In short: A great run for beginners, but also a PB course for the more experienced runners. In full: A very flat course run on good surfaces. A great feel good run. Celebrity athletes handing out the medals and posing for selfies. All for a great cause. Date of review: December 21, 2015
In short: A fun challenge. In full: This was a hard race, but I loved it. I was very much a novice when I ran this one, but good organisation and general friendliness put me at ease. I hope I get the chance to run it again next year. Date of review: December 21, 2015
In short: A nice atmosphere but tough going In full: I have never done anything off road before and i totally underestimated quite how much was off road (maybe half?) and how much harder mud is to run in. I would probably do it again but as a 'fun' marathon. I was 30 mins slower than at Brighton earlier this year. Oh and lots of people (me included) thought the course was long and the markers were in random places. Date of review: December 21, 2015
In short: Cracking event!! In full: Good entry fee for a 10k, scenic location, nice undulating trail course, happy supportive marshalls and decent goody bag! All in all a cracking morning out and I look forward to next years event! Date of review: December 20, 2015
In short: Great pre-Christmas race In full: Excellent no nonsense organisation again from the Ealing Half marathon team. A lovely race in the grounds of a national trust property. I loved the varied terrain and even the bit on the road was fine (a quiet residential street). Lovely cheerful and encouraging marshals, great signage ('right turn ahead' etc), quality medal and a mince pie at the end, what more do you want. Oh and no problem parking on the street outside the park. Date of review: December 19, 2015
In short: I was expecting a little bit more In full: Good medal, nice surface to run on, urban surroundings with start/finish located in the middle of nowhere. I enjoyed the race a lot and was happy about my new PB and performance throughout, but this does not change the fact that it was not extraordinary. It was ok. Date of review: December 16, 2015
In short: Great race in a wonderful location. Mince pies were a nice treat. In full: Superb location with the start facing the house and passing through the gardens on the first lap. I was lucky enough to follow the sub 50 pacers from a local club who were spot on with their timing. An extra bonus was being able to do the parkrun before the race began. Date of review: December 15, 2015
In short: Very friendy event, and flat enough to go for a PB In full: I've ran this three times now and loved it every time. I ran as a pacer this time (team members every 5 minutes) and it was really rewarding, the runners with me all finished with smiles. Great fun. Date of review: December 15, 2015
In short: Brilliant friendly race In full: Lovely race. Nice and flat with some lovely varied terrain. Some road, some muddy path and some woodland and grassy areas also. All went without a hitch. Date of review: December 15, 2015
In short: A well organised, challenging, multi terrain race. In full: This was a first class race, and especially well organised considering it was the inaugural. The course was challenging, but good times were still possible. Marshalls were friendly and encouraging, and signage was good. Water stations were well manned, and also offering the energy drink as well as water. We received a medal and water at the finish, and then a very welcome cup of hot soup and bread roll. There were 8 runners from my club, and we have recommended it on our web to our other members. Well done for such a good race! Date of review: December 15, 2015
In short: Good route but start needs work In full: Repeating other reviews, this race is quite a nice run, reasonably flat (though will a hill at mile 10 that slowed a few people down). The only real issue is the start. Given the number of runners, the start gate was far too narrow. A phased start would be much better for everyone. Also having the start so close to a narrow right-hander didn't help. It took a good two miles before the runners started to thin out a bit. Given all the locations to start this race in and around the MK route, I think there must be better start locations.
Otherwise this was a nice run, puddles aside. On a number of occasions we were running through nicely meandering tracks through paths and near canals. Some support from locals too.
Congratulations to the organisers for adding first names to bibs, which helped the odd cheering local to throw a bit of support to you - it does make a difference. Date of review: December 14, 2015
In short: Glad it started a bit late In full: Once again, there weren't quite enough loos, leading to a delayed start - but this played into our favour, as we got stuck in an awful traffic jam on the M1 en route, and just made it to the start at the anticipated gun time (and I didn't have my chip attached at that point).
Course had suffered from the recent rain, with some really epic puddles to barrel through - you want trail shoes for this one if you've got them. It was ankle deep a couple of times - skirtable, but given the dank conditions generally, not worth skirting round.
It's crowded to start - if you want a PB, you'll have to be right at the front, as there's a bit of a bottleneck but it opens out quickly enough. Some of the route is single track. No problems with mile markers this year, and simply excellent marshals. And I mean excellent: there was a major medical incident going on at mile 11.25 when we got there. The marshals got us past with no major fussing (and managed to get the people who made a wrong turn at that point back before they'd gone too far down the canal). We really hope the runner's safe (it looked very serious). Date of review: December 14, 2015
In short: Great cross country run. In full: This is a gem of a run. Very low key great course, nice straights, can't really get lost, good running ground mixture of soft and gravely ground. I ran in spikes and was okay, lots of people ran in trail shoes the first 2 ran in flats. Real value for money. My 15 year old son was smiling like a Cheshire cat who had just done a bag of cat nip after this event. Thank you see you next month. Date of review: December 14, 2015
In short: Simple, well marshalled miler In full: A few minor niggles. There are council toilets on site which were half closed off, surely someone could have arranged for them to be opened. Also there is a Cafe at the start finish, what a waste, it would have done well today. The start was delayed by 5 mins as everyone lined up the wrong side, needs a little more organisation there but the marshalling on the route was great, Thanks Date of review: December 13, 2015
In short: Good medal, organisation could be better In full: The 'with Mo Farah' bit was rather spurious. Running around the Olympic park to get a t-shirt with his foundation on it and a Santa mobot medal was pretty much about it. This was a Run Through It event in all but name. I didn't expect him to be there, but something about his foundation might have been interesting. Instead, there was precisely nothing.
I found the organisation quite poor. All the post race flapjacks and mince pies had been eaten by the time the second wave finished, although we did have bananas. The course was okay, but we intermingled with tourists and non-runners rather unhelpfully several times. It was a good running surface, except for the big puddles (fun running through them though!) and I did manage a PB, so not all bad. Just not the greatest run or the best organised race.