In short: Beautiful scenery but no warm up session and disappointing medal. In full: My first 10K. It is in Edinburgh, so the scenery is very nice, pretty hilly though so may be a challenge for some. The start was very claustrophobic, we were packed in like sardines. Took a while to break away but once I did it got a lot better. The medal was a bit disappointing I thought, but the goody bag overall was fine. Make sure you put your t-shirt inside out in the wash though, or it will ruin.... Date of review: May 11, 2015
In short: Not an attractive route, pretty hilly but nice atmosphere. In full: I took part in this race as I live in Birmingham and I was curious to see how it would be as this is its first year. The atmosphere at the start and end is great, but during is pretty grim, very little in the way of encouragement. All very hilly in some bits, I'd say it was quite challenging for a 10K - make sure you are prepared for the hills!!! Nice medal and the t-shirt was fine if you are happy with a cotton one. I wouldn't do it again, as the route is pretty ugly (Birmingham is not the prettiest place anyway but they could have went up Harbourne rather than into an industrial area). 70's/80's/90's music was a nice touch. It's not awful but I didn't like it enough to do it again. Date of review: May 11, 2015
In short: Magical mystery tour... In full: Great race. Fun easy running through the tunnels then lots of nice trails through the scenic bath countryside. Some really nice singletrack sections and a crazy derelict tunnel with glowsticks! Date of review: May 11, 2015
In short: First time half marathon - had a lovely day. In full: This was my first half-marathon. I had heard terrifying stories about how hilly it was but in reality it really wasn't bad at all. I thought it was very well organised. Any annoyances (nearly knocking someone over who stopped dead at the finish line) but nothing to do with the organisers. It would have been nice to have had a few more goodies in the goody bag, but overall it was just great and I'd heartily recommend it. Fellow runners were lovely and friendly too. Date of review: May 11, 2015
In short: Hidden Gem of a race.. In full: Very well run and friendly race. Good balance of runners of mixed abilities and plenty of room for everyone. Good marshalls and locals out supporting never tired of clapping. Great chunky medal, technical t-shirt and a bag for finishing. Chuck in a Mars Bar and they've nailed it :-) Well done Bracknell Forest Council. See you in 2016. Date of review: May 11, 2015
In short: hilly, gorgeous, friendly In full: Picture-perfect course, challenging but not killer-hills, faultless organisation, supportive and plentiful marshals, spot-on mile markers, friendly/feel-good atmosphere amongst runners, easy/close-by parking. My 2nd time here-failed to better last year's time...but still as much on a high after the race. Big thanks to all involved. Date of review: May 11, 2015
In short: Very friendly and well organised 10k In full: My first organised 10k race in a long time and very glad to have made the trek across London to take part in this one.
A great little course with a bit of variety and challenge (mild ups and downs), very good organisation (although a few extra loos might have come in handy) and some really great marshals who were great at providing encouragement the whole way round.
Very friendly and supportive crowd as well - the finishing line was very enjoyable.
Definitely recommended - I can see myself taking part in it again and inviting friends to join me. Date of review: May 11, 2015
In short: Excellent In full: My first marathon, and my friends weren't kidding about the hills. Did it under 5 hrs and there was plenty of support and water stations around the course. I also picked up a nice tan on the back of my neck. Not many events this year have done that ?? Date of review: May 11, 2015
In short: very hot, otherwise could be a lovely event In full: Well organised, parking near the start/finish, plenty loos, crap showers (tepid and just a heavy trickle of water rather than a shower in the ladies), lots of lovely supporters, cheery marshalls and very friendly all round. Only slight criticism was at the finish line where the helpers seemed more concerned about if I was OK when all I wanted was the chip removing and my medal.... but I had a serious blood sugar low so may have just been me! Lovely event, but hilly and hot. Personal worst on the time! Date of review: May 11, 2015
In short: very hot and hilly race, very good atmosphere In full: Goody bag was poor this year but liked getting my medal put over my head. Liked the new start wave this year. Much more organized. Need gels or energy drinks at the half way point as this is where we're flagging after doing the horrible hills. Date of review: May 11, 2015
In short: Tough race In full: The staggered starts were a good addition this year, although I did notice people with the wrong colour number in my starting group. I didn't witness any bottle neckking, but my group started at 9.30,so it may have been different in other starting groups.
I undertrained this year and suffered for the whole race. I would recommend some hill training for anyone wanting to run this one as it was very challenging in places. Will be back next year. Date of review: May 11, 2015
In short: Brilliant support and organisation In full: My first 10k and a great atmosphere, lovely park route and (luckily) sunny weather! Standouts for me were people cheering by name (printed on all numbers), music in several parts of the course, and nice straight finish, and a CLIF bar at the end! Date of review: May 11, 2015
In short: A lovely 10k race great for both experienced and first time runners In full: Ealing Eagles...well done on a great 10k. Such a great friendly atmosphere and it's what makes me love small races run by friendly running clubs rather than the bigger more commercial running events. Whether you have never run before or are an experienced athlete this is a great 10k and brilliantly organised and marshaled. The marshals all deserve a pat on the back for their support and encouragement, not just to club EE club members but all those running. Date of review: May 11, 2015
In short: Brutal yet beautiful In full: The race was (mostly) a pleasure to run, scenery was literally breath-taking in so many places. Hills were equally breath-taking and brutal. Only my second marathon, and first trail marathon - although marathon is not quite accurate as I found out at the starting line that it is more like 28 miles than the 26.2 it's advertised as. So, officially it's an ultra-marathon! Arrow markers were very unclear at times and I would have come in 10 minutes earlier if I didn't have to do so much running back and forwards trying to find just WHICH way was the RIGHT way.... That was frustrating. Massages at the end aren't as advertised - I ended up being a 'straggler' who came in just over 6 hours and the massage peeps had already packed up and when I asked them about a massage they looked at me rather dumb-founded and confused. I reminded them the 'goodies' for completing the race was a medal, t-shirt and a MASSAGE. They were obviously keen to get to the pub and I pity the people who actually WERE sore who came in after me... This was very much a let-down of what had been a really spectacular and memorable experience for me. Even so, I'm already excited about booking it again for next year (and getting that massage like promised!...) Date of review: May 11, 2015
In short: Essex country side at its best with this very well organised race. A ++++ In full: My second marathon and only booked as a training run for my 100km Race to the stones in July and could not have loved it more. Fantastic in everyway. So well organised they even print up direction for your supporters so they can get to a great viewing area and see you at least twice on the run. The countryside is just so beautiful and really keeps your mind off the miles. It was very hot yesterday but I kept really well hydrated with the excellent water stops. Each one offering water, squash and nearly always jelly babies and orange slices. All marshals where brilliant especially standing in the sun all day, so many thanks. Will be back next year, many thanks :) PS I got a PB so added bonus Date of review: May 11, 2015
In short: Glorious scenery - well stocked checkpoints - huge medal - T-shirt In full: Longest run I have ever done and was a little nervous at the start but that all disappeared with the calm organisation and a reminder that most would be aiming for 12 hours but the cut-off is actually 15 so just enjoy the run. The checkpoint staff were helpful & enthusiastic and made sure you had your fill of fluid and food before leaving. The scenery was amazing and it really felt like an adventure. Fairly new to the Ultra scene but in general I was welcomed, looked after and appreciative of the course and the HUGE medal at the end. It was nice to see the organiser Steve interacting with runners on the facebook page and it made people new to his events feel part of the team. My friend has run this race four times now and I can see the obvious attraction of a local (to us) friendly event. Loved the rice/chilli and garlic bread at the end too :-) Date of review: May 11, 2015