a lot. The elite runners (certainly the first five or six and many of the rest) gave me an encouraging 'well done mate' it a 'good work'
This is excellent and made the race very special indeed
The race was well organised and a lot of fun during the run.
It was very well marshalled and getting a medal at the end is always nice
The course is excellent and although muddy is fun
I'm certainly doing it next year Date of review: January 26, 2014
In short: Nice and easy, good for beginners but some faster runners ruin it In full: I'm not a fast runner. I broke my leg terribly in 2008 so any running is good running. I find that most races are very friendly for beginners. This is the same. There are of course the immature/ grumpy faster runners who huff every time they go past a slower runner. I've been to races (like the hadleigh 2012 legacy) where all the runners (including the first four leaders!) gave me a well done mate! As they went by. Unfortunately, as evidenced by an earlier reviewers you'll get numptys at every race. One of the things I've come to love about running is how the majority all pull together irrespective of speed.
This is a very nice race. Well organised and good friendly marshals. There's massive room for passing throughout the course so reviews that say its difficult to pass are wide of the mark.
I'll be there for the next one! Date of review: January 26, 2014