Jenny Zaremba

Slough, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Member since Aug 2017

My Completed Races

2017
Bedford Half Marathon
2017
Race the Train
2017
Muddy Welly
2017
The Grizzly
2017
Bloodwise Blenheim Palace Triathlon

My Latest Reviews

Completed in 2017

5

This race is a jewel - my favourite running race ever!

Running the Grizzly is fantastic - the people (competitors and marshals), the challenges (the river crossings, the mud, the hills/cliffs etc) and the surprises that they sprinkle in (past participants know what I mean!)

We enjoyed the whole weekend - going to the quiz on the previous evening as a group (and doing OK), Seaton parkrun and the event itself.

The sound of everyone running across the shingle beach is totally incredible (and indeed the feeling of having someone else's legs at the end of the beacj and coming onto the road without even  a mile done!) and things just get better and better!

I did make the mistake of not wearing grippy enough trail shoes for the depth of the mud this year (lulled into a false sense of security by previous years!) - but having the fire brigade hose us all down at the end made sure that the mud did not leave the seafront!!

Posted on 11.01.18

Completed in 2017

5

This is a must-do race!

I ran the full distance (up and down) this year, having down the shorter down-only race previously.

The course is fantastic - and great support in the town and of course when you pass/ get passed by the train! I ended up completely covered in mud - veen taking a deep dip in one plave - but loved the challenge of the terrain, the mud, the hills, the cross camber field.

It really is an amazing race in amazing location - you have to put it on your bucket list!!

Posted on 11.01.18

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.6

Lovely run - would do this again

I really enjoyed the route and the cameraderie of this run. The scenery was lovely and the marshals very good.

I even managed to get a massage at the end of the race!

Posted on 11.01.18

Completed as a first timer in 2017

2.5

A beautiful course, but way too many runners - avoid this one!

I had a bad omen when the traffic was queueing and blocking a major roundabout to get into the car parking field.

It was then quite a long (but pretty) walk along to the race village - which was a good warm-up. But this was over-run. The toilet queue went all the way around the baggage drop-off tent and people were missing their start and getting into rows about others pushing in front when people had waited 20-30 mins to use the portaloos.

The start was not signposted and not easy to find, but asking passers-by we found it. And then it was hectic.

The main route was 2 laps of circular path, which meant that faster and slower runners were constantly mixed in together - which made the running stressful and caused a lot of people shouting at others and not a nice ambiance.

There were lots of stands at the finish, but I had to shoot off, as I was worried about getting out of the car park amongst all of the crowds.

Nice medal, but I would suggest that you run the course on your own one day rather than do the race.

Posted on 11.01.18

Completed in 2017

4.7

I love to run this every Good Friday!

This 10 milers is a real test - psychologically and physically. I love it!

It starts with a couple of laps of the business park and then heads around farm land and lanes, past the White Waltham airport, over the railway line through a field and a downhill last mile to the finish.

There is a lovely Japanese lady who cheers from outside her house and I have seen every year for 10 years!

And the tea and cakes, plus the massage at the end is brilliant.

A reason to look forward to Easter! 

Posted on 11.01.18

An iconic race

Whilst getting into the race village and out again takes ages - allow loads of extra time and have everything in a backpack so that you can easily carry it over the bridge to transition - it is a great event!

The course is busy and challenging - from running up the hill to transition, through the bike course which tests bike handling and into the run - you can push yourself as hard as you like.

The race village is full-on and the transition really busy and buzzing all weekend. Good crowds as well as great competitors and amazing views, I also had a nice massage after my event.

Posted on 11.01.18

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.9

Brilliant 2nd race of the series - and not so muddy this time!

The organisation for this race was really good - with toilets and changing rooms in the school rugby pavillion. 

The race organisers and marshals were really friendly and supportive and the 2 lap course meant that you could work on running a negative split.

I really liked the sections through the woods - it was not so muddy this time, but very scenic!

And the sweetest thing was that a few weeks after the race an iTab arrived with my name and finishing time to go on the medal to personalise it.

Posted on 11.01.18

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.5

A challenging course for a late season push!

We had an incredibly cold day in the Thames, followed by drizzle and wind on the bike (which has some great hill sections), and then a very pretty (if uphill!) trail run in the Hughenden Valley. There is also the challenge of a split transition.

It was a great event - with enthusiastic marshals and a really nice atmosphere.

I would recommend this as a friendly local race that will certainly test you! There were quite a few punctures on the bike, and one girl was unlucky to come over the handlebars after a front tyre puncture (but was OK). 

 

Posted on 08.01.18

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.7

If you are doing Iron Distance, you need to do Outlaw

I loved the friendliness - from the sign-up and email build-up, through the briefing and racking and on the day. They wanted you to have a wonderful race day - as well as applying all of the rules and making it a proper race.

The swim route is very simple - I can imagine that wind would be a factor, but we were lucky enough to have a still day. The bike course is beautifully scenic, whilst the run course is a little more prosaic.

Some friends who were having a hard day felt that the support was thin round the course, but the finish is fabulous and I even managed to have a shower in the changing room before my massage! Brilliant.

Posted on 08.01.18

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4

What a beautiful location for a triathlon!

I loved this triathlon! The lake seems to get quite cold, so be prepared for a chilly swim, but the run up the hill to transition should warm you up and the undulating bike course and trail run with a cheeky uphill certainly will!

The starts are all mixed, so be prepared for some bruising in the washing machine of the swim (through the whole distance of the swim in my leg) and the bike course is very busy and on open roads. Whilst excellently marshalled and policed for drafting (a number of disaqualifications), it demands excellent bike handling skills as you go through the mix of semi-pro triathletes through to beginner cyclists, mixed in with residents going about their weekend business - which makes for some unpredictable moments!

The scenery on the run is breathtaking (in every way) and really makes the whole tri. And the finish area has a totally brilliant vibe with loads of stands, really enthusiastic announcers and a constant throng of people, families, dogs etc!

Posted on 25.09.17