In full: Nice starting venue. Helpful and cheery officials/marshalls. Single multi terrain lap with some killer climbs, very scenic. Run crosses a few farmer's fields which are a bit choppy in places. Definitely not a course for a PB. Only fault I would find was a lack of distance markers. I would definitely do this event again Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Lots of positives with pleasant route and great atmosphere but need to sort out timing groups at start and remove bottleneck out of park as came to a complete stop for 20 seconds. Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Great race well marshalled for the first attempt In full: Great race, shame about the bottle neck at the start, the race could be started in the main road, at one point there is narrow bridge before you turn left, the traffic was held back to allow the runners to cross, but the Marshall did try to stop the runners so that the traffic come cross over.
When doing the last few miles a small part of the road should have been coned off toward allow runners to do the last few miles on the road, instead of the pavement.
On the whole a excellent race and well managed Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: First time doing Pleshey and will definitely return, rural route, fantastic marshalls and slick organisation. A cool medal and hi vis tech tee-shirt at the end. No complaints, keep up the good work! Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Great first time effort In full: As many people have said, for a first time event, the organisers did very well. I enjoyed the pre race communications, not too many but enough, and the added video of the route was a great touch.
Again, as others have said, the start was poorly organised. No (apparent) zones to line up in - all it needs is a dozen signs with predicted times on them, plus the runners to be called to assemble more than 10 minutes before the off.
Once en route, the support was great from the locals, even in the most rural areas there seemed to be a friendly face! A nice course - pretty with a few cheeky hills to test you (going up), and delight you (going down), and a a nice glorious sweeping finish into a well laid out and well supported race village.
As with others, my Garmin measured 13.2, but I assumed that to be expected with a bit of criss-crossing of the route etc. what was surprising was that my chip time was a full 20 seconds off (slower) than my watch made it ? A few seconds yes, but twenty ??
In all, a great run, and I think that the organisers are sensible enough to listen to our comments about the start, and then they have a great event for 2015 which I'll be there for !! Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Great fun, terrific experience In full: Lovely lovely course, really beautiful and some fun trail to run on. The marshals are all excellent and the atmosphere is friendly to say the least. Will be back for more next year! Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Cornwall's great secret... In full: Well it must be if no one's rated it since I last ran it two years ago! Same comments now as then; it's a great 10k and it's run in August and if you're on holiday like me it's a real treat so go for it and all the proceeds go to the mount's bay harriers. Well done that club! Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Incredible setting for a very we'll organised race. I would expect more runners in 2015 In full: Fabulous weather, beautiful countryside and all round views across Oxfordshire including a section running along the River Thames. The location and organisation (plenty of stewards and well marked course) make this cross country 10k a must for next year. Not a PB course owing to Wittenham Hill (or was it a Munro?) at 9k. Nice Earth Trust water bottle at the end. Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Great race - well organised - scenic - a few hills. In full: I enjoyed the half. A few tough hills, but nothing too bad. Very well organised, with plenty to eat and drink on the way round, and at the end. I particularly enjoyed the golden syrup cake. Well done to the organisers and marshals. Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Great race In full: Great course, great organisation, great marshals, great atmosphere, great medal, great lime green technical t-shirt, put on by runners for runners no frills just a great course in lovely country in more or less perfect weather (warm but a bit cloudy). Well done Springfield striders will be back next year! Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Certainly not a PB but lovely scenery makes up for the hard hills! In full: 1st time ever doing this run, it was a lot harder than i thought, countless hills but really nice scenery and such good value for money, it would seem like a shame to miss out!
The only draw back is there weren't enough water stations (only 2) and I'm sure the mile markers were out by 1/4 mile but the full route was 10m. Definitely needed the arrows on the route as there were parts of the route, i had no one behind or in front of me so I was hoping that i was on the right route! Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Very scenic, multi-terrain race with a mix of steady flats and a few challenging climbs. Relax with free bangers and mash and festival atmos afterwards. In full: As a self-confessed tortoise I spent most of the race with the 'last man' but loved the scenery and the introduction to multi-terrain racing. Thighs were dead by about mile 7 when we rejoined the canal. Despite being at the back, the marshalls cheered everyone on to the end. Gates aren't friendly if you are chasing a PB, although they make a handy excuse for a breather! Not a massive field (about 90), but large enough for a friendly atmosphere. Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: One of the best marathons out there! In full: I've ran a lot of marathons but never a trail one. The run was very well organised, incredibly scenic and somehow the most challenging sections, such as the mega hill roughly half way, were the most fun parts! Will definitely run this again and be giving road marathons a miss for a while :). Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: One of the best half marathons I've done in a while In full: After completing almost 20 half marathons, this one is definitely one of the better ones. Impressed especially considering it was the first year. Agree that that bottle neck at the start could do with sorting out for next year.
A few of the local businesses offer their car parks in exchange for a charity donation which I thought was a great idea. I didn't park in the closest or furtherest away, & my walk to the start was only 5-10 mins. I think the furtherest wouldn't be more than 10 mins away.
The race village was one of the best I've seen. Really buzzing & lots of stalls to check out. The race actually started on time too which was great!
The route was lovely & scenic despite being run on roads (rather than off road), & where there were supporters they were really giving us a good cheer!
Getting to the finish, there was loads of cheering from the crowds & a really good medal, technical t-shirt, drink & banana.
All in all, it was a great race. The only downside was the crowding at the start but I think the organisers should be pleased with what they've achieved for the first year. Date of review: September 21, 2014