In short: Fantastically Organised Race with Good PB potential In full: I loved this run through the beautiful Bedfordshire countryside. Not even a 24 hour wait for results could spoil this amazing race experience. Thank you Bedford Harriers....I will be back. Date of review: December 6, 2016
In short: Good New Addition to The Calender In full: Good, flat, fast and scenic route. Well organised. Good new race. Only niggle the distance between parking at the start and the finish. Shuttle buses were provided - great idea but when I finished hadn't started running yet so no choice other than 20 min walk in the cold back to the car. Date of review: December 5, 2016
In short: Lumps in all the right places In full: A fabulous event. Did it today for the first time, having never done any trail runs before. Organisation brilliant, staff friendly, and no faffing around to sort out race numbers, bag drops etc. Nice little food stall, serving pre and post-race essentials. Toilets etc on site and normal - no filthy portaloos. Very good field, in terms of M/F ratio, different ages, and differing abilities, although the 10 miler is not for the faint-hearted. That said, if a lump like me can finish, most should with a bit of preparation. Would definitely do this one again, and am looking forward to trying the Muddy Welly and Gut Buster that the organisers also offer up to those with an inclination for Sunday morning mud, sweat and tears. Date of review: December 4, 2016
In short: An absolute gem of a race. In full: Only in its second year, this has already become one of my all time favourites. A hidden gem that is bound to be bigger me t year; the scenery & course were breathtaking, in every sense. Some lovely trails, stunning views, cracking medal, amazing bacon rolls & a super friendly feel must make this a definite on my calendar next time. The perfect venue & brilliant trail run. Why on earth would you ever run round & round Dorney when you can do this? Date of review: December 4, 2016
In short: Stunning scenery & magnificent marshals In full: Another great event by the boys from My Sporting Times. Registration was slick and the ladies at the desk were smiley and helpful too. Great race briefing and an ever helpful reminder of what an arrow looked like. Clear course, super signage and marvellous marshals. Yes there were hills but what great views from the top! Great mix of terrain too. The food tent was fantastic and the music and commentary coming into the finish welcomed runners home again. Great event and it is bound to be a sell ou next year for sure. ADVICE - enter Asap! Looking forward to The Muddy Welly on 18th Dec!
In short: 13.1miles of rolling countryside In full: Well organised with lots of buses to take you from the car park to the start and back again later. No waiting about. It was good to have the school hall to keep warm in at Race HQ. The route was pleasant enough with plenty of ups and downs, mostly ups it feels like until 9miles, which makes for a good fast finish or negative split. Very friendly race and my only gripe would be the lack of perhaps a banana at the finish and a refreshing drink of squash.
In short: Cracking little hidden gem In full: First time done very impressed with Marshalls,and all the staff -well done. Has some lung busting bumps short but sweet with good down hill sweeps,it's a trail race so expect mud and you have to focus on footing but worth it. Date of review: December 4, 2016
In short: Pleasant winter evening floodlit run. Well organised. In full: My first go at a race after dark. Lighting variable in different parts of course (as advertised). Almost all was fine tho, sometimes with care, apart from one very dark short stretch of maybe 100 metres towards end of each of the 4 laps - I found that stretch something of a lottery not being sure where the road was going.
Obviously it's not a race you would do for the scenery - but the twisty course had enough interest to keep your attention. Overall, it was very pleasant and provided a good opportunity to assess fitness on comeback from injury.
Facilities at Cyclopark seem very good - no worries about loos or parking. Track is undulating - not at all steep anywhere but gives you something to think about. Date of review: December 2, 2016
In short: Much better than last year In full: As others have said, the biggest problem was the fact that the baggage was stored at a different location from the finish. If you had done the race before, finding it was easy but first timers would have struggled. Friendly marshals, great flapjack at the end and the goody bag, hoody and free photos were good value. The run itself was harder than it looked, no big climbs or descents but undulating throughout the whole event. Well done to the organisers for changing the route from last year, running whilst creating in diesel fumes from HGVs was not pleasant. Date of review: December 1, 2016
In short: Well organised and friendly In full: The main issue is that the start cum baggage drop, finish and car park are in three different locations each about 1/2 mile apart. As this race is likely to run in inclement weather, as this one was, it means you are walking around in your running gear getting cold very quickly. Date of review: November 30, 2016
In short: A very well organised and enjoyable event In full: I've participated in the bushey 10k a few times and have enjoyed each race. Great scenery, organisation and atmosphere. The marshalls are Fantastic. Date of review: November 29, 2016
In short: Nice flat race, perfec for getting back into the business of racing! In full: Hadn't raced a proper road race for ages, so wanted something fairly short, and nothing taxing terrain wise. This race fits that bill perfect. Good standard at the front, winner doing sub 25, but plenty of beginners to not intimidate anyone. Good little race, nice medal. Date of review: November 29, 2016
In short: Great organisation and well marshalled In full: My first marathon, so I can't provide comparisons. However the organization was excellent with lots of marshalls and drink/snack points along the way.
Doing the same route twice for the Marathon, tests the commitment somewhat, however the scenery was fairly good as you wind down country lanes, and around the lake.
Hardly any road traffic, so the cars weren't a problem on the roads.
Be good to see more of a turn out for the Marathon route next year Date of review: November 29, 2016
In short: Festive and fun In full: Nice flat course, well marked out. Mince pie and pud at the end; and fun medal. Only criticism is that the organisers promise prizes for age categories, but these do not appear in the results list. Date of review: November 28, 2016